Roland AE-01 Aerophone Mini Digital Wind Instrument
Roland AE-01 Aerophone Mini Digital Wind Instrument
Here’s What Roland Say:
The Aerophone Mini is a fun and modern instrument and the perfect introduction for players looking to learn a wind instrument. Powered by either 4x rechargeable AA batteries or USB and weighing only 500 grams, it is a truly portable instrument that can travel with you anywhere. With a simple fingering layout and an easy to control breath sensor, the Aerophone Mini is very intuitive, making it straight forward to learn, meaning you’ll be able to tackle your favourite melodies in no time. The Aerophone Mini has a built-in speaker for personal practice, or you can choose to connect headphones to play to yourself or even plug into an external speaker to give a performance. When it comes to sound the Aerophone Mini comes with 6 great tones built in: Saxophone, Flute, Violin, Clarinet, Trumpet and Synthesizer to cover a wide range of styles, or you can choose to connect to the Aerophone Mini Plus App via Bluetooth on your smart device to access a further 50 tones. The Aerophone Mini is a perfect starter instrument looking to learn. If you are looking for a more advanced digital wind instrument, make sure to check out the rest of the Roland Aerophone range. The Roland AE-01 Aerophone Mini comes with a 3-year warranty registering your product with Roland Backstage."
Overview By GAK
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a musical instrument, but you’ve been put off by the thought of a complicated device or disturbing the neighbours or even the space to store it, then the Aerophone Mini could be the perfect place for you to start.
In a lightweight yet sturdy and compact design, the Aerophone Mini is a perfectly portable instrument that you can play anywhere or any time. Featuring the same key layout as a recorder, its nice and easy to learn, and with the simple breath sensor, there are no complicated breathing techniques required in order to play a sound.
Speaking of sound the Aerophone Mini comes with 6 great sounds inside covering classic wind instruments, strings and even a modern synthesizer. But what’s more, is that you can connect to the Aerophone Mini Plus App on your smart device over Bluetooth and access 50 additional tones covering an even wider range of styles, so you’ll find a sound for every occasion.
When you’re learning it can be a bit daunting if you can’t practice in private or need to play late at night. Well, there’s no need to worry about disturbing others with the Aerophone Mini. It has a built-in speaker for personal practice which you can control the volume of, or you can simply connect a set of headphones and play to yourself for hours on end. When you’re ready to give a performance simply connect your Aerophone Mini to an external speaker from the 3.5mm jack output.
The Aerophone mini can either be powered by 4x AA rechargeable batteries, or by USB by connecting to a USB power supply.
If you are a more experience player than beginner standard and are looking for more expression with a wider range of sounds, check out the Aerophone GO.
Overview By Roland
The Fastest Instrument to Learn
If you’ve always wanted to play a musical instrument, Aerophone mini is the fastest way to realise your dream. This fun modern wind instrument is super-easy to learn, so you’ll be playing along with your favourite songs in no time. The fingering is simple to understand, and there are no complicated chords to learn like piano, guitar, or ukulele. Six great onboard sounds let you explore a variety of music styles, while the compact design travels anywhere you go.
With Aerophone mini’s Bluetooth connectivity and free companion app, you can jumpstart your music experience and progress even faster. The app includes over 50 additional sounds, plus a variety of easy-to-follow lessons to get you started. It’s also possible to stream songs from your mobile device and jam along! And by plugging in headphones, you can get lost in your new musical world without disturbing anyone.
A World of Inspiring Sounds
Aerophone mini offers a diverse range of instrument types to enjoy with your favourite music. Saxophone, flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet, and synthesizer sounds are built-in, providing a variety of traditional and modern tones to explore. And by connecting to the Aerophone mini Plus app via Bluetooth, you have instant access to over 50 more. Sounds are organised by type in the app, making it a breeze to find new tones and get inspired.
Simple Fingering for Fast Learning
The recorder is a popular wind instrument for introducing young children to playing music—maybe you even played one in school. Aerophone mini’s fingering is based on the recorder, allowing you to start making musical sounds in minutes. And with the companion app, you can instantly transpose the digital sound engine to any musical key. This means you only have to learn one fingering to play nearly any song!
Easy Breath Control
For good pitch and tone, acoustic wind instruments require focused breath control techniques that can take a long time to master. But Aerophone mini sounds great immediately, thanks to its digital sound engine and expressive breath sensor. Just learn the simple fingering, blow into the mouthpiece, and away you go!
