Roland has introduced the Aerophone Pro, a new digital wind instrument that brings the capabilities of Roland’s SuperNATURAL and ZEN-Core sound engines to wind players.
The Aerophone Pro is the latest instrument in the company’s Aerophone line, originally introduced in 2016. It’s designed to be a flagship model, with a polished aluminum exterior in high-touch areas and more expressive breath and bite sensors.
The Aerophone Pro features enhanced soprano, alto, and tenor saxes, new trumpet sounds and world instruments, like a new duduk. They say that their new controller options enable idiomatic performance techniques on a range of instrument sounds.
Aerophone Pro also features Roland’s ZEN-Core Synthesis System, the sound engine that powers their FANTOM and JUPITER-X synthesizers. A built-in speaker, battery operation and headphone jack lets you use the instrument standalone. It can also be used as a Bluetooth MIDI controller.
Pricing and Availability
Roland expects the Aerophone Pro to be available in January 2021, priced at about $1,500 USD.