Roland taps iconic 808 sounds for rhythm-based gaming

It's like 'Guitar Hero,' but for a drum machine.
Billy Steele
B. Steele|12.17.15

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Billy Steele
December 17th, 2015
Roland taps iconic 808 sounds for rhythm-based gaming

Roland revived the iconic sounds of the TR-808 with last year's AIRA TR-8, and now its leveraging those tones for mobile gaming. With TR-REC, the audio company uses sounds from both the TR-808 and TR-8, as players recreate rhythms played by the app. As the game moves on, tones are layered on top of the original rhythm to create a piece of dance music. In order to progress to the next stage, you must correctly tap out the sequence before time runs out. If that sounds too intimidating, don't worry: the game starts with the basics. You can think of it like Guitar Hero, but for a drum machine.

The app packs in 16 musical selections across 48 stages, and players can earn bonus points for correctly recreating the tunes. As you might expect, those compositions get more complex as the game progresses. If you're unable to tap out the rhythm before time runs out, you lose a life. Recreate it properly, though, and earn a higher score based on how quickly you're able to do so. Looking to give it a shot? The free TR-REC app is available now for both Android and iOS.

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