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 🙂

Published by Nig on 08 Aug 2017

TR-8 Version 1.5

A new firmware version for the TR-8. Mainly appears to add new functionality for SP-404A Aira Sampler but also adds in the ability to change the TR-8 USB frequency to 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz.

Shame we couldn’t have had some other enhancements such as Copy Pattern A to B:-(

Published by Nig on 21 Dec 2016

Plug-outs for System-8

The Promars, SH-2 and System-100 plug-outs are now available in the Roland Content Store:-)

Roland Content Store

Published by Nig on 19 Dec 2016

JUNO-106 for System-8

Is now available from Roland, and very lush it sounds too:-)

Roland System-8 Update Page

Don’t forget to do a system reset to load the new 106 patches.

Published by Nig on 03 Dec 2016

Modular Customizer on Kindle

The Roland Modular Customizer app for the EFX modules (Demora, Bitrazer, Torcido and Scooper) is available for Apple, Microsoft and Android devices but there is no version available of the Amazon app store to use on the Kindle despite the fact it is essentially an Android device. In order to install the app on a Kindle however, is a fairly straightforward process that invovles installing the Google Play Store on the Kindle.

  1. On the Kindle enable “Apps from Unknown Sources” found under Settings > Security.
  2. Install the following Android Application Packages (Note that these require Fire OS V5.1.1 or above):

    Google Account Manager

    Google Services Framework

    Google Play Services

    Google Play Store

  3. Load the Google Play Store and install the Roland Modular Customizer.

And that’s it:-)

One thing that should be noted about installing these APKs, however, and that is the extraordinary amount of access these apps want to your Kindle, and you have no choice but to accept them during the install. Nor can you easily turn these off after install without installing further 3rd party apps. If you don’t want these apps to use your camera, send you voicemails or create/delete accounts (yes, they really need to do that), then don’t install them! If you do decide to use them, you do so at your own risk, I take no responsibility! Additionally, it may be worth you disabling the Apps from Unknown Sources after installation as well.

These instructions adapted from this thread on the XDA Developers Website.

As far as the functionality of the Modular app on the Kindle is concerned, this all looks good and at least works fine with the Scooper.

Alternatively, you could try this:

Aira Modular APK.

I haven’t tried this myself, I’d already installed the Google Play APKs before discovering it:-(

Published by Nig on 26 Nov 2016

System-8 to SH-101 Mapping

The controls on the System-8 are not that different from the System-1 so the diagram from the SH-101 plug-out should suffice in matching the controls, but in case there is a need for one I have created a new image showing the mapping:


Or, a PDF version is here

Published by Nig on 20 Nov 2016

Roland Australia

Of the numerous Roland websites, the Australian site has got to be the most useful and informative IMO. This is a great insight into the TR-8 effects:

Roland TR-8 Effects

Great stuff:-)

Part 2. Some great info on various effect uses on the TR-8.

Part 3. The TR-8 meets the Aira EFX modules.

Published by Nig on 15 Nov 2016

Site Update

Added MX-1 and System-8 cheatsheets on the cheatsheets page, tho’ TBF, the System-8 one is just a list of the available CCs ATM.

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