Roland’s Aira instrument vary is being expanded as soon as once more with the launch of three ‘Compact’ devices that draw on the corporate’s wealthy heritage: the T-8 Beat Machine; J-6 Chord Synthesizer; and E-4 Voice Tweaker.
It may be tough to work out what distinguishes an Aira product from an ordinary Roland one – the Aira microsite, for instance, options the TR-8S drum machine however not the TR-6S, its slimmed-down shut cousin – nevertheless it’s fairly clear what the Compact vary is all about.
These are “enjoyable, inexpensive, and simple to study” containers which are designed for use both individually or collectively, in an analogous option to Korg’s Volcas. This being Roland, although, the whole lot is totally digital.
As soon as once more, Roland’s Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) know-how is in play, and every mannequin comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that guarantees loads of run time.
The T-8 seems to be like probably the most simple of the three: it’s a six-track drum machine that features sounds from the TR-808, TR-909 and TR-606. You additionally get a bass half primarily based on the TB-303, taking the machine tentatively into groovebox territory.
There’s a sequencer, clearly – this could run to as much as 32 steps – with options comparable to step loop, sample shift and likelihood enabling you so as to add variation to your grooves. You may tweak your bass sound, and there are reverb/delay ship results.
The J-6 Chord Synthesizer is arguably a extra curious proposition – it blends a Juno-60 synth engine (presumably the identical one as you’ll discover within the new full-size Juno-X) with a chord sequencer. It’s very designed for use by non-players; 100 chord units are included, with every enabling you to set off chords and create progressions utilizing the built-in keyboard. You may as well dial in variations (arpeggios and guitar-style enjoying, for instance).
In fact, you would simply use the J-6 as a synth (like the opposite Aira Compacts, it has MIDI connectivity) although past selecting the sound itself, modifying is proscribed to filter and envelope controls. Once more, there are additionally delay and reverb results.
Lastly, we come to the E-4 Voice Tweaker, a compact vocal results field that guarantees the whole lot from normal processors to full-on vocal transformers. There are pitch and formant sliders for immediate gender switching and robotic voice results (amongst different issues), and also you additionally get the customary computerized pitching/harmonising and vocoder choices.
You may seize your performances with a 24-second looper, whereas the Scatter knob allows you to dial in slice results.
The three Aira Compact gadgets can be found now priced at $200 every. Discover out extra on the Roland web site.