Roland provides modular choices to its AIRA synths
Simply over a yr in the past, Roland unveiled its successor to the long-lasting 808 and 909 devices which have a agency grasp on the fashionable music panorama. That drum machine, the TR-eight, was a part of a brand new AIRA line with the System-1 synthesizer, TB-three bass synth and VT-three vocal processor. At this yr’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, the corporate revealed the AIRA Modular: a standalone instrument that may be paired with a handful of exterior results or different audio gear. What’s extra, it is designed to be rackmounted or used at your desk, both with all 4 of the aforementioned add-ons or one or two on the time. Whereas final yr’s System-1 supply a extra conventional keyboard-pushed strategy, the AIRA Modular’s centerpiece is the System-1m. The unit options Management Voltage (CV) and Gate management wanted to supply a variety of sounds and plug-out capability permits the System-1m for use with different classics, just like the SH-one hundred and one and PROMARS. On board, the modular synth packs in tone, crusher, reverb and delay results alongside MIDI and LED-lit controls and inputs.
So far as these further results are involved, there are distortion (Torcido), delay (Demora), scatter (Scooper) and crusher (Bitrazer) choices to broaden the sonic talents of the primary System-1m rig. Like that instrument, these can both be positioned in a rack setup or used tabletop, and their giant controls deal with “sixteen million steps of decision.” In different phrases, 24-bit audio. These exterior results are additionally programmable by way of pc, smartphone or pill, with audio enter/output and CV/Gate inputs for patching on the entrance panel till you hit the sound you are after. They’re additionally able to getting used individually, with out the necessity for the complete rig to make use of them.
Sadly, there is no phrase on pricing or availability simply but. Nevertheless, Roland did announce that it is engaged on one other modular unit: the absolutely analog System-500. That’ll be one other revival of types because it’s based mostly on the System-seven hundred and System-500. “The SYSTEM-500 delivers basic Roland sound with all the benefits and reliability of a contemporary instrument,” press launch explains. Particulars are scarce for now, however we’re positive to listen to extra within the months to return.