R-8

R-8

The Roland R-8 was an advanced drum computer. It appeared in 1988 and was marketed as a 'human rhythm composer'.

R-8 Manager is a powerful editor for the R-8.

Features:

  • Only supports the original R-8, not the later R-8M or R-8 MK II. (For starters, the R-8M and R-8 MK II use different Model IDs in their System Exclusive formats, so they would simply ignore any System Exclusive messages sent by R-8 Manager.)
  • Full control over the R-8's setup, patterns and songs.
  • Supports all eleven Roland SN-R8-nn ROM cards.

R-8 Manager 1.6.0 for Windows - Installer

New features of this version:

  • The manual is no longer a stub but fully featured.
  • The installer allows you to deselect non-essential files: the manual, the skin definitions and the standard dumps.
  • The application runs slightly faster due to the disabling of some debugging safeguards.
  • Skins: 39 alternative user interfaces, mainly color schemes.
  • Full support for Windows 10's "Per Monitor v2" DPI awareness protocol: at high DPI settings all text characters look razor-sharp instead of blurry, and the resolution of each window automatically adapts to the monitor on which it is (mainly) being shown.
  • Some layout and scaling problems have been fixed.
  • Some changes and additions to the operations in the R-8 window and the Instruments window.

See section 2 of the manual for the full list of changes.

File: 
r8man-1.6.0-install.exe — Downloaded 16 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.0 for Windows - Portable 32-bit

This is the 32-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.6.0 for Windows.
You don't need to install this edition: simply unzip it to a folder to which you have write-access and run R8Man.exe.
This edition runs on 32- and 64-bit Windows, although for 64-bit Windows the 64-bit portable edition is recommended.

File: 
r8man-1.6.0-x86-portable.zip — Downloaded 6 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.0 for Windows - Portable 64-bit

This is the 64-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.6.0 for Windows.
You don't need to install this edition: simply unzip it to a folder to which you have write-access and run R8Man.exe.
This edition only runs on 64-bit Windows.

File: 
r8man-1.6.0-x64-portable.zip — Downloaded 7 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.0 Manual

This is the manual for all editions of R-8 Manager 1.6.0.

Note: All the above editions of R-8 Manager 1.6.0 contain this manual too and will install or extract it automatically, so you don't need to download it separately here. So if you're updating from a previous version, just download the corresponding package above and install or extract it, and you'll be able to read the manual anyway.

File: 
r-8-manager-manual-1.6.0.pdf — Downloaded 12 times
Screenshots: 
R-8 pattern settings
R-8 pattern grid
R-8 pattern note table
R-8 song parts
R-8 instrument table
R-8 instrument settings
R-8 pads