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      Roland AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline (J06599)
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The return of a legendary bass tweaker.

Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synth with meticulously authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play.

Nobody could have anticipated what would happen to the world of dance music when Roland’s now-legendary TB-303 was embraced by inventive musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been a staple of electronic music since the 1980’s. It is the defining sound of Acid House and has since been the marquis instrument on an array of groundbreaking electronic dance tracks. It’s not only been used to write songs, but it has songs written about it. In fact, the release of the TB-303 has been heralded as one the key events in the history of dance music.


The Sound
Launched in 1981, the TB-303 continues to be an indispensable bass synth for dance music. Roland has meticulously analyzed the circuitry of the TB-303 piece-by-piece and down to the individual circuit behavior.

Using Analog Circuit Behavior technology Roland was able to fully reproduce both the saw-tooth and square wave oscillators as well as the -18dB/octave ladder low pass filter used in the original TB-303, capturing that unmistakable cutoff and resonance character.

In addition to the faithful reproductions of classic TB tones, the TB-3 is packed with 134 sounds that live and breathe. Bubbling synth basses, hard distortion basses, trippy delay sounds and drippy effects. They’re all here - and then some.


The Feel
A TB bass line not only sounds unique, but it has its own trademark feel as well. The TB pulses, drives, bubbles and percolates. Roland worked hard to faithfully recreate the Accent, Slide, and Step Sequencer behavior of the original unit.

The truth is, the step entry on the original TB-303 was difficult to use, the keyboard was difficult to play, and special maneuvers were required for the shuffle functions. So Roland has enhanced the features on the TB-3 to overcome these challenges and have created the optimal TB interface.

Roland AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline Features:

  • Meticulously crafted using an original TB-303 unit and spec sheet
    ACB technology models every aspect of the original TB-303 sound
    Faithful recreation of the original saw and square oscillator waveforms
    Authentic filter behavior with smooth response and authentic sound
    Pressure sensitive Touch Pad
    134 captivating sounds including effects-processed waveforms.
    Dedicated Tempo control with Shuffle and Tap Tempo
    Control built-in effects with smooth, responsive knobs
    7-segment, 3-character LED display
    Seamless switch 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 realtime on the Touch Pad
    Change Step Count during playback to create different length phrases
    Random pattern generation and pattern modification
    Pattern copy
    Shuffle
    Integrates seamlessly with other AIRA series products


Roland AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline Specifications:

  • Instruments: Preset Patches = 134
    Sequencer:
    User Patterns: 64
    Maximum Step: 32 Steps (each pattern)

    Scatter Preset: 8

    Controllers:
    Touchpad
    Cutoff knob
    Resonance knob
    Accent knob
    Effect knob

    Display: 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)

    Connectors:
    PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
    OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
    DC IN jack

    Power Supply: AC adaptor, or obtained via USB port (USB bus power)
    Current Draw: 500 mA

    Accessories:
    Owner's manual
    AC adaptor
    Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"

    Size and Weight:
    Width (W)240 mm9-1/2 inches
    Depth (D)173 mm6-13/16 inches
    Height (H)57 mm2-1/4 inches
    Weight 820 g1 lbs. 13 oz


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  • Worth every penny..

    As reviewed by Gregory on 10/26/2014

    I never owned a TB-303, but a PC based TB was the first synth I ever played with so I had to have one. Wanting a TB-303 for a long time, but way over my budget, as they go for well over $2000 today. So the next best thing was the new TB-3. Still my personal favorite filter of all time of any synth and this one lives up to it. The new Timbres are a special treat. The sound is impressive. It definitely has an analogism bite to the sound even though it is digital. It's been a nice addition to my home studio and will see it's use time in and time out.

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