Roland’s Aerophone AE-10G now in black
One of the first fruits of Roland’s international online ‘The Future. Redefined. September Festival 2017’ has appeared – the Aerophone AE-10G in Graphite Black, expanding the Aerophone line-up to two models. When it was launched, the Aerophone was billed as a groundbreaking digital wind instrument that features traditional sax fingering and a wide selection of saxophone sounds with authentic response and playability. Many other acoustic instrument sounds are included as well, plus synthesiser sounds optimized for breath control. With the AE-10G, Roland provides Aerophone players with ‘a rich, dark metallic colour option to the clean white finish of the standard AE-10 model’.
Offering a key layout that’s similar to an acoustic saxophone, the Aerophone is said to be an easy transition for sax players of all levels, from beginning to advanced. The sensitive mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor also features a bite-sensing reed, allowing for control of expressive techniques like vibrato and pitch.
Equipped with soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone sounds, the Aerophone gives players all the sax tones they need in one convenient instrument. using Roland’s SuperNATURAL modelling technology, the sounds respond to playing dynamics and articulations just like their acoustic counterparts. With the convenient Full Range function, the user can automatically switch between sax types by key range.
The Aerophone features many other acoustic instrument sounds like clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, violin, and more, all utilising SuperNATURAL technology to faithfully match the behaviour of the originals. Also included are Roland’s latest synthesiser sounds, which have been specially tailored for wind instrument performance with fully optimized breath control.
Compact and lightweight, the Aerophone can be powered with six AA-size batteries. It’s equipped with integrated speakers for monitoring the sound, plus an output jack for playing with headphones or connecting to an external amplifier or PA. There’s also an audio input for jamming with backing music from a smartphone or music player.
The Aerophone supports USB-MIDI, allowing users to connect with a computer to play soft synths and record expressive MIDI tracks in a DAW. With the free Aerophone Editor app, users can customise sounds, create tone lists, and more from their iOS or Android mobile device.
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