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You can now pre-order Behringer’s RD-8 drum machine: just don’t call it an 808

It feels like Behringer has a million and one vintage hardware clones in the pipeline, but few are as eagerly anticipated as its emulation of Roland’s TR-808 drum machine. Now, after what seems like years of teasing, it’s available for pre-order.

One thing to note is that the final production model is known as the RD-8 - up until recently, it was being referred to as the RD-808 - but there remains little doubt which machine inspired it. We don’t know the reasons behind the name change, but we can certainly take a guess.

This is an analogue drum machine with individual outputs for each of its 16 sounds. There’s a 64-step sequencer, and MIDI/USB connectivity.

We got a chance to play with the RD-8 at Superbooth. Here it is in action:

The Behringer RD-8 is being listed at £299/€299 - we're assuming that the US price will be $299 - which undercuts Roland’s own TR-08 and TR-09 by a significant margin. Some retailers are suggesting that stock will be with them within four to five weeks, while others estimate the shipping date as November. 

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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