The Roland A-01 MIDI Controller and Sound Generator puts incredible power in your hands, offering flexibility and ultimate control - bridging the link between your MIDI gear and CV/Gate equipped analogue devices. When it comes to operating your studio setup, creating music on the go, and/or practising before taking to the stage, the A-01 is a multi-functional unit that has you covered.
Flexible Connectivity between MIDI and Analogue
Everybody's studio setup is unique and meticulously built, and more than likely includes: synths, drum modules, sound modules and other equipment across both analogue and digital platforms. The problem is getting those devices to talk to each other in a seamless and efficient manner. Roland have once again come up with the solution, enabling your MIDI and analogue gear to communicate effectively.
The A-01 offers multiple connectivity for all MIDI formats. For old-school (legacy) MIDI synths, there is a standard MIDI IN/OUT socket. Then you can plug directly into your DAW of choice for direct recording capabilities on both Mac or PC via the USB MIDI jack. If that wasn't enough, Roland has even incorporated MIDI over Bluetooth to all connectivity with a tablet or smartphone. With all bases covered, you have no excuses when it comes to laying down and capturing ideas on the fly, on any platform you desire.
Roland appreciate that although digital equipment is widely used across the music production landscape, analogue gear is and always will be at the heart of many musicians, engineers, producer's studio setup. For the reason, the A-01's CV/GATE OUT supports classic equipment, including vintage modular synths, enabling you to assimilate your analogue gear into your DAW recording setup with ease.
Built-in 8-bit CPU
The A-01 isn't just a MIDI controller, but also boasts an 8-bit CPU sound engine that was developed by Roland's engineer who was responsible for creating classics, such as their JX-3P, harnesses the beauty of Roland's Boutique family. The A-01 is an exceptionally powerful, portable music creation tool that not only works as a standalone device - thanks to the built-in 0.5W mini-speaker -, but also plays well with others. The A-01 is lightweight and weighs a mere 950g, slips discreetly into any gig bag, and can be powered by either four AA batteries or USB bus power.
Wherever your work takes you, whatever recording or performance environment you're in - studio or darkened stage -, real-time visual information is crucial to capturing an accurate performance. With this in mind, Roland have included a 192 x 40 graphic LCD screen that offers light in the dark, so you can rest assured that nothing will pass you by. The A-01 control interface has an intuitive layout, with dedicated pots and buttons that can be assigned to pitch bend, modulation, sound preview, and channel and polyphonic aftertouch - as well as CC and system exclusive MIDI data. Everything you need is readily accessible and waiting to be explored.
Manufacturer Roland Model A-01 MIDI Controller and Sound Generator Keyboard 24 Mini-Key, Synth Action Connectivity USB MIDI MIDI over Bluetooth Headphone Output CV Output Gate Out MIDI IN MIDI Out Power Options 4 x AA Batteries (Not included) USB Bus-Power
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