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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.
All the modules in the miniMOD range together in a standalone keyboard