Roland today introduced three new items in its Boutique line: the TR-09 Rhythm Composer, TB-03 Bass Line synthesizer and VP-03 Vocoder.
Each is designed to recreate the sound, interface, and operation of a classic Roland product. Powered by Roland’s advanced ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, they also extend on the originals’ capabilities, adding enhanced features and modern connectivity.
The new Roland TB-03 ($349) uses ACB to recreate the sound and character of the original TB-303 Bass Line Synthesizer.
A new four-digit LED display allows for enhanced programming, while rotary dials give hands-on control over tuning, cutoff, resonance, envelope mod, decay, and accent.
Saw and square waveforms are present, alongside new overdrive, delay, and reverb effects.
In addition to the original’s Pitch and Time write modes, there’s a new Step mode and fine tempo control, and sequences can continue playing while switching modes.
Ports for external gear include a dedicated trigger input to drive the internal sequencer, plus MIDI IN/OUT, USB, and CV/Gate for control over analog gear, modular synths and DAWs.
All three new Roland Boutique units run on 4 x AA batteries or USB bus power. Each module also includes a powered mini-speaker.
See the Roland site for more info.