Roland AIRA Bundle - TB-3, VT-3 and System-1
Roland AIRA bundle
Package consists of:
• 1 x Roland Aira TB-3 Touch Bassline Synth
• 1 x Roland Aira VT-3 Voice Transformer
• 1 x Roland Aira System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer
Roland Aira System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer
The Roland System-1 Synthesizer can uniquely control Roland developed soft synths or host them in a live situation or do both at the same time.
Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, 100M and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. Over the years, they've been put to great use by visionary artists on countless classic tracks.
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Meet the SYSTEM-1, a synthesizer probably unlike any you've encountered before. Like its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of synthesized sounds with the bold and unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.
At the heart of the SYSTEM-1's sound is Roland's new Analogue Circuit Behaviour technology (ACB) which they use to carefully analyse every aspect of analogue circuits and then faithfully recreate them down to the finest details. This technology fills the SYSTEM-1 with a fusion of beautifully classic and utterly modern synthesizer tones. Sound good?
The SYSTEM-1 can control and even host software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers. That's right. The SYSTEM-1 can control plug-in versions of now legendary Roland synths, and those same plugins can be hosted in the SYSTEM-1 itself – with no computer required. You can even switch between the SYSTEM-1's internal sounds and those of the hosted plug-in. Roland call this wizardry 'Plug-Out' – and we're pretty excited about it.
And we think you'll be excited too once you experience the supreme authenticity of the upcoming SH-101 soft-synth, with the SYSTEM-1 providing an intuitive and fully automatic one-to-one control interface that just works. Let's be honest. Who could make a better plug-in version of a classic Roland synth than Roland?
And The SH-101 Is Just The Beginning
The SYSTEM-1 not only sounds amazing, but it also has a totally innovative design with performance ready controls, quality construction, and a dizzying array of lights and knobs and sliders that proclaim – unashamedly - 'I am synthesizer. Hear me roar'.
A few more things
You can connect the SYSTEM-1 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive Audio and MIDI data. The SYSTEM-1 can also receive MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units.
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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