Sonic Sense takes a look at an early prototype of the Roland Aira System 1 Plug-Out Synthesizer.
- Four oscillators
- Oscillator colors create continuous waveform changes from simple to complex
- All parameters can be controlled with physical knobs and sliders with LED indicators
- Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter function
- Scatter jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth
- -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters
- Tone knob for easy tonal balancing
- Crusher knob for modern edge
- Integrated delay and reverb effects
- Tempo syncing for LFO and delay
- Innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal-sized keys
The Roland AIRA System-1 is priced at US $599
DemoBackground video description:
I`ve had a chance to try out these new toys. Not for too long though… Anyway I out together a tech-like, rap-like, chill something with no use of external FX, compression or EQ. Some standard limiting added. I had lots of fun with the gear
All sounds from the 1978 Roland Jupiter-4 analog synthesizer. One of the best sounding analog poly synths ever built.
The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!
Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4′s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds.
As an addition to the TR8 review I managed to get hold of an original TR808.
I must say that after using the TR8 – its not at all intuitive to use – hence the rather simple demo.
System-1 synth will get its premiere (worldwide) at Dancefair on the 15th of february 2014. Yesterday we got a exclusive sneak peek from Roland CE.
Roland has officially announced its new series of AIRA products:
- The AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a $499 drum machine;
- The AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline – a $299 bassline synth;
- The AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer – a $199 vocal effects processor and vocoder; and
- The AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer – a $599 virtual analog synthesizer that can transform into a variety of classic synth, and act as a hardware controller for a new line of software synthesizers.
The AIRA series is based on Roland’s newly-developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) which the company says faithfully captures the sound of some of Roland’s most revered classics. In developing the AIRA line, Roland modeled classic circuits, using original design specs, consultation with original product engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit, using pristinely-archived Roland drum machines and synthesizers.
The TR-8 Rhythm Performer is a ‘performance rhythm machine’. It offers the sounds of Roland’s classic TR-808 and TR-909, 4 audio outputs and greater tweakability than the originals.
The TB-3 Touch Bassline is based on the classic Roland TB-303.
The new TB-3 Touch Bassline uses Roland’s ACB modeling to recreate the classic bassline sound and offers controls that will be familiar to users of the original. But the TB-3 also offers a large touch control surface that streamlines sequence programming and introduces new performance options.
The VT-3 Voice Transformer is designed for creating heavily processed vocal sounds, with pitch and formant shifting, vocoder effects and more
The System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer is a new keyboard that can transform into a variety of types of synths.
It’s very hands-on and knobby, but the key feature is the synth’s Plug-Out technology, which lets the System-1 control – and even host – software recreations of classic Roland synths, with no computer connected.
Pricing and Availability:
- The TR-8 Rhythm Transformer will retail for a street price of $499;
- the TB-3 Touch Bassline has a street price of $299;
- the VT-3 street price will be $199; and
- he System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer will retail for $599.
Roland AIRA products will be shipping by the end of second quarter 2014
Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the classic Juno-60
all synthesizer sounds: Roland Juno-60 Analog Synthesizer (1982)
drums: Roland TR-808 (1981)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay
The Roland Juno-60 is a popular 61-key polyphonic synthesizer introduced by Roland Corporation in 1982 as a successor to the Juno-6, which had been on the market for less than a year. Like its predecessor, the Juno-60 is essentially an analog synthesizer with digitally controlled oscillators.
Roland was losing market share with the Juno-6 in competition against the Korg Polysix. Related in features and price-class, the Polysix featured programmable patch memory, which the Juno-6 lacked. Programmability and external control (via Roland’s proprietary Digital Communications Bus (DCB)) were added to the Juno-6, which was then re-introduced as the Juno-60 (which sonically and architecturally did not change notably from its predecessor).
In 1984 the Juno-60 was replaced by the Juno-106, a similar instrument with further incremental changes.
Star Trek here we go
Roland has released another set of Aira teasers, showing that they’ve got four new devices on the way. With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is the new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sound and modern performance features to a new generation.
Roland also released a video that covers one of the technologies used in the Aira line - Analog Circuit Behavior, which appears to be a type of circuit modeling technology. Roland’s newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some our most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products.
It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in Roland’s own pristine units.
“With this project, we really focused on analog instruments. However, this does not mean we only wanted to reproduce the analog gear, rather that we wanted to create a new technology to produce new electronic instruments,” says Watanabe. “We wanted to create the next step in electronic music, and I believe that with ACB technology we just might have succeeded.”
Time for a new vintage machine demo, additional details below:
You can buy these patches – read the description for further details.
Synthesizer demo of the analog synthesizer Roland JX-3P from 1983.
In this movie I play some of my own sounds – on some sounds I used a small amount of digital delay from a Roland DEP-5 (my favourite unit for delays). In the intro I used the sequencer of the JX-3P.
The JX-3P has a flexible sound architecture with 2 DCOs, oscillator synch, ring modulation and more LFO waveforms. Just one ADSR, like the Juno series. It also has chorus (just one setting).The JX-3P has not many sliders and knobs… you get them if you buy the programmer PG-200 from Roland.
THE SOUND PROGRAMS IN THIS MOVIE:
Do you own a Roland JX-3P or a MKS-30 and want to get these fantastic sounds for your synth?
The brandnew “ANALOGAUDIO1 JX-3P PATCH BANK” costs 12,99 Euros and includes 64 great patches (two banks with 32 patches) fat analog pads, great retro sounds, fantastic basses, sequencer sounds and funky leads (in one word: all you hear in the video and some more).
As an experienced synth player and composer I created these patches for professional use. This patchbank gets the most out of your Roland JX-3P. Also included is a patch list (PDF), to find the right sounds quickly. The sounds are not available anywhere else.
The patchbank will only work with the JX-3P and with the MKS-30 Planet S (which is the rack format of the JX-3P).
After payment through PayPal you will get the patchbank as a sound file (wav) for the built in tape interface of your JX-3P and a patchlist (list with names of the patches) via email.
If you want to buy the “ANALOGAUDIO1 JX-3P PATCHBANK”, send a message to email@example.com (and check your spam folder, I answer quickly).
I also offer ANALOGAUDIO1 patchbanks for the following synths:
KORG POLY-800 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6bG8P…
KORG POLY-800 II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPrp8a…
KORG POLY-61 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R0bva…
KORG DW-6000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOoF7T…
KORG DW-8000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bh_xr…
KORG POLYSIX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc0uMD…
ROLAND JUNO-60 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTLk6…
ROLAND JUNO-106 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdsuc…