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Roland - TB-3 Touch Bassline Performance Synthesizer

 

To say that Roland's original 1982 TB-303 Transistor Bassline synthesizer was one of the most influential innovations in the world of early electronic music would be an almost laughable understatement. A definitive element in the sound of Acid House and an essential part of early trance music, this small silver box quickly became a staple synth around the world. The AIRA TB-3 Bassline synth gives you a chance to experience this iconic sound in a whole new way. Not only does the AIRA TB-3 faithfully reproduce the full range of the TB-303 sound, but it's also super-easy to program, play, and integrate into the rest of your music-production rig. At Leaseville, we're extremely excited about this new bass synthesizer model. Keep reading to find out why.

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Thanks to Roland's impressive new Analog Circuit Behavior technology, the TB-3 is capable of reproducing the full range of sounds and textures available on the original TB-303 — and a whole lot more! This component-to-component modeling approach gives you the genuine behavior of the TB-303 attack, slide, and tie behavior, in addition to a flawlessly reproduced -18dB/octave ladder filter. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

A major improvement that the AIRA TB-3 offers over the original TB-303 is its sheer playability. That's largely thanks to the TB-3's amazing, pressure-sensitive touchpads. Backlit with red and green LEDs, these multipurpose pads serve as an octave of keys, but they also act as individual X/Y pads that allow you to control pitch and volume plus envelope modulation by applying pressure.

Those of us here at Sweetwater who had the privilege of programming grooves on the original TB-303 remember doing so with a sort of fondness akin to having survived a freshman hazing ritual — sure, the experience built character, but it wasn't exactly entertaining. Roland more than made amends for this with the TB-3, an instrument that's so much fun to program, it's hard to put away.

A unifying trend among Roland's AIRA instruments is the ability to easily shake things up to get fun and creative results. In the TB-3's case, you've got plenty of options to choose from. With a twist of a knob, you can go from straight timing to a funky groove, just by cranking up the Shuffle setting.

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