Definitely the big news from Roland this month was the announcement of the all new TR-8S that allows for custom sample playback and adds more intuitive (and welcomed) live and production workflows. Whlie the TR-8S Rhythm Performer isn't officially in the shops yet (and we haven't quite got hands-on with a unit either), it looks like there might be a timing issue related to when five or mode faders are moved simultaneously.
We haven't been able to test this out as we don't have a unit to hand, but when we watched sunshine_jones' Instagram video via MatrixSynth it clearly appears to be affecting his TR-8S.
I'd like to add that we expect Roland will be able to address this bug in a firmware update. So, there's no need to be too concerned yet.
UPDATE: Multiple users of TR-8S running 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 are reporting the same issue. In a nutshel, moving four faders is fine, five makes strange things happen to the timing... and six faders causes craziness.
The user above is running TR-8S firmware 1.02. As well as the moving five faders for audio stumbles issue, he also experienced auxiliary output trigger inconsistencies too. Go to the 2nd and 3rd videos above to see this in action.
At this stage it's quite possible a firmware update could fix these obscure issues. The important thing is to let Roland know it exists. And if you have a Roland TR-8S to hand, do test out whether you experience timing issues and drop us a comment here.
AUXILIARY TRIGGER WEIRDNESS
There's a second issue being reported about which the same user talks about and shows in the 2nd and 3rd videos above: "In the second clip of this set I demonstrate that the dedicated trigger out works perfectly. No problems.
In the last clip I have assigned outputs 1-4 to be triggers, and then assigned tracks 2-5 to operate as triggers (output set to aux 1-4)
"Theoretically then, whatever is programmed on track 2 should come out as a pattern of triggers from output 1.
As you can see this is inconsistent and unreliable. Again, I don't know if this is firmware or hardware, but I have my toes crossed that this is something that a firmware update will set straight.
"The trigger out works great, but there's something still not quite right about the triggers which come out of the assignable outputs. Could be the length of the trigger. Or possibly the voltage. I haven't measured the output so I don't know.
"I've communicated with Roland about this, and while I doubt they'll take me up on my offer to help, I am positive their engineers are capable and will solve these hassles fast. I'm posting this to be a part of of the general dialog about pluses and minuses and issues as well as excitement around the TR-8S. It's a really lovely machine and I've got faith that these details will soon be sorted."