roland aira

You may remember our post a few weeks ago reporting on Roland’s announcement of a new version of the legendary TR-808. Well at the end of last week we finally got some solid new info regarding the mysterious Roland Aira line of products coming out in 2014. It seems that not only will we be getting the TR-808, but we will be seeing an update of the TR-909 and the TB-303 as well, in addition to a brand new addition: the VT-3 Vocal Transformer. Details are still limited but we have several new videos (at the bottom of this post) to shed some light on the upcoming product line.

First, let’s get this out of the way. For anyone hoping for a sleek new box containing a replicated version of the old machines, you might be disappointed. The Roland Aira line won’t be circuit-for-circuit clones of their analogue predecessors, but instead finely calibrated digital modelers. This might make some purists balk, but Roland assures that they’ve put replicating the sounds first and foremost with a a new process they’re calling ACB, or “Analogue Circuit Behavior.” In one of the videos below you can see Roland researches putting ACB in action with the TB-303, analyzing the original waveforms and duplicating them in the new digital device.

Well unfortunately, that’s about all the new info we have at this point. We’re still waiting on more details and spec lists, and I’m especially interested in what the VT-3 will be capable of.  For now, watch the two new videos below and stay up to date by checking back at the new Aira website.


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