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ROLAND Aira – Torcido, Bitrazer, Scooper & Demora

Now the dust has settled on Roland’s Aira range, Dave Gale sees how the four FX-men of the Eurorack fit into a modern system…
Demora – a delay in Eurorack clothing, the Demora brings the time-honoured form to a modular setting, with a large amount of CV control

Details

Manufacturer Roland

Price £245 (per module, street price)

Contact 01792 702701

Web www.roland.co.uk

Features

Four distinct FX modules

Patchable and controllable over CV

Usable in a Eurorack or standalone

Powered via Eurorack or included PSU

Programmable via Mac/PC or iOS/Android

Width: 20HP

Current draw: 450mA

A round 18 months or so ago, Roland took the decision that many of us had been hoping for, with its acceptance of the established market in Eurorack and the announcement of a number of Eurorack products. So now it’s time to give the company’s FX modules a closer look, and see what they might offer an existing system.

Scooper – time to get Stuttering. The Scooper brings stutter technology to the Eurorack form.

Rack it up or standalone

The first thing to note is that these modules do not have to be used in a Eurorack. They have rubber feet and will happily reside on a desktop, which for some may be just as well, as they are a little hungry on the power front. Each module comes with a ‘wall wart’ power supply, but when installed in a Eurorack, each module draws a not inconsiderable 450mA. Is this excessive? Well, think of it this way. If you have all four modules, that’s a whopping 1800mA in an 80HP space, so if you do plump for all four, make sure that your Euro-power is up to the mark, otherwise mysterious things may start to develop in your rig, as units clamber for adequate consumption. The other option is to use the included external PSUs, which ship with the modules and will not impinge on your system-wide power demands – but of course, this will mean you have a cable or two hanging out of the back of your cabinet, which you may not want. The reason they’re so hungry is largely down to the fact that they’re digital, and many digital units eat power like no tomorrow, so you would be well advised to spread the load to take the heat off, literally! Power aside, there is no doubting that the lineup appears impressive, with plenty of credentials, so let’s start getting them patched in.

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