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 1.6.1 for Windows - Installer

Main new features of this version:

  • The update check mechanism works again on Windows 7, Windows 8 and older (i.e. pre-TLS 1.3) Windows 10.
  • The application has become more user-friendly concerning data errors in ".stp" and ".mru" configuration files: On startup, when the application encounters a data error in a configuration file, the application now mentions the exact name of the offending file, and no longer refuses to start. Hence it is no longer necessary to delete corrupt configuration files manually. On exit, the application reports any errors while saving configuration files.

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

File: 
r8man-1.6.1-install.exe — Downloaded 147 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.1 for Windows - Portable 32-bit

This is the 32-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.6.1 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-1.6.1-x86-portable.zip — Downloaded 45 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.1 for Windows - Portable 64-bit

This is the 64-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.6.1 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-1.6.1-x64-portable.zip — Downloaded 80 times

R-8 Manager 1.6.1 Manual

This is the manual for all editions of R-8 Manager 1.6.1.

Note: All the above editions of R-8 Manager 1.6.1 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-1.6.1.pdf — Downloaded 98 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