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Roland AIRA Series:

Designed for Today's Electronic Musician

Roland's AIRA series brings your drums, synths, and vocal processing off the computer screen and back into your hands, offering a tactile experience that cannot be recreated "in the box." AIRA instruments capture the magic of vintage drum machines and synths while offering the performance, flexibility, and sound quality that today's electronic musicians demand. Computers dominate the production and composition world today because of their superior performance, reliability, and sound design capabilities. However, interacting with a computer can also be less-than-inspirational.

The goal of AIRA is to pair modern computing technology with the sonic character and analog circuit response of traditional analog hardware. Thanks to Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior technology, these instruments deliver the sound and performance of the famed original units -- and they're capable of more modern sounds, too, giving you a wide range of sonic options. AIRA allows you to be more creative than ever before, by getting your face out of the computer screen to connect with the instrument in your hands. This enhanced tactile control doesn't compromise the workflow benefits of computer sequencing -- you have the best of both worlds in your hands!

Step out of the box, but don't step out of the way -- AIRA is the new platform for modern electronic music creation.

Roland TR-8 AIRA Rhythm Performer Drum Machine

The Roland TR-8 AIRA Rhythm Performer is a powerful drum sequencer that brings Roland's famed TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines up to today's performance standards. From the bass drum to the hi-hat, the TR-8 recreates the analog signal paths of the original 808 and 909. No samples here; the drums are synthesized in real time, giving you the most realistic recreations to date. Want to take your drums to the next level? Grab the Scatter knob. With 10 effect types, Scatter combines pitch, rhythm slicing, and modulation effects, to transform your straightforward drum beat into a chaotic symphony of sound. If you miss the feel and sound of a drum machine, but still want seamless DAW integration, meet the TR-8.

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Roland System-1 AIRA Variable Synthesizer Keyboard

Standard MIDI keyboards can certainly do the job, but because they must accommodate a wide variety of software commands, they're seldom suited for any given synthesizer. Roland solves this by creating a proprietary hardware and software suite that brings the expansive analog sound of the past into a modern digital system. Powerful yet affordable, the System-1 synth delivers authentic analog sounds in an expandable all-digital unit. It features a two-octave keyboard with full-sized keys and 73 buttons, knobs, and sliders to control everything from LFOs and filters to effects and arpeggios. It's switchable between its own internal sound engine and a connected or hosted soft synth -- Roland's SH-101 is already available, and more programs are on the way!

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Roland TB-3 AIRA Touch Bassline Synthesizer

Roland's TB-3 is the modern version of the TB-303 Bass Line synthesizer. The TB-303 changed the world of dance music forever with its aggressive arpeggiated sounds and unique filter controls. The new TB-3 features a multifunctional illuminated touchpad that gives you complete control over the one-octave keyboard, filter envelopes and other synthesis parameters, along with pattern selection and sequencing. Knobs at the top of the unit provide essential controls like cutoff, resonance, and effect level. The touchpad is pressure-sensitive, so nuances like finger pressure translate into the music as if you were playing a traditional keyboard. Achieve massive sidechain compression by linking the TR-8 to the TB-3 via the External Input jack. The instruments link together seamlessly via MIDI, allowing you to build an electronic music rig as expansive as your imagination.

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Roland VT-3 AIRA Voice Transformer

The Roland VT-3 AIRA Voice Transformer is a throwback to Roland's vintage vocoder, the VP-303. Modeled after this analog vocal effects processor, the VT-3 can immediately transform your voice with everything from reverb, pitch bends, and lo-fi filters to bass and lead synth-like effects. Hard "auto-tune" and glitchy effects are just the turn of a knob away. There's even a dedicated Robot button so you can talk like a robot into a connected microphone with just the push of a button. Real-time sliders let you "play" the VT-3 like an instrument, controlling your wet/dry mix, pitch shift, formant shift and reverb mix.

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