Ahead of the NAMM 2016 show, which starts on Thursday in Anaheim, Roland has released details of the A-01, a new highly portable controller that connects to DAWs, tablets, CV/GATE and MIDI gear. The A-01 is an incredible hybrid machine - with the flexibility to be an on-the-go production tool, a studio mainstay, or a live performance rig. Keep reading to see it in action and read some of the details.
How did the TB-303 bass synthesizer become such a well-known and highly regarded sound in dance music? Today guest contributor Akhil Kalepu goes in-depth with the full history of the Roland TB-303 and how its shortcomings became some of the most sought after sounds in the era of acid house that followed.
As 2015 comes to a close, companies are releasing their final products of the year. Today two new headphones from V-Moda. The first being V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Bluetooth-enabled headphones, and the second being Roland's collaboration with V-MODA, the M-100 AIRA headphones which are made to be the perfect headphones solution to use with Roland's AIRA gear.
We've been hearing from a lot of DJTT readers who have seen some of Ean's AIRA performance videos on his Facebook page and been asking us about the gear and how/why someone would want to use it in a production or DJ setup. For a fun Friday article, we've rounded up five performances with Roland AIRA gear that stand out and show off some of the coolest possibilities. Read on to watch them all!
For todays artist gear setup, we're going to switch things up. Rather then look at what DJs/producers take with them on the road, we're going to check out the gear they use in the studio. Starting with DJ, producer, and remixer, Yousef. As a producer Yousef has releases with Desolat, Objektivity Records, and Defected and he's remixed artists such as Carl Cox, Moby, and Blakkat. Youssef gives the DJTT community a peak inside his studio and talks about his analog synths, studio montiors, and why Cubase is his DAW choice.
Last year at NAMM, Roland was showing their then-secret AIRA lineup in a secret hotel suite - but this year their new gear is right out in the open. The MX-1 is part mixer, part soundcard, and part step sequence effector. After the jump, learn why this might be a critical new tool for DJs and producers alike.
Enough of the teasing already. We can finally tell you all about the new Roland Aira series, a group of meticulously modeled digital instruments based on the legendary Roland "xox" series -- analog classics like the TB-303 Bassline and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, pieces that kicked off entire genres of dance music. The new TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 Voice Transformer will be available in March, with the System-1 synth, inspired by the old SH-101, following in May or June.
Roland first released the original TR-808 drum machine all the way back in 1980, and after 34 years they’re finally making a brand new version of the legendary unit. Offering just a simple retrospective teaser that promises the unit will be “the evolution of the TR-808 rhythm machine”, we’ve also gotten our hands on the […]