The Roland R-8 MkII is a 90s
classic. It is still much revered today for its
clean, deep sound. The original R-8 focussed on
acoustic sounds, but the popularity of the SN-R8-04
Electronic and SN-R8-10 Dance sound cards, which
contained TR-808, TR-909 and CR-78 samples, prompted
Roland to release the MkII which had most of those
sounds already built in. Whilst the sounds don’t
sound exactly like a real 909/808/78, they do have a
power and usability all of their own.
This isn’t an exhaustive sampling of
the R-8, but instead we chose to focus on the
electronic sounds that made this drum machine
popular with artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre.
And to add a bit more charm, we sampled it though
our favourite UA 1176 compressor.
Pack contents: 58 WAV files