Published by Nig on 16 Oct 2018

VT-4 Voice Transformer

I must admit this was a bit unexpected, but it does look very interesting. With the TR-8S and now this, one can only hope that we’ll see more re-vamps of the Aira range, such as an MX-2 or a TB-3S:-)

VT-4 Voice Transformer

Published by Nig on 08 Aug 2018

Happy 808 Day:-)

Some really really nice updates from Roland today:-) Thank you very much:-)

System-8 V1.30:

The System-8 gets a new JX-3P plug-out in slot 3.

TR-8s V1.10:

The Tr-8s gets a new Step Loop function, plus the ability to preview samples before importing.

TR-8 V1.60:

The TR-8 gets the same Step Loop function as the TR-8S.

All three also receive a number of other unspecified bug fixes.

In addition, Roland have also created a new website for the Aira range, featuring a number of new kits and sounds for the TR-8s and System-8 respectively. One hopes that this will finally see some proper love from Roland for all their Aira products, some of which haven’t reveived any updates for quite a while now.


Note that installing any of these updates will require a factory reset so backup any kits, patterns or patches you want to keep before applying the updates.

Have fun:-)

Published by Nig on 29 Jun 2018

System-8 Version 1.20

New update for the System-8, plus a bank of patches and a new manual.

Update history
[ Ver.1.20 ] JUN 2018
Additional Functions
Please refer to the “Reference Manual” for detailed information in the [ Owner’s Manuals ].

Two types of variations were added to the oscillator ( FM x 2 ).
Five types of variations were added to the filters ( JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, Formant x 2, Harmonics ).
An overdub mode was added to the step sequencer.

Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.

Performances sometimes fail to be saved correctly.
Other minor bugs.

Download here.

Patches here.

And updated manual here. The reference manual shows all the variations available for the new FM oscillators and the variations for the filters. Looking forward to trying them out:-)

Published by Nig on 25 Apr 2018

Kicking Kawai Kick

Added samples from the Kawai R50e to the samples page, here

12-bit 80’s heaven baby:-)

Published by Nig on 23 Apr 2018

TR-08 Pattern/Patch Sheet

I was thinking about how I could get all the parameters of a TR-8S kit and pattern on a patch sheet, and found one that I’d done for the Boutique TR-08, so I thought I’d stick on here. Someone may find it useful.

TR-08 Patch Sheet

PDF download HERE.

Published by Nig on 15 Apr 2018


Erm, added some samples of the Akai Rythym Wolf on the TR-8S samples page as I just know it’s what every TR-8S owner has ever wanted;-)

Have fun!

Published by Nig on 15 Apr 2018

TR-8S Version 1.04

Another firmware update for the TR-8Sfrom Roland:

[ Ver.1.04 ] APR 2018
Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.

The “Tap Tempo” did not work.
Other minor bugs.

Download from Roland

Who knew it never worked?

Published by Nig on 04 Apr 2018

TR-8S Version 1.03

New firmware update from Roland, mainly to resolve some timimg issues:

[ Ver.1.03 ] APR 2018
Functionality Improvements

Performance when a number of level faders are operated simultaneously has been improved.
The required time and the timing of kit switching that occurs when PATTERN are changed has been improved.
The pulse waveform when outputting a trigger-out pulse from the ASSIGNABLE OUT/TRIGGER OUT jacks has been improved.
Other minor improvements in operation were made.

Bug Fixes
The following bugs were fixed.

When the external clock is in operation, effects fail to correctly synchronize with the tempo.
Other minor bugs.

Download from Roland

Published by Nig on 28 Mar 2018

TR-8S Cheatsheet

Added to the Cheatsheet page.

TR-8S Cheatsheet

Bound to be some bits missing but hopefully covers the basics for now.

Published by Nig on 05 Mar 2018


TR-8S Rythym Performer

/Drools 🙂

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