Roland AIRA Bundle - TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3
Roland AIRA bundle
- AIRA bundle - bassline synth, drum machine and vocal effects
Package consists of:
• 1 x Roland Aira TB-3 Touch Bassline Synth
• 1 x Roland Aira TR-8 Rhythm Performer
• 1 x Roland Aira VT-3 Voice Transformer
Roland Aira TR-8 Rhythm Performer
The Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer blends the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers with new features and performance functionality.
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980's, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, but they have helped define the sound of entire musical genres.
From Rap and House to Techno and Trance – these two drum machines have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music.
With the TR-8, Roland have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines. The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It's all here.
Not content with mere recreations however, they have enhanced these classic instruments with capabilities far beyond the original units. Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument and the Bass and Snare drum modules have dedicated 'Attack' and 'Comp' knobs allowing for a great variety of tones – from subtle ambient percussion to pounding dance grooves. Per-step effects and the massively addictive 'Scatter' function take things into entirely new territory.
With the authentic tone and character of the original units and with new sound tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, the TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.
Make no mistake - the TR-8 is an instrument, carefully designed from the ground-up, to be played. Every control has a solid, predictable feel with each drum instrument having robust, 'playable' faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB-lit buttons give real-time performance feedback and a striking appearance on stage.
Pattern creation is creative and intuitive using an evolved version of the TR-REC method which originated in the TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programing. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behaviour has been faithfully modelled in the TR-8. But the TR-8 goes well beyond the original, allowing you to seamlessly switch between programming and performance modes and to introduce lots of groovy rhythmic variations – from subtle snare fills to total glitch meltdowns.
What is Scatter?
Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed real-time control over variations in your patterns and any incoming external input signal. Scatter can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter and perform all manner of rhythmic variations - from subtle to extreme - and all in perfect sync.
Pick from 10 different types of Scatter and smoothly adjust the intensity or 'Scatter Depth' with the large comfortable dial. Seamlessly switch between Scatter patterns and quickly turn Scatter on and off for cool variations when and where you want them.
Scatter lets you freak and tweak your grooves with real-time control and perfect sync
16 per-step pads with bold, full-colour LEDs clearly show the current status
Real-time pattern creation up to 32 steps
Change the pattern step count seamlessly and on the fly
Rec/Play modes have been eliminated enabling seamless pattern making and performance
Seamless switch between step input and playing pads in real-time to create patterns
Real-time play of 4 different types of rolls to suit your beat
Quickly Mute/Unmute individual instruments during performance or production
Shuffle function from original TR-909 now has a knob for continuous real-time control
Pattern randomising function induces creativity and brings spontaneity to live performance
7 segment, 4 character LED display shows the current tempo and has Tap function
Pattern copy makes it easy to create pattern variations
A Few More Things
You can connect the TR-8 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive Audio and MIDI data. The TR-8 can receive MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units.
The TR-8 is designed to work seamlessly and look great with other products in the AIRA series.
Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer Specifications
User Drum Kits: 16
User Patterns: 16
Steps per 1 measure: 1--16 steps x 2 (Variation A/B)
Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
Effects: REVERB, DELAY, SIDE CHAIN
Scatter Presets: 10
PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone type
MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
ASSIGNABLE OUT (A, B) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
EXTERNAL IN (L, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
DC IN jack
USB: Audio, MIDI
Power Supply: AC adaptor
Dimensions (W x D x H): 400 x 260 x 65 / 15-3/4 x 10-1/4 x 2-9/16 inches
Weight: 1.9 Kgs / 4 lbs 4 oz
Roland Aira TB-3 Touch Bassline Synth
Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synth with meticulously authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play.
Nobody could have anticipated what would happen to the world of dance music when Roland's now-legendary TB-303 was embraced by inventive musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Since the 1980s, the TB-303 has been a staple of electronic music. It is the defining sound of Acid House and has since been the marquis instrument on an array of groundbreaking electronic dance tracks. It's not only been used to write songs, but it has songs written about it. In fact, the release of the TB-303 has been heralded as one the key events in the history of dance music. Not bad for a little silver box.
Launched in 1981, the TB-303 continues to be an indispensable bass synth for dance music. Roland have meticulously analysed the circuitry of the TB-303 piece-by-piece and down to the individual circuit behaviour.
Using Analogue Circuit Behaviour technology they have fully reproduced both the saw-tooth and square wave oscillators as well as the -18dB/octave ladder low pass filter used in the original TB-303, capturing that unmistakable cutoff and resonance character.
In addition to the faithful reproductions of classic TB tones, the TB-3 is packed with 134 sounds that live and breathe. Bubbling synth basses, hard distortion basses, trippy delay sounds and drippy effects. They're all here - and then some.
A TB bass line not only sounds unique, but it has its own trademark feel as well. The TB pulses. It drives. It bubbles and it percolates. That's why Roland have worked so hard to faithfully reproduce the Accent, Slide, and Step Sequencer behaviour of the original unit.
