Roland Aira: The Future of Drums, Beats, and Crazy Electronic Sounds

For a month, Roland has been teasing its mysterious "Aira" products with a series of videos that invoke the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, classic beat machines that are amongst the best-sounding hardware, even 30 years after they first hit the market. But it turns out the new Aira series is hardly a throwback.… » 2/14/14 3:00am 2/14/14 3:00am

The TR-808 Drum Machine Is Getting a Reboot and I Might Freak Out

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer is the most famous drum machine ever made. It remains a staple of modern production despite being more than 30 years old. Roland just posted a video teasing for a new product called the Aira TR-08, which it's positioning as a modern version of the 808. I have no idea what that means,… » 1/15/14 4:37pm 1/15/14 4:37pm

7 Groundbreaking Drum Machines That Changed Music As We Know It

When the first drum machines hit the market in the 1950s, they must have felt like the future. Imagine that—a robotic drummer that does exactly what you tell him to, and doesn't get loaded after the show. Of course, the human drummer never quite went out of style, but drum machines changed music forever. » 12/19/13 9:05am 12/19/13 9:05am

Coldplay Flogging off Old, Unwanted Studio Equipment, but Gwyneth Stays

Coldplay, purveyors of middle-class mundanity to the eardrums of the worthy*, are having a garage sale at their studio. So, anyone who wants to pick up a gadget with Korg, Roland, Linn, Pearl, Hafler or Yamaha written on it, and which emanates a musical version of "Pew Pew," then head off to eBay, 'cause that's where… » 2/26/08 9:27am 2/26/08 9:27am