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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May-18 > ROLAND Boutique Modules TR-08, SH-01A & D-05

ROLAND Boutique Modules TR-08, SH-01A & D-05

In its third wave of retro remodels, Roland brings us three more classics in Boutique form. Dave Gale takes a look at these pint-sized clones…

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In a return to its usual form, at least over recent years, Roland brings us three more reformed machines from its back catalogue. The TR-08 and SH-01A offer a very desirable 808/101 combo, while the D-05 offers an eyebrow-raising clone of the D-50.


We’re getting pretty used to this form, but just to recap, all three of these Boutiques are digital in design, with the TR-08 and SH-01A further exploiting Roland’s proprietary Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology, which we have seen elsewhere. The D-05 offers us a first glimpse of Roland’s new Digital Circuit Behaviour (DCB) technology, which should not be confused with the same acronym from previous Roland products – I’m referring specifically to the Digital Control Bus, which was a precursor to MIDI in the early 1980s.

The underside of each unit hosts a battery compartment and small speaker, while the rear offers a stereo output in mini-jack form, as well as a Mix In, should you wish to connect other Boutiques to the signal chain. The USB connection of all three devices will handle MIDI and audio data, while the only other elements to the rear are the On/Off switch and the ubiquitous volume control. I’ve always found the volume pot placement on the Boutiques a little fiddly, but at least it’s uniform across the range.

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