After years of research and building on a legacy of creating many other very popular synthesizers, groove machines, and vocal effects Roland has officially released the entire AIRA family line of production gear. Part vintage synthesizer, part next generation electronic dance music technology, This article will tap you into the knob tweaking, button pushing, hands on feel of traditional analog equipment, but with modern digital processing.
They are also on the more affordable, compared to other producer equipment we have seen previously.
Roland’s AIRA production line equipment delivers old-school simplicity with hands on playability, to a range of different instruments designed be high tech live or studio gear.
The AIRA series kicks off with four amazing instruments:
- System-1 Plug-out synthesizer keyboard,
- VT-3 Voice Transformer effects processor,
- TB-3 Touch Bassline synth,
- TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine.
AIRA meets Artists.
TR-8 The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls.
TB-3 – Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play. The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.
VT-3 – Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live has been a challenge—until now. With the VT-3 Voice Transformer, you can smoothly alter pitch and formant in real time to introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and stage performances with zero hassle.
SYSTEM-1 – Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.
Take a look below and see why ‘analog’ is one of the most sought after devices in the electronic dance music scene.