I spoke not long ago about making chiptunes, which are tunes that are meant to sound like 80s computer game music. Now Roland have come out with a new instrument called the A-01, which they have deliberately given an 8-bit synthesizer engine so that you can use it to create chiptune style sounds. Of course, it’s more than that, because it can also be used as a CV and MIDI controller, which means you can use it to control either digital or analog synthesizers. Take a look at this truly excellent demonstration video below. There’s a lot going on here, though, not just the A-01.
There’s definitely something exciting about someone performing electronic music live like that. You see, electronic music can be done live, it’s just done differently to traditional music. But this takes me back to something I previously wrote about: is electronic music real music?
Also demonstrated here are the Roland AIRA line of instruments, which is also shown in the following video from a couple of years ago:
I know that’s going beyond the original title of this post and isn’t chiptune music, but I just wanted to give those other instruments a mention because they appeared in the original video. Anyway, I hope you found it interesting. If you have any questions or comments, why not post them in the comments section below.
All the best,
P.S. You might also be interested in the ST4 Hybrid Synthesizer/Tracker.