The SH-01A adds new four-voice polyphonic and unison modes to the original synth design, as well as a chord mode that layers any four pitches together for playing in semitone steps. You can also store sounds thanks to the model’s 64-patch memories, and has the ability to save and recall 64 patterns from its step sequencer.
The TR-08 has the iconic look and feel of the much-loved 808 but Roland have also added some tasty modern features, including 16 sub-steps per step to its sequencer, which means that users can create more detailed drum sounds.
The new Boutique model also features a track selectable trigger output for connecting to external hardware, an LED display, and the ability to step-program or tap-in parts in real time without having to stop playing to change modes. Not only that but the TR-08 can also send and receive MIDI control messages and supports audio and MIDI over USB.
The SP-404A sampler is an update of Roland’s SP-404SX, and contains all of the features of that highly popular sampler, but adds the ability to be triggered from the TR-08 via MIDI. When used together they equal a fully integrated and beat and sample production unit.
Roland are available in Australia through rolandcorp.com.au.