Roland, the creator company of the iconic Roland 909 introduces a new digital instrument of winds. The new Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a company’s new digital creation that fuses a traditional saxophone fingering system with a library of onboard acoustic and synth sounds, plus an acoustic horn breath sensor.
The Aerophone allows the performer to use additional acoustic instrument sounds including clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, and violin. Even ethnic instruments like shakuhachi and erhu are on board, and all offer authentic pitch and tonal fluctuations that echo their acoustic counterparts. The instrument comes with a selection of the latest synth sounds, which are tailored for wind instrument performance with optimized breath control. That breath control sensor is exactly what provides a flexibility of expression, not possible with keyboard synthesizers.
Several similarities can be found with EWI (pronounced EE-wee, picture on the right) an electronic musical instrument invented by Nyle Steiner around the 80s, which as the name itself suggests, was not to be expected of realistic sounds. While condemned by some, as a bad replica of a real instrument, the acceptance of the EWI back in the days actually happened due to its electronic synthetic sounding. Meanwhile Roland Aerophone AE-10 may face a similar reaction as the company is troubaduring its natural sound reproduction, while the criticism begins to arise. However, as it often happens, the narrative of the manufacturer is often expanded in unplanned manners.
Even though, unfortunately we haven’t gotten to touch the instrument but the sound and the range of the instrument can be heard in the video below:
It comes with a 7 hour battery life, a DC IN jack, USB port that supports USB MIDI, two internal speakers of 1.5 W, all the other specs are here.