Roland have revealed details for their new Aerophone AE-10, a “digital wind instrument” that allows users to play saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, violin and synths.
The tech giant’s latest innovation uses a breath sensor in order to react like an acoustic horn, with users able to play the digital emulations through either the Aerophone AE-10’s built-in speaker, a stereo mini jack that connects to an external source, or a USB connection that allows it to link to external MIDI modules or software synths.
The digital instrument is laid out similarly to a traditional saxophone, with performance keys on the right-hand side and octave keys on the left. It also features an optional rechargeable battery, which lasts around seven hours, as well as mains power.
Roland also entered the DJ mixer arena with the new DJ-808 controller last week (9th July), that was before they revealed a slew of products that embrace their heritage, including new versions of the TB-303, TR-909 and the System 8 Synth.
Watch the Aerophone AE-10 in action below.
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