MixMag voted our RD-8 best music machine of 2019

 


THE 10 BEST MUSIC MACHINES RELEASED IN 2019THE 10 BEST MUSIC MACHINES RELEASED IN 2019


BEHRINGER RD-8



"The Behringer RD-8 was the most exciting product of 2019 for one simple reason: it finally gave 808 fans what they truly wanted. The original hit the market in 1980 and radically altered the future of the music industry. Nearly 40 years on, its mark is everywhere, from multi-million streaming pop, grime and trap to house, techno, electro and beyond. 




Roland had already furnished us with its own remake, the TR-08, but in a decade when the analogue revival proved one of the biggest music tech trends of the decade, this digital version was a misfire, sounding great but squashed into a compact device with some features that seem designed to annoy fans of the original. Perhaps they failed to realise just how ‘classic’ a classic the 808 is. And when a device hits the 808’s level of acclaim, the public doesn’t suffer total rewrites gladly.



Behringer’s RD-8 turned up a little late to the 808 revival party, following several delays, but looks and sounds amazingly close to the original, with a modern-day facelift and an affordable price tag. Sure, there’s been plenty of 808-inspired kits, but none goes so readily for the original’s throat. It’s a big, solid machine with individual line outs, which the TR-08 didn’t, and a transient design which allows you to shape drum sounds. A compressor was usually the first port of call for producers using the original 808, especially for shaping its legendary kick, so this is a welcome addition. It also features a stereo analog filter, three trigger outs, sync via midi/USB/clock, a polyrhythmic 64-step sequencer with step repeats, note repeats, real-time triggering, track muting, and track soloing and pattern mode for chaining patterns into songs. Back to the future."


Source: https://mixmag.net/feature/the-10-best-music-machines-released-in-2019 (THE 10 BEST MUSIC MACHINES RELEASED IN 2019, The year's most exciting music machines) * GAVIN HERLIHY 31 DECEMBER 2019