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ROlAnD Aira System-1m (v1.2)

Roland reinvents its past for the ‘patch generation’. Dave Gale reaches for his cables to find out how it racks up

The Aira range from Roland has created quite a buzz over the last couple of years, as Roland finally took the step that so many of us had been crying out for, with the reinvention of some of the classics from the company’s back catalogue. Apart from the expected culprits, in the shape of reimagined 808s, 909s and 303s, the flagship of the range was the System-1, complete with shallow keyboard, which many felt did not do the instrument justice. So Roland has taken the brave step of producing a rackmount, or even Eurorack-mount, version of the same instrument, complete with an enticing array of patch points, to excite the burgeoning Eurorack community.

Roland’s System-1m: it’s an SH-101 in sheep’s clothing…and a Jupiter 4, and an SH-2…


Kit Aira System-1m (v1.2)

Manufacturer Roland

Price £439 (street price) Plug-Outs emulations sold separately – prices vary

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