Another AIRA component announced by Roland is the TB-3, which emulates the vaunted TB-303 bass synth.
Like the other components in the AIRA series, the TB-3 uses Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling technology, to recreate the sounds of the the TB-303, and Roland has also duplicated the functionality of that instrument, with a lot of digital-era touches such as the Scatter feature, which allows for slicing, reverse, gating, and more, making possible the easy creation of stutter and glitch effects.
- Modeled from a pristine TB-303 unit, the original spec sheets, and archival data
- Roland’s ACB technology models each component and every aspect of the original TB-303 sound
- Faithful recreation of the original saw and square oscillator waveforms
- Attack, slide, tie, and other elements that characterize the TB-303 have been fully reproduced, including how they interact with each other
- Authentic filter behavior with smooth response and classic sound
- Pressure-sensitive touch pad
- 134 captivating sounds, including the original TB-303 tones and new four-oscillator, effects-processed basses, leads, and sound effects
- Dedicated Tempo control with shuffle and tap tempo functions
- Control built-in effects with smooth, responsive knobs
- 7-segment, 3-character LED display
- Seamless switching between pattern creation and performance/
- 16-step indicator lights to aid in pattern creation
- Pattern support for up to 32 steps
- Easy access to shuffle control for bass lines that groove.
- Enter steps manually or record in real time on the touch pad
- Change step count during playback to alter the length of phrases
- Random pattern generation and pattern modification
- Pattern copy function
The TB-3 is expected to ship in March of this year. Definitive pricing hasn't been announced, but early indications are that it will have a street price of around $299. For more information, visit RolandUS.com.