Roland TR-606 Kit Coming Soon to the TR-8

A couple of years ago Roland released the 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion pack, an add-on for their TR-8 with two new drum machine sound libraries – TR-707 and TR-727 (along with other features and extra sounds).

Today the Japanese company has teased (on the Aira webpage and the Aira Facebook page) the next step for its Drum Machine Expansion pack: a TR-606 Kit.

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No details on price or features yet, but this is good news for all those beatmakers who love the classic Roland TR-606 sounds.

Here’s a video of the TR-606 in action

A bit of history
The Roland TR-606 Drumatix is a programmable analog synthesis drum machine built by the Roland Corporation from 1981 to 1984.

As mentioned on its VintageSynth page, “the 606 has seven analog drum sounds which are simple, yet great! Kick, Snare, two toms, open hat, closed hat, cymbal, accent. The hi-hats are a very tinny electronic sound and its toms are great for soft tribal patterns. These seven sounds alone are still quite popular today, and the 606 has been used by Überzone, Cirrus, Sneaker Pimps, Download, Aphex Twin, Astral Projection, Nine Inch Nails, Mr. Oizo, Jimi Tenor, Kid 606, OMD, Moby, Freddy Fresh, Autechre, Luke Vibert, Orbital, and Union Jack.”

While being very popular among electronic musicians and producers, the Roland TR-606 has also been adopted by punk and rock artists like Big Black and Blur.

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A further indication of this drum machine’s popularity can be seen in the various modifications and clones that appeared on the market in the last two decades.

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