Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Post by elsongs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:11 am

I own the TB-03, TR-09 and just bought a TR-08. I really, REALLY enjoy the TR-08. Having an authentic TR-808 interface is WAY more inspiring that playing 808 samples from an Akai MPC or NI Battery (both of which I have and which I have previously used for 808 sounds). My only complaint is the lack of individual outs for the TR- drum machines. Roland's USB audio out solution is useless for me, as my main DAW is on a PC that uses ASIO drivers. And since my interface is a Focusrite Scarlett that has proprietary low-latency drivers, ASIO4ALL is not an option for me.
I hope Roland will one day release a USB audio to analog multi out break-out box accessory though.

As for the synth Boutiques, most of them have no appeal to me. I already own an actual Juno 106 and D-50, so the JU-06 and D-05 are useless for me. Ditto for the SE-02, as I'm a caretaker of a friend's Minimoog. I was first interested in the JP-08, but the microscopic knobs and 50% polyphony were deal-breakers for me. The SH-01a seems cool, but sonically it's not too different than a Juno, so again, it's not something I really need.

On the Facebook Boutique groups, there's been discussion lately on the latency of the synth Boutiques; someone did latency measuring tests on various Boutique models and discovered the MIDI response has been measured as high as 15ms(!). Some people who do very fast sequences have noted noticeable sluggishness.

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Re: Opinions on upcoming TR-808 and SH-101 Boutiques

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:21 pm

Tried the TR-08, felt instantly at home with it, sounded absolutely convincing -- I'd have bought one, had this been available some five years ago. Would have spared me a lot of effort, time, energy, and money to find and refurbish a replacement 808.

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