The Beatbox 8 is a simplified software simulation of the Roland™ TR-808 Rhythm Composer, a programmable drum machine. It provides sixteen drum sounds that combine synthesized and sampled waveforms arranged in eleven simultaneously playable instrument channels. You can edit the sounds of seven of the instrument channels and set the volume of each of the eleven in the master output mix or in their individual outputs for separate processing and mixing. You can program the Beatbox 8 through note tracks or internal patterns. Each of its four pattern banks can store up to seven patterns. Each pattern can store up to 64 steps for each of the eleven instrument channels. You can define the step duration to equal a 16th, 32nd, 8th triplet or 16th triplet note. Hits can be accented globally. Patterns are always programmed in step mode one instrument channel at a time. You can play the Beatbox 8 through pattern and note tracks, even simultaneously. The Beatbox 8 excels at producing classic electronic drum loops and rhythmic, melodic sound effects when you subsequently process its sound.

Beatbox 8
Figure 7.3: The Beatbox 8.

The interface of the Beatbox 8 is divided in three sections: the instrument section, the pattern section and the step sequencer section. Note: The “Power” switch on the top left corner turns the device on and off. When off, the device doesn’t output any sound and all indicators turn off. You can automate it in record mode, with the “Tracks” top bar menu, the device context menu and the “Add Track” time-line tools menu.


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