Factory refurbished (full warranty)
Direct from Roland; may be slight imperfections.
Ships in original box with all factory accessories.
Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play. The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.
CAPTURING THE ORIGINAL Meticulously crafted from a pristine TB-303 unit, original spec sheets, and archival dataRoland’s ACB technology models each component and every aspect of the original TB-303 soundFaithful recreation of the original saw and square oscillator waveformsAttack, slide, tie, and other elements that characterize the TB-303 have been fully reproduced, including how they interact with each otherAuthentic filter behavior with smooth response and classic sound TB EVOLVED Pressure-sensitive touch pad134 captivating sounds, including the original TB-303 tones and new four-oscillator, effects-processed basses, leads, and sound effectsDedicated Tempo control with shuffle and tap tempo functionsControl built-in effects with smooth, responsive knobs7-segment, 3-character LED displaySeamless switching between pattern creation and performance16-step indicator lights to aid in pattern creationPattern support for up to 32 stepsEasy access to shuffle control for bass lines that grooveEnter steps manually or record in real time on the touch padChange step count during playback to alter the length of phrasesRandom pattern generation and pattern modificationPattern copy function
Nobody could have anticipated what would happen to the world of dance music when inventive musicians on both sides of the Atlantic embraced Roland’s now-legendary TB-303. Since the 1980s, it’s been a staple of electronic music—it is the defining sound of acid house, and has since been the marquee instrument on an array of groundbreaking electronic dance tracks. It’s not only been used to write songs, it’s had songs written about it. In fact, the release of the original TB-303 has been heralded as one of the key events in the history of dance music. Not bad for a little silver box.
Launched in 1981, the TB-303 continues to be an indispensable bass synth for dance music. In developing the TB-3, we’ve meticulously analyzed the circuitry of the original TB-303 piece by piece, right down to the individual circuit behavior. Using Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, we’ve fully reproduced the TB-303’s sawtooth and square wave oscillators, as well as the -18dB per octave ladder low-pass filter used in the original, capturing that unmistakable cutoff and resonance character.
In addition to the faithful reproduction of classic TB tones, the TB-3 is packed with new sounds that live and breathe. Bubbling synth basses, hard distortion basses, trippy delay sounds, and drippy effects—they’re all here, and then some.
A TB-303 bass part not only sounds unique—it has its own trademark feel as well. The TB pulses. It drives. It bubbles and it percolates. That’s why we’ve worked so hard to faithfully reproduce the accent, slide, and step sequencer behavior of the original unit. But our vision went beyond simple reproduction. The truth is, the step entry on the original TB-303 was difficult to use, the keyboard was difficult to play, and special maneuvers were required for the shuffle functions. So we experimented with a variety of prototypes in our quest to create the optimal TB interface.
The new TB-3 is equipped with a brightly lit, pressure-sensitive touch pad that 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 a breeze to play.
Envelope modulation and decay can be controlled with a single fingerSwitch patterns, transpose, and chain patterns with finger gesturesInternally partitioned at keyboard intervals so it’s easy and natural to play in real timeXY Play—X for continuous pitch change, Y for volume, and pad pressure for modulation STEP SEQUENCER
The TB-3’s evolved step sequencer is a snap to use and allows seamless switching between pattern creation and performance. Of course, an attractive aspect of the original TB-303 was how it would sometimes generate unintended sounds as the user maneuvered through its complex and cryptic pattern-creation operation. In order to inject that element of chance and discovery, the TB-3 includes automatic pattern generation and random pattern modification functions.
The TB-3’s Scatter function features slicing, reverse, gating, and other effects, allowing you to instantly create variations, stutters, and glitches that would normally require painstaking editing in a DAW. Complex, per-step functions are triggered easily with the touch pad and a single finger. You can keep things fresh and interesting with 8 different Scatter variations and 10 levels of Scatter depth—all controllable in real time and in perfect sync.
A FEW MORE THINGS
The TB-3 looks great, and is designed to work seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series. In addition, you can connect the TB-3 to your computer via USB to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information for syncing with external devices and other AIRA units.
TB-3 VERSION 1.1 NEW FEATURES BACKUP AND RESTORE Manage your pattern library with easy backup and restore over USB. IMPROVED PLAYABILITY Tuning — Control both pattern tune (-700 to 700 cents) and master tune (430-450).Pattern Tone — Assign a specific tone to a pattern so sound will change automatically when pattern is selected.One-touch Transpose — Transpose a pattern during performance by simply pressing a note on the touchpad’s keyboard. No need to hold “Keyboard”button.User Bank — Organize your favorite patterns for quick access in live performance with a custom user bank. IMPROVED EDITING Pattern Lock — Lock the contents of a pattern so you can experiment without losing your original groove.Pattern Pitch Shift — Quickly change the root note of a pattern by shifting its pitch.Extended Note Range — The sequencer now supports notes from C0-C6 for added flexibility and dramatic slides.Extended Transpose Range IMPROVED MIDI Modes — Local On/Off and MIDI Controller modes determine how MIDI data is sent and received.External Record — Record patterns in real-time from external MIDI devices.Slide and Accent — Implementation of both slide and accent pattern by MIDI control change.Scatter — Scatter On/Off, Type and Depth can be controlled via MIDI control change.MIDI Off — Disable sending of all MIDI messages.Extended Range — Note range has been extended from C0-C8 when controlled by external MIDI device.
Model:AIRA TB-3 touch bassline synthesizer (Factory Refurb/Full Warranty)