Like New Coke, but will have more success in the market…
Decades later, and missing features the original had. (Lack of individual outputs, ability to cut through the mix over older live sound-systems perfectly…)
Admittedly, this round is a lot better than the terrible “analog modeling” that Roland tried to shove down everybody’s throat in the 90s, when a used 303 would fetch as much as $10k. I’m sure this unit, like the new 09 Sounds pretty good, probably indistinguishable from the original if you’re just routing USB audio through your DAW, but doesn’t have the utility that the originals had for working with other gear. This is part of the reason (aside from fetishism and limited supply) that the originals still sell for thousands.
It always amused me that roland couldn’t find a way to actually manufacture the actual thing everyone wanted, and was paying top dollar for. Many smaller companies managed to do just that. There are some boutique manufacturers still doing this, and some entries into the Eurorack space that are actually delivering the functionality that made these special so special in the first place.
Roland Aria is a very interesting and capable piece of gear, but it is it’s own thing, not a substitute for either of the classic machines.
Any chance Roland is sponsoring BoingBoing content?