But their vision went beyond simple reproduction. The truth is, the step entry on the original TB-303 was difficult to use, the keyboard was difficult to play, and special manoeuvres were required for the shuffle functions. So Roland experimented with a variety of prototypes in their quest to create the optimal TB interface.
The new TB-3 is equipped with a brightly lit, green and red, pressure sensitive touch pad that lets you seamlessly create patterns and interact with the unit during performance. In addition to pitch and volume, you can tweak filters and even control modulation by simply pressing down on the pad with your finger. It also makes the keyboard a breeze to play.
• Envelope modulation and decay can be controlled with a single finger
• Switch patterns, transpose, and chain patterns with finger gestures
• Internally partitioned at keyboard intervals so it's easy and natural to play in realtime
• XY PLAY (X: Continuous pitch change, Y: Volume, Press down on pad: Modulation)
The TB-3's evolved Step Sequencer is a snap to use and allows seamless switching between pattern creation and performance. Of course, an attractive aspect of the original TB-303 was how it would sometimes generate unintended sounds as the user manoeuvred through its complex and cryptic pattern creation operation. In order to inject that element of chance and discovery, the TB-3 has automatic pattern generation and random pattern modification.
The TB-3's Scatter function features slicing, reverse, gating and other effects, instantly creating variations, stutters, and glitches that would normally require painstaking editing in a DAW. Complex, per-step functions are triggered easily with the Touch Pad and a single finger. Keep things fresh and interesting with 8 different types of Scatter variations and 10 levels of Scatter Depth – all controllable in realtime and in perfect sync.
A Few More Things
You can connect the TB-3 to your computer via its USB jack for USB bus power and to send and receive Audio and MIDI data. The TB-3 can receive MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units. The TB-3 is designed to work seamlessly and look great with other products in the AIRA series.
Roland Aira TB-3 Specifications
Maximum Polyphony: 1 voice
Parts: 1 part
Effects Multi-Effects: 2 systems, 10 types (COMP, RING MOD, BIT CRASHER, TREMORO, CHORUS, FLANGER, PHASER, DELAY, PITCH SHIFT, REVERB)
Distortion: 25 types
Preset Patches: 200
Sequencer User Patterns: 64
Maximum Step: 32 Steps (each pattern)
Scatter Presets: 8
Controllers: Touchpad, Cutoff knob, Resonance knob, Accent knob, Effect knob
Display: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Connectors: 1/4 inch stereo headphones, 1/4 inch TRS L/MONO, R. USB Port
Power Supply: AC adaptor (Included), or obtained via USB port (USB bus power)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 240 x 173 x 57 mm / 9-1/2 x 6-13/16 x 2-1/4 inches
Weight (excluding AC adaptor): 820 g / 1 lb 13 oz
Roland Aira VT-3 Voice Transformer
The Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer is the perfect tool for introducing heavily processed and vocoder style vocal effects into a liver performance set-up.
Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live continues to be a challenge. The VT-3 lets you smoothly alter Pitch and Formant and can introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and live performances with zero hassle.
However, it's not just for robot voices (although we totally approve of robot voices). The VT-3 has the power to transform your voice into synthesizers, synth basses, hard-tuned and lo-fi vocals and more. The VT-3 can also be subtle and musical, with built-in reverb, smooth Wet/Dry fader control and instant bypass.
Built for creative speed and live performance, the VT-3 is meant to be played. It has high quality specs and sturdy, brightly-lit controls that are dead simple to use. The controls and functions are smooth and immediate with no popping or clicking or latency issues to worry about, even when switching presets or changing voice characters. Weighing less than two pounds and small enough to slip into a bag, you can take the VT-3 anywhere.
Choose from 9 types of voice characters:
Pop and electro sounds with two distinct 'AUTO-PITCH' effects
VP-330-style VOCODER sounds without need for a keyboard
Glitchy effects that sound like something broke (in a good way) with SCATTER
Loads of lo-fi character with MEGAPHONE and RADIO settings
Synthetic sounding voices with the ROBOT button.
Synths you can sing with SYNTH, LEAD, and BASS
Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer Specifications
Memory Scene Memory: 3
Voice Changer: Pitch, Formant, Robot, Character
Character Type: DIRECT, AUTO PITCH1, AUTO PITCH2, VOCODER, SYNTH, LEAD, BASS, MEGAPHONE, RADIO, SCATTER
Effect Type: REVERB
MIC IN jack (Rear): XLR type (balanced, phantom power: +48 V, 10 mA Max)
MIC IN jack (Rear): 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced)
MIC IN jack (Front): Stereo miniature phone type (plug-in power)
PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
OUT jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
USB port: USB type B (Audio)
PEDAL jack: 1/4-inch phone type
DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC adaptor (Included) or obtained via USB port (USB bus power)
Current Draw: 380 mA
Dimensions (w x D x H): 210 x 175 x 57 mm / 8-5/16 x 6-15/16 x 2-1/4 inches
Weight: 690 g / 1 lb 9 oz
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