PLUG-OUT

「PLUG-OUT」は、制作でもライブ・パフォーマンスでも同じシンセサイザー・サウンドをストレスなく使うことができるローランドの新たなコンセプト。ACBテクノロジーによって開発されるソフトウェア・シンセサイザーはMac/PC上で利用できるだけでなく、SYSTEM-1/SYSTEM-1m本体に「PLUG-OUT」し演奏可能。SYSTEM-1/SYSTEM-1m本体のサウンドとリアルタイムに切り替えて使うことができます。シンセサイザーの名器として根強い人気のSH-2をはじめ、今後もローランドの歴代ヴィンテージ・シンセサイザーをACBテクノロジーで忠実に再現した「PLUG-OUT」可能なソフトウェア・シンセサイザーを続々リリース予定。

  • Roland SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software SynthesizerPlay

    Roland SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer

    Check out how Roland's ground-breaking PLUG-OUT technology works, and get a look at the first PLUG-OUT synthesizer for SYSTEM-1—a complete replica of the iconic SH-101.

  • Roland SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software SynthesizerPlay

    Roland SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer

    The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads and wild effects. With or without a SYSTEM-1, this VST3 and AU plug-in support multiple instances and can be used in any compatible DAW. SYSTEM-1 owners get a dedicated controller and can take advantage of the SH-2's PLUG-OUT capability and turn their SYSTEM-1 into a stand-alone, hardware SH-2 that can go anywhere and doesn't require a computer. And this is just the beginning. More synthesizers based on Roland's acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior are on the way.

AIRA LINK

Mix Performer MX-1には、AIRAシリーズとUSBケーブル1本でシンプルに接続できる4つのAIRA LINK USBポートを搭載。今までにないシンプルで確実なライブ・セッティングを実現します。

AIRA LINKは1本のUSBケーブルで、以下をサポートします。

  • 最大24ビット/96kHzのデジタル・オーディオ転送
  • MIDIメッセージ転送(送信/受信)
  • MIDI同期(送信/受信)
  • プラグアンドプレイ
  • USBバス電源供給(対応機器のみ)

ACB

アナログ時代の電子楽器は、抵抗、コンデンサー、トランジスター、コイルといった多くのアナログ・パーツで内部が構成されています。

アナログ・パーツは一つ一つに個性的な特性があるため、それらを組み合わせた電子楽器も極めてユニークなサウンドを持つこととなりました。特にビンテージと呼ばれる楽器群は、当時の電子パーツの個体差や不安定な特性も影響し、非常に特徴的な音、振る舞いが個性となっています。

1980年代に発売され、いまもなお世界中で絶大な人気を誇るTR-808、TR-909、TB-303、SH-101などのリズム・マシンやシンセサイザーも、そのようなアナログならではの個性が世界中のミュージシャンに認められ、ダンス・ミュージックをはじめ多彩なジャンルで使われています。

今回、AIRAシリーズの開発にあたり、名機といわれるアナログ時代の電子楽器を正確に現代に伝えることが必要との想いから、アナログ回路を振る舞いのレベルまでモデリングする、まったく新しい技術 - ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) - を開発しました。

ACB Technologyは、従来のモデリング手法とは大きく異なり、オリジナル製品の設計図からアナログ・パーツの特性を一つ一つ丁寧に解析して再現します。その解析作業には当時の設計、開発状況の知識が必要となるため、開発プロジェクトには30年前にオリジナル機の設計開発に携わったエンジニアも参加。解析したパーツをオリジナル製品の電子回路と同様に組み合わせることで、オリジナルの詳細な個性を余すことなく再現。アナログ時代の電子楽器を最高の状態で現代に蘇らせました。

さらに、ACB Technologyはアナログ固有の特性を精密にエミュレートするだけでなく、膨大な演算パワーを誇る最新DSPにより、30年前の電子楽器では物理的に不可能だった次世代のパフォーマンス性能も実現。当時のエンジニアが夢見た高次元のサウンド表現が可能になりました。

AIRAは、ACB Technologyにより、ビンテージ・アナログの正確な再現 (ReBirth) に止まらず、これを原点 (Origin) として再進化 (ReEvolution) する新たな時代の電子楽器となることを目指しています。

  • Talk about 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine ExpansionPlay

    Talk about 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion

    In the mid-1980s, Roland released the now-famous TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers. Loved deeply by groove-minded musicians the world over, these machines have been the beating heart of a wide range of styles including synth pop, acid house, techno, industrial, electro and experimental. Now the sound of these classic rhythm machines, with every nuance accounted for, can be injected into your TR-8, taking the whole experience to an entirely new level. Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers, faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry. Analog Circuit Behavior captures the unmistakable sound of the original units – a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design. Newly modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds with enhanced attack characteristics. Five new TR-808 sounds including Noise Toms, Noise Clap and Finger Snaps. Unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent. Upgrades the TR-8 to have all the sounds and articulations of four iconic TR drum machines, plus all new sounds, in one performance-ready instrument.

    Even though the TR-707 and TR-727 were primarily digital devices, it would not have been possible to perfectly replicate their sound using samples. Due to the low bit-rates of the original units, quantization noise became a problem, particularly during the sound's decay. To reduce quantization noise, a clever design was employed where PCM sound was produced using non-decaying waveforms and decay was then introduced in the analog circuitry after being converted. Also, at the time these units were developed, deviations in the clock that triggered the PCM caused differences in pitch, and deviations in the analog circuitry downstream of the D/A converter caused variances in decay characteristics.

    To replicate these sounds for the TR-8, we started with the original PCM wave data found on the classic machines. We then used our ACB process to completely model the PCM output stage, carefully including all of its quirks and instabilities. Modeling the analog envelope and amplifier stages that came after the D/A converter allowed us to implement the "Tune" and "Decay" parameters that are available on the TR-8, but not present on the original units.

  • Talk about SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software SynthesizerPlay

    Talk about SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer

    The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads and wild effects. With or without a SYSTEM-1, this VST3 and AU plug-in support multiple instances and can be used in any compatible DAW. SYSTEM-1 owners get a dedicated controller and can take advantage of the SH-2's PLUG-OUT capability and turn their SYSTEM-1 into a stand-alone, hardware SH-2 that can go anywhere and doesn't require a computer. And this is just the beginning. More synthesizers based on Roland's acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior are on the way.

  • Talk about TR-909Play

    Talk about TR-909

    Roland engineers discuss the technologies involved in getting the right sounds for the successor to the TR-808. The TR-909 Rhythm Composer evolved from the TR-808 adding digital samples and MIDI. House and Techno were born. Now the next step begins.

  • Talk about ACBPlay

    Talk about ACB

    Go behind the scenes and learn how Roland's newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some our most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products. It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in Roland's own pristine units.

  • Talk about TR-808Play

    Talk about TR-808

    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.