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 1.5.0 Alpha 1 for Windows - Installer

Main new features of this version:

  • The installer automatically installs the edition of R-8 Manager matching the operating system: the 32-bit edition on 32-bit Windows, the 64-bit edition on 64-bit Windows. (Previously there was only a 32-bit edition, which was installed on 32- and 64-bit Windows alike.)
  • The R-8 Manager update mechanism allows you to specify in which update types you are interested: alpha (development) versions, (‘public’) beta versions, release candidates and release versions.

Note that the included manual is still a stub. The release version 1.5.0 will include a "real" manual.

File: 
r8man-1.5.0a1-install.exe — Downloaded 32 times

R-8 Manager 1.5.0 Alpha 1 for Windows - Portable 32-bit

This is the 32-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.5.0 Alpha 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-1.5.0a1-x86-portable.zip — Downloaded 4 times

R-8 Manager 1.5.0 Alpha 1 for Windows - Portable 64-bit

This is the 64-bit portable edition of R-8 Manager 1.5.0 Alpha 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-1.5.0a1-x64-portable.zip — Downloaded 4 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