Roland Aira TB-3 Touch Bassline Synthesizer

Product ID: 102116
Available to Order. Estimated delivery is 05/03/2020.
Available to Order. Estimated delivery is 05/03/2020.
  • Part of the Aira Range
  • Based on the highly acclaimed TB-303 reignites vintage bassline creation with innovative technology
  • 134 captivating sounds including effects-processed waveforms
  • 200 built in preset patterns
  • 16-step indicator bright lights and brushed metal finish give a sleek and modern visage
  • Random pattern generation and pattern modification to mix up your composition


The Roland TB-303 literally shook the dance world in the 1980's and was embraced by musicians the world over making the now-iconic TB-303 a staple of electronic music. Now, a new generation of ground breaking synthesizers are born as part of the Aira range. The Roland TB-3 touch bassline performance-ready synthesizer takes the foundations that made the original so acclaimed and evolves this with today's technology and an interface that is not only innovative in its function but is also drop-dead gorgeous.

Using analog circuit behaviour technology, Roland have managed to fully recreate the saw-tooth and square wave oscillators as well as the -18dB/octave ladder low pass filter used in the original TB-303. Reborn is the unmistakable characteristics of the TB-303's cutoff and resonance. Adding to the recreation of the classic sounds, the TB-3 comes loaded with 134 sounds over 4 banks ready to impact your music with astonishing quality. Bubbling synth basses, hard distortion basses, trippy delay sounds and drippy effects are all present to name but a few.

Cool and clean interface

From the moment you unbox your Roland TB-3, what will grab you is that beautiful interface. The cool brushed metal, the red and green lighting, the clear layout, all add beauty to this beast, but it's not just about looks. The truth is, the step entry on the original TB-303 was difficult to use, the keyboard was difficult to play, and special manoeuvres were required to access the shuffle functions. Now, Roland have optimised the interface so that nothing gets in the way of your creativity. The green and red, pressure sensitive touch pad lets you seamlessly create patterns and interact with the unit during performance. In addition to pitch and volume, you can tweak filters and even control modulation by simply pressing down on the pad with your finger. It also makes the keyboard easier than ever to play.

In sequence

With the new, evolved step sequencer of the Roland TB-3, you can switch seamlessly between pattern creation and performance. Of course in keeping with the original, the TB-3 also creates those unintended sounds as the user manoeuvres through its complex and cryptic pattern creation operation. And for instantaneous ideas, the TB-3 has automatic pattern generation and random pattern modification to inject a little chance and discovery into your music.

Making new connections

The Roland TB-3 now utilises a USB port to seamlessly transport both MIDI and audio data to and from your computer. It's also capable of receiving MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units. The Roland TB-3 is a small unit that produces a massive sound and opens up all that made the original so ground breaking to a new generation, with new technology. Now is your time to own this inspiring reincarnation of a legend.

Dimensions(WxDxH)240 x 173 x 57 mm
  • Touchpad
  • Cutoff knob
  • Resonance knob
  • Accent knob
  • Effect knob
Internal Sounds200 preset patches
PolyphonyMonophonic, 1 part
Sequencer64 patterns, 32 steps per pattern
Display7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
  • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
  • OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
  • USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
  • DC IN jack
Included accessoriesAC adaptor, owners manual
Posted on 29/07/2014 by Really excellent machine. Very easy to program with an intuitive user friendly interface.

The sound is pretty much indistinguishable from an original 303 in my opinion. There are lots of additional sound envelopes, which allow you to make some very modern, unusual sounds. Most people will buy the tb 3 as a cheap alternative to an original 303. If you've used a 303 you'll notice there a few differences where the tr3 differs, such as no pitch control knob etc, but all of the functionality is there, you just use the tr3 slightly differently. In addition the tr3 does have extras such as the new scatter feature, which allows for some interesting randomization.

In my opinion a great machine, with excellent and easy interface and programming functionality. Try one out and I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Posted on 15/06/2014 by I bought the tr8 first! Was blown away by it. Have to admit was on the fence with the tb3 looking at the videos online! I went to the shop in Belfast to get a try on one! Service was great! Got to try it out and talked threw it playing on a set of Adam speakers! Sounds great, very easy to use!

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