Both machines are based on the TR-606, with a new plug-in version also available
Roland has announced the addition of two new drum machines to its range, the TR-06 Drumatrix and TR-6S, with both machines drawing heavily on Roland's legendary TR-606 for inspiration.
The TR-06 Drumatrix is effectively Roland's own clone of the original TR-606, launched in the wake of the success of Behringer's RD-6. It's packed with the original sound set but now offers greater sound-shaping abilities thanks to the addition of tuning, delay and pan controls, as well as a built-in compressor and tempo delay. Similarly, the sequencer section now offers sub-step and step-loop functions, and there are a trigger input and five trigger outputs for hooking it up to modular gear, as well as a built-in speaker.
The TR-6S, meanwhile, is a compact six-channel drum machine that packs sounds from the TR-606, TR-707 and TR-808, with its sequencer based on that found on the TR-808 but again featuring a more 21st Century feature set. The machine can also be loaded with custom samples by the user, and doubles as a USB audio and MIDI interface.
And if you're not much of a hardware kinda person, don't worry… Roland still has you covered, with the addition of a TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer plug-in to its Roland Cloud subscription service.
Both the two hardware machines are available now, with each priced at $400 (£350 approx), while a Roland Cloud Ultimate subscription – which you'll need to access the plug-in – costs $20/month or $200/year.
For full details, see Roland's own website.