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This weekend at the Dancefair in Utrecht was the first public outing of the AIRA range. If you've missed it - the new range of analogue modelled instruments from Roland that uses their ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) technology.
We were fortunate to get hold of the TR8 - the new drum machine that models both the classic TR808 and the TR909 machines - see our review from Friday here.
We also looked at the TB3 Touch Bassline too - this is the TB-303 reimagined - with a new touchpad interface.
Anyhow, the System-1 has been much awaited too, though we surmise by the lack of available review units, that its not quite as far along as the other models. With 2 oscillators and four voices, its got plenty to tweak, but what makes the System-1 more of an interesting proposition is the fact that it has the ability to run an addition synth model using Roland's own Plug-in format.
Presumably this will be uploaded via USB - the first model is yet to be confirmed but a source tells us that its a close run thing between SH-101, SH-2 and System-100.
We also hear (totally unconfirmed) that one plug will ship with the unit and additional models will be in the range of $99 - but again this is not confirmed.
The System-1 will be dropping in June with street prices of £499/$599
We hope to get more hands-on soon.
Many thanks to Eric from ChampsOriginalTrend.com for getting the footage.
USB DC coupled audio interface in the rack
Dave shows off his new wares and we get to hear the Morpheus
Martin shows of the new wares from Rebel Tech
These neat little interfaces look very nice indeed!