Hopefully you will have seen our reviews of the AIRA TB3 touch bassline TB-303 type machine and the TR8 drum machine , if not, do check them out.
The other instrument in the AIRA range si the System-1 its a synthesizer which has its roots (according to the blurb) in System 100 modulars. Its capable of up to four voice polyphony too.
What makes it more than your average virtual analogue (using Rolands new ACB - Analogue Circuit Behaviour), its got the ability to run internal plug-in synths without the need for a computer they call it Plug-Out. Hmm, that sounds interesting - so can I run my Uhe Diva on it? Well no. It appears that you will need to load up Roland specific plugs, but it does make for an interesting hybrid of hard and software.
As it comes, the synth is its own master - a four oscillator machine with the specifications set out below, but in addition you can load in one of these "recreations of classic synths" as a hosted plugin. First to come is the SH101 - though presently this is not quite there yet. But there will be more to come.
It certainly has potential.
We hear that it will be around $599 street
But as it comes here are the specs of the System-1:
[Sound Generator Section]
Pricing and availability TBC
4-voice paraphonic synth,2 osc, 3 filters,5 LFO, 5 ENV + 12 slot matrix