Roland System-8 gets new FM oscillators and filters in meaty 1.2 update

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The System-8 is the top-end device of the AIRA range of groovy green music-making machines. It’s an analogue modelling polysynth with the ability to load up fully realised versions of other classic Roland synths. It’s a lot of fun but Roland isn’t done with it yet. Firmware version 1.2 brings some really decent new goodies […]

Forget the TR-808 trainers what about these new Roland System 500 modules?

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While we were all fussy over the new Puma/Roland TR-808 trainers apparently the launch event in Berlin also had a small Roland System 500 rack knocking around. More importantly, this rack had some modules in it that we haven’t seen before and haven’t been announced. New System 500 Modules The current System 500 range contains […]

Roland TR-8S: Sample Import and 8-channel Output

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What happens when a company listens to customer feedback to build a new version of their product? The Roland AIRA TR-8S could be exactly that. In the a just-announced update to Roland’s flagship drum machine come a number of powerful features, including the ability to upload your own stereo samples from an SD card and […]

Roland mixes ACB and samples in the TR-8S Rhythm Performer

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After a thankfully short tease campaign, Roland has revealed their latest AIRA device. I give you the welcome if not extraordinary TR-8S Rhythm Performer. Roland TR-8S Yeah, I know, I was hoping for something new and devastatingly exciting as well but instead, we get a sampler version of the TR-8. Don’t get me wrong, that’s awesome, […]

Roland teasing a new AIRA product to be revealed on Monday

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A foggy and mysterious cover video with growly music has recently appeared on the Official Roland Aira Facebook page. Along with the notification of an intention to “Go Live” at 8am on Monday 5th March. Then an Instagram post appeared with a very similar video but this time it has something lurking in the dark, some […]