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Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:03 am
by resistorman
I was inspired by Desmond’s post to install the RC 808 app and I have to say those evolved sounds will be integrated into my music going forward.

Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:20 am
by nathanscribe
The Elf wrote:
nathanscribe wrote:I am hoping that the RD-8 will finally satisfy my craving for decent analogue 808 sounds at a price I can justify!
If you've got the TR-8S I don't think the RD-8 will give you anything significant, TBH. I think Roland really cracked those old TR machine sounds in the 8/8S. I so wish they'd put the CR78 in there and it truly would have been my dream machine. As it is I have CR78 samples, but there's just something not quite right about them in sample form.

Agreed on the CR-78. Wonder if they'll release an update..?

As for the sound, I've never had my hands on an original 808 to compare. I do have the 606 and a clone 909 here, and I was very impressed with the kick/snare/tom modelling of the 606, less so with the cymbal/hats, which are tonally very different to mine. I suspect they're just like the engineering team's reference machine though, as these old things do differ. The 909 sounds I'm less convinced by, they feel a bit clean to me. I've found myself adding noise in and a touch of grit to help liven things up a touch. The modelling Roland are doing is good, and the machines are enjoyable and all that, but I'm finding I need just a smidge more wonk than they offer out of the box.

Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:10 pm
by johnny h
The TR8s is a big improvement on the original TR8 but I think Behringer will blow Roland away with this. It is my understanding that they do not have the capability to compete with it. They farm out their analogue products so margins are a little tighter than you would imagine.

I haven't directly compared the 808 to the RD-8 but everything I tried in Superbooth sounded fantastic. As much as I hate the company, they are making some great products for amazing prices right now.

Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:24 pm
by The Elf
I've had most of Roland's drum machines through my hands at some time, starting with the charmingly dreadful DR-55. I replaced my 808/909 (as I mentioned, the less said about the 707 the better - :tongue: :D ) with the Novation Drumstation, which I felt was close enough, if a bit of a faff. The TR-8 replaced the Drumstation.

The TR-8 gave way to the TR-8S.

I never made a study of the difference in sound. For me it was always a case of 'close enough'.

The TR-8S sounds close enough for me and is very convenient and flexible. I can load it up with all my favourite drum hits and have them on hand instantly. I can even load my stick trigger samples and use those to fire my Simmons module; never underestimate the difference the trigger sound makes to a Simmons - it is absolutely critical. Stereo sample playback too, which is a huge plus in my book.

For the predicted price the RD-8 is a winner. Do I need it? Nah. Do I want it? For that money, hell yes!

Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:03 pm
by Stratman57
Never had an 808, but I've still got DR110, and it still works.

Regards, Simon.

Re: Behringer RD-8

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:23 pm
by nathanscribe
The Elf wrote: the less said about the 707 the better - :tongue: :D

I sampled my old TR-505 a while back, you're welcome to a set. Stick 'em in the TR8s, it'll make the 707 sound good again. :D