The revival of the Roland TR-606

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Forty years have passed since the first production run of Rolands TR-606 Drumatrix and its back, oh, and not only that but three times over. The TR-6S has been unveiled by Japanese pro audio manufacturer, the boutique TR-06 Drumatrix and the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer, exclusively to Roland Cloud. This all is fantastic news for anyone wanting to step up or renovate their music production equipment or wanting an acid companion for their TB-03 or TB-3, but what about Behringer? has it beaten Roland to the punch with its great RD-6?

Rolands TR-6S looks like the young sibling of the TR-8S or the fresh combination of the TR-808 and the TR-909. This drum machine is powerful and compact at the same time and the six-channel sports a classic 808-style sequencer. This supreme music production beatbox is more than a replica from the 606, with circuit models of 8080, 809, and 7070. The TR-6S supports base custom user samples with an FM sound engine with an extended sound palette.

Powered by four AA batteries or a USB bus, and functions like sub-steps, flam, step-loop, motion recording, and more, the classic TR step sequencer is an advanced music production tool. There are also built-in effects with you that can apply to either instrument as the TR-6S functions as a USB audio and MIDI interface. The TR-06 is an up to date replica of the original TR-606. Roland boutique range is designed with the same aesthetics as the original. The TR-06 will play authentic 606 tones while offering some new features to perfect your sound design.

Parameters for decay, tuning, and pan are onboard for each sound, each with an internal gain that can be pushed to create a “warm overdrive or aggressive distortion”. Meanwhile, things can get punchy with a built-in compressor and tempo delay to give sounds some space. Of course, modern adaptations must be made, like the five trigger outputs that are housed on the front panelñ, ideal for hooking up to modular rigs.