Roland revives the 808 and different classics with its AIRA line
Roland has been teasing new entries in its black-and-inexperienced AIRA collection for a few month. Now, it is pulling the wraps off of the brand new lineup that is led by the brand new TR-eight drum machine. It is value noting that this is not the primary time the instrument maker has revisited the legendary 808, 909 and 303 models that debuted within the ’80s. Should you’ve listened to a bit of hip-hop, dance or techno, you’ve got possible heard the trademark sounds of the trio already — like the long-lasting snare of the 808. Constructing on many years of TR-808 and TR-909 use, Roland “obsessively analyzed and faithfully recreated each element and nuance of the analog circuitry” of these machines and packed all of it contained in the TR-eight Rhythm Performer. There’s “full copy” with new Analog Circuit Conduct (ACB) tech that recreates the tone and conduct from the unique pair. Should you’re considering that this seems like the brand new gadget is all-digital, you are right. Nevertheless, Roland says the tone and character of the analog models have been enhanced with new options like tune and decay controls on every instrument and an added scatter perform. The latter function is claimed to “freak and tweak” sounds with actual-time changes and correct sync. For sure, we’re anxious to attempt it out.
Just like the 808, the TR-eight homes a sixteen-step sequencer that now has full-colour LED lighting for visible standing updates. When it comes to recording, an improved model of TR-REC can also be modeled right here for creating patterns, whereas toggling between programming and efficiency modes could be accomplished simply. For retaining tabs on tempo, there’s an LED show and faucet performance for fast changes. A USB jack permits audio and MIDI connections (which the unique did not have) and the system can use MIDI clock information to sync with exterior devices — like the opposite AIRA collection models that we’ll look at after the break. If all of that sounds too good to move up, the TR-eight will retail for $499 when it arrives subsequent month.
In one other look again into its archives, Roland’s System-1 harkens again to the System one hundred, 100M and seven hundred synthesizers. ACB is on board as soon as once more so as to recreate the high quality particulars of the analog circuitry that debuted on these three machines within the ’70s. The primary promoting level right here is Plug-Out tech that lets you load plug-in variations of different Roland synths onto the System-1, making for a fairly versatile instrument. What’s extra, all of that content material addition might be achieved with out the necessity to tether to a pc. Inside, 4 oscillators deal with the tones with scatter management of 10 totally different phrase variations and a smattering of modulators. Roland is touting this as its “most compact” synth ever, regardless of the unit wielding 25 common-sized keys for enjoying duties. A worth of $599 nets you a System-1 in Q2 2014, in all of its inexperienced-lit glory.
The TB-three additionally pays homage to a basic instrument: the TB-303 bass synth. You might acknowledge the 303 as a well-liked selection for techno/home music. Right here, the TB-three Contact Bassline makes use of that ACB know-how to mannequin “every element and each facet of the unique TB-303 sound.” The sawtooth and sq. oscillator waveforms have been recreated with assault, slide and tie parts alongside for the experience. So what’s been added? Properly, there’s now a strain-delicate touchpad and 134 sounds together with 4 oscillator tones throughout 4 separate banks with that very same programming/efficiency mode-switching that we talked about on the TR-eight and extra. As you may anticipate, the $299 TB-three can also be USB- and MIDI-suitable to be used with a pc or different rhythm-making devices — beginning subsequent month.
For these trying to lend some processed vocals to their musical exploits, the VT-three will do exactly that for each studio monitoring and reside performances. With 9 totally different voice characters (together with auto-tune and synths), the Voice Transformer serves up pitch, formant, reverb and blend stability sliders for wanted changes alongside footswitch management for on-stage entry. There are commonplace XLR and 1/eight-inch mic jacks with stereo outputs and USB audio for recording to these beforehand recorded tracks. At $199, the VT-three is probably the most reasonably priced new entry into the AIRA collection and it ships in March as properly.
Pre-orders for the whole line are stay now from Roland and choose retailers.
Replace: We have added a video of the AIRA collection in motion from the parents over at DJ TechTools.