The other little silver box.
Released in 1981 as a companion to the TB-303 Bass Line, the TR-606 was a programmable drum machine whose size, price, and ease of use made at-home music production more accessible to everyone. The punchy midrange kicks, popping toms, and sizzling hi-hats were a hit with DIY musicians, appearing across genres from ’80s new wave and punk to all types of electronic styles.
What if you could…
The sound of the 606 is unique in the TR family and the backbone of numerous classic and underground tracks. But while many love its distinctive tone, it wasn’t especially versatile. The TR-06 reimagines the original with new sound-crafting potential and plush onboard effects. Control tuning, decay, and pan for each instrument, or crank up the internal gain, pushing the circuit model into warm overdrive or aggressive distortion. The onboard compressor adds warmth and punch, while the tempo delay creates depth and space from subtle repeats to controlled chaos.
Like the original, the step sequencer in the TR-06 is familiar and straightforward, so you can bang out any type of beat quickly and easily. And now it’s been updated with advanced features like adjustable sub-steps for ratcheted parts, step-loop for instant pattern slicing, and per-step probability for beats that never get boring.
Many modular and tabletop rigs are missing a good drum sequencer that’s convenient and easy to use. The TR-06 has five trigger outs and a trigger in, so it’s easy to interface with other gear, sparking new ideas and creative possibilities. Sequencing is fast and fluid, and you can mix and layer your external modules with the TR-06’s internal sounds for massive rhythmic sequences.
Built tough and ready for anything.
Like other Roland Boutiques, the TR-06 is sturdy and well-constructed with a solid metal top and a color-matched case with three tilt options. It’s a high-quality USB audio interface for quick and easy recording with your computer and can run on standard AA batteries for hours of uninhibited jamming. It even has a built-in speaker, because you never know what life might throw your way.
Hardware meets software.
Pair the TR-06 with the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer available on Roland Cloud and enjoy the benefits of easy hardware and software integration. The TR-606 plug-in has expanded sequencing capabilities, and the TR-06’s knobs are pre-mapped for intuitive, hands-on workflow.
Patterns: 128 (16 patterns x 8 banks)
INTRO / FILL IN
BD: BASS DRUM*
SD: SNARE DRUM*
LT: LOW TOM*
HT: HI TOM*
OH: OPEN HI HAT
CH: CLOSED HI HAT
* Variation sounds included
PATTERN CLEAR button
MENU/SUB STEP button
STEP LOOP button
STEP buttons (1-16)
PATTERN GROUP button and indicators
TAP/STEP RESET button
SCALE selector switch
INSTRUMENT selector knob
MODE selector knob
Instrument Level knobs (AC, BD, SD, LT/HT, CY, OH/CH)
Effect knobs (DRIVE, TIME, DEPTH)
Delay Effects: DELAY, PAN DELAY, TAPE-ECHO, REVERB, FLANGER, SIDE BAND FILTER
Drive Effects: SATURATOR, BIT CRUSHER, DISTORTION, LPF/HPF
7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
TRIGGER IN jack: mono miniature phone type
TRIGGER OUT jack x 5 (AC, BD, SD, LT, HT): mono miniature phone type
PHONES jack: stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type
MIX IN jack: stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: Micro-B type (Audio, MIDI)
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
USB bus power
500 mA (USB bus power)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 5 hours
* This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.
Boutique Dock: DK-01 (Silver)
DK-01 Owner’s Manual
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Weight (including batteries and Boutique Dock)
2 lbs 11 oz