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Roland adds vintage CR-78 to TR-8S and TR-6S with authentic ACB model

Roland has announced major feature updates for its popular TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer instruments. Available as free downloads, Version 3.0 for the TR-8S and Version 2.0 for the TR-6S add an Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) model of the vintage CR-78 CompuRhythm drum machine, as well as a new chromatic bass instrument derived from the iconic TR-808.


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The CR-78, originally launched in 1978, was an early programmable rhythm machine and a precursor to the seminal TR-808. Its distinctive sounds featured heavily in pop music of the 1980s. The ACB model in the TR-8S and TR-6S recreates every sound and most patterns from the original CR-78 through Roland’s proprietary modeling technology.


Joining the CR-78 is a chromatic bass instrument using samples from the TR-808 kick drum. By playing the deep, rich TR-808 kick tuned across the bass range, producers can generate basslines with the classic character of the 808.


The TR-8S and TR-6S are modern performance instruments that bring together legendary Roland TR drum machines like the 808, 909, 606, 707, and 727. The new CR-78 model expands this collection of iconic sounds. Both units include advanced sequencing and sound design options beyond the original hardware.


Roland has also updated its TR-EDITOR software for macOS and Windows, offering an improved workflow and UI options tailored to small screens. The controllers integrate tightly with the TR-EDITOR to provide visual editing and organizational tools.


With the addition of the CR-78 and chromatic bass instrument, the TR-8S and TR-6S build on Roland’s legacy of influential rhythm machines. The updates aim to provide contemporary musicians, producers, and DJs with the most complete set of classic TR drum sounds available in modern hardware form.


The Version 3.0 and 2.0 updates for the TR-8S and TR-6S controllers are available as free downloads from Roland.


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