Behringer RD-8 (formerly RD-808) enhanced clone of iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine finally available
1st UPDATE: 8/9/2019 – See new post Latest Behringer RD-8 Drum Machine Shipping News.
2nd UPDATE: 8/9/2019 – Behringer now says European retailer Thomann is air-freighting in first batch of RD-8s and should be on their site soon.
3rd UPDATE: 8/16/2019 – Widely available for preorder including at my fav – Sweetwater. Thomann site says “In stock within 6-7 weeks”.
4th UPDATE: 10/19/2019 – Still no US inventory. Firmware update v1.2.6 was released a couple weeks ago in case you didn’t know.
Wow, this product rollout has been brutal. I don’t care what anyone says, it is not a positive. Behringer has a real abusive marketing strategy. Advance notice is not worth all the carrot dangling and product teasing. If this is how you like your relationships, seek therapy is my advice. Over now apparently, people are receiving their ordered RD-8s from Europe, see videos below. We’ll see how firmware updates go. I’m still gonna hold out a few weeks or months.
I have left out some product comparison videos from the RD-8 video list below. Not all videos I have seen are being straight up with you, making no attempt to adjust the drum machines to similar states. This is a fact. The likelihood is that the RD-8 is a great sounding drum machine, it doesn’t need dishonest comparisons, but this is what we get sometimes. This puts Behringer in a bad light in my opinion, not a better one. The ones I have added are reasonably honest comparisons.
I think it is important to note, if you are looking for a drum machine to finger drum live, this is not your drum machine. With one pad, it can be done but awkwardly with a lot of button pushing. On the other hand, you could add a MIDI controller to improve that function.
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