We recently received some very special packages from Roland... but what could they be? In fact, it felt like Christmas had come early (and not just because of the way they were wrapped(!)), because we had been sent Roland AIRA TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 modules to place on demo in our pro-music superstore.
Each unit is now up and running and available to try in store (CLICK HERE to find us), so feel free to pop in!
It's finally here! Roland have re-introduced their iconic TB-303 bass module and what's more, some of us at Absolute Music got to hear and play with it before the official announcement! Unfortunately for you guys, we've been bound by a strict contract that has forbidden us from sharing our knowledge with our customers and many of our colleagues... until now! As Roland have now released full details to the world, we're also free to share our thoughts with you (something that we've been bursting to do for a long time)!
In this article, we'll describe exactly what the Touch Bassline TB-3 is, what features it offers and exactly what we thought of it. Excited? You should be!
*** UPDATE: I ended up buying one in the end! Read the updated end of my review to find out what I now think of the TB-3 as an owner of one! ***
After all those teases, we finally know what the Airas are! In fact, we have a confession to make... some of us have known for a while and have even got to hear and play them! Unfortunately for the rest of us, those people were bound by a strict contract that meant that they had to keep schtum until the official announcement... but that's now here!
So, the Aira line-up consists of the TR-8, which brings together the sounds of the TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines in one easy-to-use unit; the TB-3, which gives you the classic sound of the Roland TB-303 bass synth; the VT-3, which is a compact vocal transformer for adding electronic effects to your voice in realtime and finally; the System-1, which can be loaded with your choice of soft-synth sounds in order to model a selection of classic Roland instruments (including the SH-101), as well as featuring its own, unique synth engine.