airamodular

Roland apparently doesn’t want to leave too much to the imagination – or online leaks.

Now, it’s official. Roland has posted a teaser image to their AIRA site. It’s marked with the catch phrase “Start Patching,” plus “Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015” (next week’s industry trade show here in Germany).

So, we know a lot for sure now:

It’s an AIRA product.
It has patch cords.
It’s modular. (The filename on Roland’s own site is “b_airamodular.jpg”)
They’re doing a rack-mount SYSTEM-1. (That’s the AIRA SYSTEM-1 layout in the device on the top. It seems they’re breaking it out a bit like the Synthesizer-101 that was the heart of the 100 series modular.)

We can guess at a lot, too:
Looks like there are probably four modules to start.

Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB), Roland’s own component analog modeling technique introduced on the AIRA line, seems a natural for the modules since it’s already in this soon-to-be-rack-mounted SYSTEM-1. Of course, that still opens up analog control (via CV). A lot of great modules at the moment are digital, so no shocker there.

The one thing I can’t do? Unlike last year’s teaser image, messing about with the image levels doesn’t reveal all the labels. Heh.

http://www.roland.com/aira/

We’ll be visiting Roland next week and then all bets are off.

As for everything else, I refer you again to this picture for speculation:

rolandmodule100

  • Virtual Flannel

    interesting………veeeeeerrry interesting

  • Virtual Flannel

    interesting………veeeeeerrry interesting

  • stuart

    Considering the fact that the three modules on the bottom look almost identical (different colour LEDs and a backlit switch activated on one of them). I’m wondering if they’re not all the same module. It would make a lot of sense for Roland to make one or two configurations of Aira modules and then to have different software plugouts for them.

    • I can say (with some small authority) that no, they are all different. (the one on right was my fave). the Lights might look the same but the Knobs and switch are different and of course the functions. But you’re getting warm with the plug-out side (software wise it’s Much cooler than that and though I don’t follow Modular land to closely I’ have not see anything similar. can’t say more I’m afraid)

  • stuart

    Considering the fact that the three modules on the bottom look almost identical (different colour LEDs and a backlit switch activated on one of them). I’m wondering if they’re not all the same module. It would make a lot of sense for Roland to make one or two configurations of Aira modules and then to have different software plugouts for them.

    • I can say (with some small authority) that no, they are all different. (the one on right was my fave). the Lights might look the same but the Knobs and switch are different and of course the functions. But you’re getting warm with the plug-out side (software wise it’s Much cooler than that and though I don’t follow Modular land to closely I’ have not see anything similar. can’t say more I’m afraid)

  • angstrom

    Someone on gearslutz by the name of rooftree illustrated the thing we all thought about the big box in the teaser.

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/460719d1428510363-new-roland-aira-modular-system-1-vs-sys-x-red-lines.jpg

  • angstrom

    Someone on gearslutz by the name of rooftree illustrated the thing we all thought about the big box in the teaser.

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/460719d1428510363-new-roland-aira-modular-system-1-vs-sys-x-red-lines.jpg

  • FS

    wow cool! they look pretty rack space hungry? fun times.

  • FS

    wow cool! they look pretty rack space hungry? fun times.

  • Curtis Rhodes

    So…modular has officially jumped the shark, right?

    • wndfrm

      guitars, drums, the human voice and ‘propagated vibrations through air’ have also leapt over this fanciful predatory fish, by this standard.. don’t be bitter. 🙂

  • Curtis Rhodes

    So…modular has officially jumped the shark, right?

    • wndfrm

      guitars, drums, the human voice and ‘propagated vibrations through air’ have also leapt over this fanciful predatory fish, by this standard.. don’t be bitter. 🙂

  • Uhh I was wrong, nice 🙂

  • Uhh I was wrong, nice 🙂

  • Matt

    Really cool, eager to read reports on this 🙂

  • Matt

    Really cool, eager to read reports on this 🙂

  • haitch

    The I Dream Of Wires Twitter feed have a pic – looks like the red and blue highlights on the big unit in the teaser are the patch points. Also they’ve gone with System 1m as the name. https://twitter.com/IDOWdocumentary/status/586222636990070784

  • haitch

    The I Dream Of Wires Twitter feed have a pic – looks like the red and blue highlights on the big unit in the teaser are the patch points. Also they’ve gone with System 1m as the name. https://twitter.com/IDOWdocumentary/status/586222636990070784