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Roland T-8 AIRA Compact Beat Machine

A Beat Making Pocket-Rocket



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SKU: T-8

Product Description

The Roland T-8 Beat Machine combines the now legendary TB bass and TR drum sounds and squeezes them into an ultra-portable rhythmic instrument. Explore the onboard sonic arsenal and create dynamic tracks via a hands-on 16-step sequencer - then shape your sounds further using a range of exciting integrated controls. 

Key Features 

  • Rhythm and bass machine with a highly portable design
  • TR-REC drum sequencer (featuring 64 user patterns with up to 32 steps each)
  • Six rhythm tracks in total, equipped with sounds from the TR-606, TR-909 and TR-808 drum machines 
  • Utilise the characteristics and sounds from classic Roland instruments thanks to smart Analog Circuit Behaviour tech
  • Tactile controls sourced from the TB-303 Bass Line 
  • Bass track with square and sawtooth waveforms 
  • Built from quality components (with a durable casing and long-lasting rubber pads)
  • Up to 4.5 hours of use per charge via the lithium-ion battery 
  • Class-compliant USB-C audio/MIDI interface - with no driver installation required
  • MIDI, audio and sync I/O, with added AIRA Link
  • Harness effects like overdrive, reverb, delay and sidechain compression 
  • Real-time recording 
  • Use mute, step loop, fill, reload and pattern shift to enhance your live performances
  • Add rhythmic variation by using sub step, last step, probability and velocity parameters

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Produce on-the-go

Make music absolutely anywhere thanks to the lithium-ion battery (providing around 4.5 hours of use per charge) and a seriously durable construction. The rugged casing and quality rubber pads will withstand even the most rigorous use while on the road. 

Flexible Connectivity 

No matter how you like to work, a variety of I/O ensures that you're ready for any scenario. Using MIDI or USB-C, hook up the T-8 to external hardware instruments, apps, or DAW's and create beats your way. The T-8 is made to work seamlessly with its brethren in the AIRA family too; simply connect it to the E-4 Voice Tweaker or J-6 Chord Synthesizer and get experimenting!

Classic Character 

With the inclusion of the very same Analog Circuit Behaviour that's present in Roland's TB-3, TR-8S and other premium gear, experience the world-renowned Roland character at a fraction of the price. 

Craft bone-rattling beats using the same great sounds from the TR-909, TR-808 and TR-606 drum machines, and compliment them with the booming bass tones of the TB-303 Bass Line. When put together, you've got yourself the perfect rhythmic partnership. 

Magnificent Seven

One bass track and six drum tracks - alongside a user-friendly interface - let you capture and edit your creations on-the-fly. With the beloved TR-REC drum sequencer and its 64 patterns (offering up to 32 steps each) to get your teeth into, there's some serious production potential at your fingertips here. 

Beat Variety 

Add more intrigue to your beat making with the T-8's range of integrated effects. Apply sonic swirl with reverb or delay; coat your bass and drums in auditory grit using plenty of overdrive; or keep things under control with sidechain compression. The choice is yours. 

If that's not enough, pattern shift, step loop and probability features provide you with even more complex beat-related possibilities.


  • User Patterns: 64

Step Sequencer

  • Rhythm instrument parts x 6
  • Bass part x 1
  • 32 steps

INST tone

  • TOM
  • BASS




  • 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)


  • SYNC (IN, OUT) jacks: Mini phone type
  • MIX (IN, OUT) / PHONES jacks: Stereo mini phone type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: Stereo mini phone type
  • USB port: USB Type-C® (Audio, MIDI)

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Obtained via USB port (USB bus power)

Current Draw

  • 500 mA

Expected battery life under continuous use

  • Approx. 4.5 hours
  • (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)

Expected battery charging time

  • Approx. 3 hours
  • (To charge the unit, use the USB port of a computer or a commercially available USB power supply adaptor (5 V, 500 mA or higher).)


  • 188 (W) x 106 (D) x 36.2 (H) mm
  • 7-7/16 (W) x 4-3/16 (D) x 1-7/16 (H) inches

Weight (including batteries)

  • 310 g
  • 11 oz


  • Leaflet ”Read Me First”
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable

Written by Will Brook-Jones


Customer Reviews


13 reviews





Trusted Customer3rd Feb 2024

Easy to get a groove going, even for a beginner.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Danny Keene5th Dec 2023

Mr Paul Humphreys15th Aug 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

David20th May 2023

Another great piece of kit, does everything i need it to do and is so simple to use.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr John Baines27th Apr 2023

Great sounding piece of kit. Lot's of support on YouTube if you're stuck with anything. Nice item to spend lots of time on, being creative.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer30th Mar 2023

Lots of fun in a single box

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer9th Feb 2023

Love it! I own a real TB-303 and all of Behringer’s x0x drum machine clones, but it’s great to have a very capable acid machine in such a tiny format. The 303 side doesn’t get quite as squelchy as a real 303 or Behringer clone, but it does do the low end ‘wooah’ stuff really well (when you take the Cutoff and Env Mod down). Worth it just for the snare drum alone! (Gorgeous when you extend the decay).

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer28th Nov 2022

As you do, have a cupboard full of wires & a soldering iron. Little did I know the frustration that would be involved in reading a book that didn't come with the unit (some of us like ye olde paper) along with excessive ordering of patch cables. Granted, my experience thus far has been interrupted every 5 seconds by a nutty kitten, but the book out of the box could have been less "print it yourself" lazy. Difficult to work out required leads at order stage, so be prepared to get surrounded by leads you will never use, trying to find the stuff you put on the back shelf. That said, musical experience when you forget about all that & plug into a speaker, is total pleasure, minus the cowbell. I have to go now, I am all tangled up with wires.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4

Mr Simon Round6th Oct 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer6th Jun 2022

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

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