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Roland AE-10 Aerophone Digital Wind Instrument

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The Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a trailblazing digital wind instrument that fuses traditional sax fingering with the flexible onboard tones you need to...Click To Read More About This Product

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Digital wind instrument with traditional fingering and flexible onboard sounds.

The Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a trailblazing digital wind instrument that fuses traditional sax fingering with the flexible onboard tones you need to address a broader set of performance parameters. Seasoned players will feel instantly at home with the familiar saxophone fingering system, responsive SuperNATURAL sounds, and a breath sensor that reacts like an acoustic horn.

The large sound selection recreates saxophone models from soprano to baritone, plus wind instruments like clarinet and trumpet, string instruments, and even synths. With built-in speakers, battery power capability, and DAW connectivity, the Roland Aerophone AE-10 is the versatile, play-anywhere choice that supports you in every musical scenario.

The Roland Aerophone AE-10 has a sensitive mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor that also functions as a bite sensor, allowing expressive techniques like vibrato and pitch. Whatever scenario you’re playing in, the Roland Aerophone AE-10 has the onboard digital sax sounds you need. Choose from alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone sax types that all respond just like their acoustic counterparts to your playing dynamics and articulation, thanks to Roland’s advanced SuperNATURAL modeling technology. Alongside individual sounds, you can pull off a seamless performance with the Full Range feature, switching between sax types by key range.

A Variety of Realistic Acoustic Instruments and Synths
AE-10 gives you a variety of additional acoustic instrument sounds like clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, violin, and more, all powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology to faithfully match the behavior of the originals. Even ethnic instruments like shakuhachi and erhu are on hand, offering authentic pitch and tonal fluctuations that echo their acoustic counterparts. Once you’ve tried the individual sounds, you can create one-man ensembles by layering multiple wind instrument sounds with the Brass Section setting. The AE-10 is also packed with a selection of the latest synth sounds that are specially tailored for wind instrument performance with fully optimized breath control.

Onboard Speakers, Battery Power, and Headphones
Six AA batteries provide mobile power, and onboard monitor speakers deliver comfortable sound for intimate performing situations. You also have the ability to directly connect to a PA or amp for broader coverage, eliminating the need to use a mic. Playing sessions are even more fun when you connect to your smartphone via the Aerophone AE-10’s stereo mini jack and jam along with favorite songs.

Breath Control Brings Unique Expressive Possibilities to Your Music Productions
While the Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a powerful standalone instrument, it also lets you get creative with external gear. You can connect to your computer via USB to play soft synths and external MIDI sound modules through your DAW, with breath control providing a world of unique expression not possible with keyboard synthesizers.

FEATURES
  • Digital wind instrument with flexible onboard sounds
  • Fingering compatible with an acoustic saxophone
  • Sensitive breath sensor with reed structure 
  • Roland’s proprietary SuperNATURAL sound technology 
  • Realistic and expressive saxophone sounds 
  • Wide variety of additional acoustic sounds 
  • Roland’s latest synth sounds on board, optimized for breath control
  • Easy operation with display for selecting sounds and settings
  • Onboard monitor speakers and headphones output 
  • Battery operation (6 x AA) for up to seven hours of continuous play
  • Easy connection to computer DAW via USB
  • Input for connecting a smartphone or music player 

Extraordinary development in electronic wind instruments.

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RolandAE-10 Aerophone Digital Wind Instrument
 
3.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Needs work

By Lance

from Ocala Fl

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Roland AE-10 Aerophone Digital Wind Instrument:

I did not like most of the onboard sounds. I did not like the little screen. The worst thing was the loud clacking noise when you push down the keys. If you are playing a quiet piece the clacking really stands out. Roland should have made the keys soundless. This was a deal breaker for me. Made the whole instrument sound and feel cheep. I do see they have come out with an update for other instrument fingerings and a phone app for editing sounds and the ability to set up performance sets so you can change instruments quickly. In loud band setting the keys might not be a problem. Hope they fix this. Also a silver or black model would be great. Did not like the white.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Think I Got a Lemon!

By Drkfgns

from Maryland, USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Not Dependable

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Roland AE-10 Aerophone Digital Wind Instrument:

I am disappointed that my Aerophone is playing the wrong notes intermittently. It also plays notes when I am not touching the instrument. I returned it to Roland to have it repaired. They returned it to me saying it only needed a breath adjustment. Not true. It is still playing incorrect notes! The low C key often plays the sound of a low A and goes back and forth even when I sustain the sound. I hope they do the right thing and replace it with a new horn!!!!

 
5.0

Should've gotten it sooner

By JT

from Honolulu, Hawaii

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Realistic and usable tones

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • home recording
    • Practicing

    Comments about Roland AE-10 Aerophone Digital Wind Instrument:

    This isn't my first electronic wind instrument.
    I procrastinated and was torn between the Akai EWI and Roland AE-10.

    I chose the Akai EWI because it was cheaper. I reviewed videos prior to ordering, and was convinced that there was virtually no difference between the two.

    Boy, was I wrong!

    The tone bank of the Akai EWI was aweful.
    Basically, it was a flutophone on steroids.
    The keys rely on static electricity, so there were days that it was non-functional.
    It traumatized me, and I shied away from electronic winds until my band decided to do a bunch of covers that featured saxes, flutes and horns.
    I was trying to cover them using a keyboard and synth guitar, but while they could imitate the sound, it didn't capture the nuances.

    I made up my mind and ordered the AE-10.
    I kicked myself in the head as soon as I blew the first note.

    IT SOUNDED GOOD!!!

    I should've known. Since the 90's, the folks at Roland have been developing patches of realistic-sounding saxophone tones and incorporated them into their keyboards.
    That tone, now combined with breath control and embouchure recreates a very believable sax sound! I read the reviews on how the keys make a loud clacking sound, but they're not much louder than the keys of a synthesizer. Besides, the instrument is going through the board and amplified so the only time you hear it is when you practice at home. Even that, I use headphones anyway so it bothers me absolutely none. As an added bonus, there's a stereo line-in to plug in a player so you can practice along with a recording. It has key transpose and adjustable master tuning. Reverb, echo and chorus effects. Bend parameters, vibrato control, etc.
    Hell, it even comes with a case, neck strap and power supply!

    All 'n all, the biggest regret I have is that I skimped a couple hundred and got the EWI first.
    Had I gotten the AE-10, I would've been set.
    Now I have a toy that I don't use laying around the house....

    Lesson learned.

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