AIRA House – Roland Meet Up [8/14] #FREE


Join us on Friday, August 14th for a free workshop/meet-up! Learn about the history iconic Roland products (like the TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, SH-101, PROMARS etc) and how in the hands of artists, they played a role in shaping today’s music genres.

This event is designed for musicians and music aficionados to be able to learn about both the history and technology of this powerful array of instruments.

RSVP here.
With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is a new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a new generation. While computers dominate so many music production activities today, artists still seek inspiration through the sonic character and responsive feel of traditional analog hardware.

AIRA products emphasize the spontaneous creativity and hands-on performance inspired by these vintage electronic instruments, while integrating neatly into today’s computer-based production environments.

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You can easily RSVP via Eventbrite right here:

Learn to DJ in our lab and in just two months you’ll be the life of the party. Email Sarah today or simply schedule a tour over here.

Roland unveils the JD-XA synth, which brings digital and analog together


Although most of the attention may be on Roland’s AIRA Modular, they also revealed a synthesizer at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt; the JD-XA. This synth combines both analog and digital synthesis engines in one instrument, and allows you to use each engine independently. Roland promises that you’ll be able to blend the two, creating unique textures, and also route the digital sound through the analog filters.

The 64-voice synth also features a 16-track sequencer and a wide variety of on-board effects, microphone-controlled modulation and vocoder. There’s no details on pricing or availability yet, however you can check out more info on the JD-XA in the video below or on the Roland website.

For more info on the JD-XA reveal, check out the Factmag blogpost.

Want to gain hands on experience using hardware synthesizers? Click here for more info our new Synthesis Program!

Roland Reveals New AIRA Modular

The new system is billed by the company as “modular for the masses”. -factmag

This new System-1m is a standalone synth that features four different effects units.

The SYSTEM-1m is a semi-modular version of the SYSTEM-1 synth with extra features like CV/Gate connections, external input, and more comprehensive signal routing options. Next there’s a range of standalone, table-top and Eurorack compatible effects for next-level sound mangling and experimentation, with distortion, crusher, delay and scatter coming soon.

Bitrazer: is a “programmable crusher effect with CV/Gate and Euroack Compatability.” This allows the DJ to have more control and flexibility over the crushing effect. This effect is programmable via computer, smartphone, or tablet!

Demora: “Programmable High-Resolution delay with CV/Gate and Eurorack Compatability” This allows for more flexibility and control over the delay effect.

Scooper: This effect unit is designed for the Scatter effect. With its 16 million steps of resolution is provides ultra-smooth controls.

Torcido: This versatile modular effect gives you control over the classic distortion effect. Just like the others, it is programmable via computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Click on this AIRA Modular Intro video and get a sneak peak of the new hardware. These units are called the Bitrazer, Demora, Scooper, and Torcido.

To better understand the Roland AIRA Modular and/or learn about this innovative hardware please contact Sarah for any questions and to get signed up for a music production class! You can also call 617.849.9321!

For more click on this FactMag article- “Roland officially reveals AIRA Modular and it’s both Eurorack and smartphone compatible

The Six Best New Hardware Drum Synths

In this digital day and age, electronic musicians seem to be reminiscent of the analog sounds of the past. Most people would remember popular drum machines such as the 808 and the 909 and the impact they had on the world of music. Now a days, vintage analog drum machines are hard to come by. Recently, companies have been taking notice of the growing interest in hardware and creating new products.

Resident Advisor has tested and come up with the top six new drum machines on the market including products from Korg, Elektron, Dave Smith and More.

There’s this on the Nord Drum 2:

Add on to this a tasty set of effects that include drive, crush and EQ per channel, as well as an overall delay, and you’ll find you can squeeze some truly remarkable sounds out of this little guy.

Or how about the Vermona DRM1 MKIII?

If you want eight channels of analog beef at an affordable price, this is the right choice.

Check out all the results on their website.

For more info on drum machines, synths and production in general, check out our music production courses!