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Roland A-01 Is A MIDI / Analog Controller & An 8-Bit Mono Synth
Rounik Sethi on Tue, January 19th 0 comments
What do you get when you take some of the inspiration behind the Roland Boutique synths with a controller in mind? The A-01 hybrid MIDI / CV controller with an 8-bit synthesizer inside too.

If you only get a glance at the A-01 you’ll immediately see similarities between it and the excellent Roland Boutique line of synthesizers. It’s designed to be at home controlling software over MIDI, MIDI over Bluetooth, and CV/Gate for analog or modular synthesizers. 

The new Roland A-01 controller / synth hybrid

The new Roland A-01 controller / synth hybrid.

While it’s compatible with the K-25m mini-keyboard (yes, the one you’ve seen with the Roland Boutique series) it goes a step further than being a portable controller. The A-01 features what Roland calls, “a pocket synthesizer with an 8-bit CPU sound engine “developed by the engineer responsible for Roland classics including the JX-3P.” So there we have it. The A-01 is even more part of the Boutique family than you might have first realised.

Main Features

  • Ultra-compact controller and sound generator
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Dual assignable ribbon controls for pitch bend, modulation, sound preview, CC, and more
  • MIDI over Bluetooth®
  • CV/GATE outputs for legacy analog/modular synthesizers
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB bus-powered
  • 192x40 graphic LCD screen
  • Built-in 0.5 W mini-speaker for real-time sounds
  • Compatible with optional Roland K-25m mini-keyboard
  • Bundled package with K-25m keyboard dock (A-01K) is also available

Being battery powered and equipped with a built-in speaker should make this a favourite with ultra-mobile musicians. And the 192x40 LCD screen provides essential info including the shape of the waveform this mini treat of a synth/controller is generating.

Roland A-01 with the K-25m keyboard. You can adjust the tilt to suit.

Roland A-01 with the K-25m keyboard. You can adjust the tilt to suit.


We don't yet know how much A-01 is expected to retail for, or when it will be available, but you'll be sure to find out more details from retailer websites.


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