At the 2016 NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland introduced the A-01 – an hybrid mobile MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.
Here’s a video overview from Roland’s Peter Brown, that covers the A-01’s features.
See the video below for some audio demos of the A-01’s 8-bit synthesizer:
The A-01 is a genre-busting piece of gear:
- The A-01 is the same size as Roland’s Boutique synths, and can dock in the Boutique K-25m keyboard.
- It’s a MIDI controller that works over full-size MIDI & USB.
- It’s also a wireless Bluetooth LE controller.
- It’s a unique 8-bit virtual analog synthesizer.
- It’s also a step sequencer.
- It’s got CV/Gate connectors, so it can control analog & modular gear.
The Roland A-01 is available now, paired with the Roland K-25m keyboard, with a street price of US $399. See the Roland site for details.