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

Roland TB-303 Sushi Platter: If You Think Our Beats Are Fresh, Try the …

This image of a mouth-watering sushi platter pain-stakingly assembled to look like a Roland TB-303 synth popped up on the Ableton Live School's Facebook page. There's no word on why it was created, but what's certain is that it's easily as impressive a creation as anything the school's students have ever composed. » 1/14/13 6:40pm 1/14/13 6:40pm

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