Roland Aira

So Roland is teasing something new for NAMM. It looks like a new drum machine and they have a promo talking about the origin of the TR-808. If the new AIRA is analog I’ll be excited. It also looks like this is one of eight products in an AIRA line. Will this be a return to the classic Roland we love? These machines will have to have the punch and tightness of the originals not just less than imitations.

UPDATE: Analogue Ryhthm Machine, 6 Analog and 4PCM-based Drumparts, Loop- and Step-Sequencer, Stutter-, Active Step and Step Jump-Functions, Multitouch Trigger Pad / Step-Button, LED-Display, Build-in Speaker, Sync I/O 1/8″ Mini-Input female Mono, MIDI In, Headphone-Out 1/8″ Mini-TRS Stereo, Power via 6x AA Battery or optional Power Supply (KA-350; not included), Dimention: 193 x 115 x 45 mm (WxHxD), Weight: 372 698 Euros”.

UDATE 2: People are pointing out the specs above are from a Thomman image which is probably a hoax. We will see!

“Roland Engineers discuss the initial concept of the TR-808 which was conceived and built in 1980. Although it was designed to create “backing tracks”, creative musicians started to use the Rhythm Machine as an instrument and music changed forever. Now the evolution begins again.” –

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  1. It is just the Volca Beats page at Thomann someone Photoshopped a picture and a few words into. So the pricing and specs is fake. The specs and dimensions are those of a VOlca Beat…


  2. digitalbeatsyndrome January 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Its not a photoshop job… the specs might be spoof though.. Look at the vid at 1:07, 1:08


  3. Not analog. Virtual analog, probably using its Supernatural tech (modeling+samples) that they’ve had for years in their digital pianos and drums.


  4. If you don’t mind my asking, your’e update says that it’s “analog”, do you mean real analog or virtual? I’ve been hearing they’re all going to be VA. If ti’s real analog, do you have a reference to that?



  5. Ok I see that you’re saying that may be a hoax. NM.. lol


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