Roland Unveils AIRA Product Line
Roland has unveiled the first four products of its new AIRA series, aimed to meet the evolving needs of musicians both in the studio or onstage. The core of the AIRA series—made up of the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer—is the new Analog Circuit Behavior, which aims to faithfully capture the sound and feel of Roland’s classic equipment.
ACB utilizes original design specs and part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in reference to the brand’s archived drum machines and synthesis in addition to consultation with original engineers.
The TR-8 Rhythm Performer is a performance rhythm machine that fuses the classic TR-809 and TR-909 drum machines with modern functions and features. The TR-8 maintains the authentic tone of the original units with new sound-tweaking and performance functions.
The TB-3 Touch Bassline takes the influential TB-303 bass synthesizer to the modern era with intuitive, performance-ready controls and pressure-senstitive touch pad.
The VT-3 Voice Transformer allows users to smoothly alter Pitch and Formant of vocals, as well as add Vocodr, Synth, lo-fi, and other features. The VT-3 is primed for both studio and live performances with effects being easily introduced and tweaked.
The SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer rounds out the AIRA line and is packed with four decades of Roland synthesizers. Featuring an innovative design with performance-ready controls and an array of knobs, sliders, and lights, the synthesizer is also equipped with PLUG-OUT technology, allowing control of software recreations of classic Roland products.
AIRA products are set for release by the end of the second quarter this year. For more information, go to RolandUS.com/AIRA