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Roland's $199 Aira Compact series are a serious play for entry the level | Engadget


Roland
Korg
Volca
Voice Transformer
T-8
Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior
ACB
the J-6 Chord Synth
MIDI
USB
TR-808
909
XLR
E-4


Aira Compact
Aira Compacts
Roland
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Summary

The T-8 is a drum machine that uses Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) to recreate sounds from the 808 and 909, and the J-6 Chord Synth does the same, but for the Juno-6. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with having more portable budget synths and drum machines, it’s the E-4 Voice Tweaker that really stands out. You get what Roland gives you, which is a mix of sounds from the TR-808, 909 and 606.You can add overdrive, or switch the bass synth from saw wave to square wave, or swap out the clap for a second tom if you feel like slogging through the T-8’s somewhat arcane menu. And if you’d rather get your funk on, there’s a solid sounding vocoder with more waveforms than I can count.You can also enable all the effects simultaneously, so you can auto pitch your vocals, generate harmonies, and then feed your newly chorded voice through the vocoder to create a choir of robots. And yes the vocoder will follow the pitch of auto correct if you use it, or you can control it via MIDI keyboard.There is also a 24-second looper with the ability to overdub, so if you don’t like the preset harmonies, you can record your own backup vocals.

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