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Roland Announces A-01 MIDI Controller and Sound Generator

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments

A-01_K-25m_front Powerful module offers flexible MIDI and analog control, 8-bit sound engine with step sequencer and internal speaker
 The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 19, 2016 — Roland (Booth 300A, Level 3) has unveiled the A-01: a flexible MIDI controller and sound generator for music production on the move. Offering control over MIDI and CV/Gate-equipped analog gear, an onboard tone generator and step sequencer, the A-01 delivers in every music-making scenario, especially when paired with the optional Roland K-25m keyboard. The A0-1’s compact size, built-in speaker and battery/USB power make it the most portable unit in its class.

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The A-01 is a truly open-ended controller module, with multiple connectivity options including three types of MIDI applications. The standard MIDI IN/OUT is joined by a USB MIDI jack for use with Mac/PC-based DAW software, while wireless MIDI (via Bluetooth LE) allows production work on a Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone. The A-01’s CV/GATE OUT also supports vintage analog gear including modular synths.

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Beyond its role as a MIDI controller, the A-01 also features an internal 8-bit CPU sound generator designed by the engineer responsible for some of Roland’s most legendary vintage synths. A 16-step sequencer is also included for sparking ambitious musical ideas, either via the internal synth engine or triggering external instruments. Echoing the concept of the Roland Boutique range, the A-01 module can also be docked into the Roland K-25m keyboard unit, whose 25 velocity-sensitive keys give real-time control over internal and outboard gear, in a package that feels familiar and satisfying to musicians.

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The A-01’s intuitive operation makes it ideal for modern music production workflows. Assignable dials provide comprehensive control options over external gear and the internal sound generator, while a 192 x 40mm graphic LCD screen clearly displays key information including the shape of the output waveform. The versatile dual ribbon controllers are assignable to pitch bend, modulation, sound preview and more.

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Designed for modern musicians on the move, the A-01 places all these features into an ultra-compact metal unit measuring just 1 13/16" H x 11 13/16" W x 5 1/16" D, weighing 950 grams and powered by either rechargeable/alkaline batteries (4x AA) or USB bus power. For added flexibility, audio playback is possible either through the A-01’s built-in single 0.5W mini-speaker or via headphones.

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