Roland A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer Overview & Demo

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: Continue reading

Social Entropy Engine Sequencer & CV Expansion Board At The 2016 NAMM Show

At the 2016 NAMM ShowSocial Entropy showed updates to its Engine hardware sequencer, and also introduced its new control voltage expansion board.

Here’s a video overview of the Engine sequencer from the NAMM Show floor, by designer John Kimble. Continue reading

Zoom ARQ Sequencer, Drum Machine & Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, one of the most unusual introductions was the Zoom ARQ – a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer.

Here’s an overview and demo from the NAMM Show floor: Continue reading

Arturia KeyStep – A USB MIDI Controller & Polyphonic Step Sequencer

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Arturia has introduced the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer — a new USB MIDI controller keyboard and polyphonic step sequencer, with CV connectivity.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Roland Intros A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, being held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland is introducing the A-01 – a unique mobile MIDI controller and 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.

Here’s Roland’s A-01 intro video: Continue reading