Start Playing Right Away
The Aerophone mini Plus app lets you hit the ground running with 11 practice songs and easy-to-follow lessons. The app visually displays fingerings for each note, so there’s no need to fuss with complicated music notation. And with adjustable tempo, you’re able to start out slow and build up speed as you feel more confident. You can also stream songs from your music library with the app, and it’s even possible to turn down the vocal for karaoke-style playing and singing.
Practice Anytime with Headphones
With Aerophone mini, it’s easy to enjoy playing music without bothering housemates and neighbours. Just plug in headphones to mute the built-in speaker, and then play freely to hone your skills without worrying about noise. Music streamed from the app plays through the headphones as well, giving you an immersive play-along experience.
Personalise Aerophone mini for Your Style
The Aerophone mini Plus app offers a number of ways to personalise the instrument as you become more familiar with it. For example, you can easily customise the playing response by adjusting the breath sensitivity. Higher settings let you play with very light breath pressure, perfect for when you’re just starting out. You also have the ability to create your own unique fingerings, which you can store in 10 layouts for later recall.
Play and Record Instruments in Music Apps
Many popular music production apps include software instruments that can be played and recorded via MIDI. Aerophone mini includes wireless MIDI support over Bluetooth, allowing you to take the next step and start composing your own music when you’re ready.
- Compact digital wind instrument that’s easy to learn and fun to play
- Six high-quality onboard sounds include saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, and more
- Access over 50 additional sounds with the free Aerophone mini Plus app for iOS and Android
- Learn quickly with simple fingering based on a traditional recorder
- Get up to speed with 11 easy-to-follow tutorial songs in the Aerophone mini Plus app
- Play anywhere with the onboard speaker and battery power
- Plug in headphones and enjoy playing without disturbing others
- Light and easy to carry (500 g/1 lb. 2 oz.)
- Jam along with favourite songs on your smartphone via Bluetooth
- Wirelessly play software instruments with Bluetooth MIDI
- - Key Layout Recorder type
- - Sound Generator PCM synthesizer
- - Tones 6
- - Effect Reverb
- - Controllers Breath sensor Performance keys Octave keys Function button
- -Bluetooth Ver 4.2
- Profile Support: A2DP (Audio), GATT (MIDI over Bluetooth Low Energy) Codec: SBC (Support to the content protection of the SCMS-T method)
- - Connectors
- PHONES/OUTPUT jack: stereo mini phone type
- USB COMPUTER port (micro B Type, support Power supply)
- - Internal Speaker 2.8 cm, 1.5 W
- - Power Supply
- USB AC adaptor (sold separately)
- Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) (sold separately) x 4
- - Current Draw 400 mA
- - Battery life for continuous use (differs depending on the conditions of use)
- Ni-MH batteries: approximately 10 hours (When using batteries having a capacity of 1,900 mAh.)
- * Carbon-zinc or alkaline batteries cannot be used
- - Dimensions
- 43 (W) x 76 (D) x 444 (H) mm
- 1-3/4 (W) x 3 (D) x 17-1/2 (H) inches
- <EXP CNR>
- 43 (W) x 81 (D) x 451 (H) mm
- 1-3/4 (W) x 3-3/16 (D) x 17-13/16 (H) inches
- - Weight (including batteries) <EXP>
- 500 g, 1 lb 2 oz
- <EXP CNR> 503 g, 1 lb 2 oz
- - Accessories <Exp>
- Owner's manual Mouthpiece cap Neck strap
- USB cable (Power (Type A))
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- Owner's manual
- Neck strap
- USB cable (Power (Type A))
- - Options (sold separately)
- Replacement Mouthpiece:OP-AE01MP, OP-AE05MPH
I haven't had it long enough to write a thorough review. However, it would've been great if there was a spare sound bank or two which would allow you, via their app, to add a preferred sound/tone to the instrument. Playing different sounds via the app using Bluetooth works but is laggy as hell, which would make it very difficult indeed to use as a gigging instrument. I don't know why the mouthpiece had to be like a reed when the instrument plays just by blowing into it. I have caught my lip on the imitation reed a few times - which wasn't pleasant. I would have preferred the mouth piece being similar to that of a penny whistle or recorder. I'll probably get to grips with it more after about a week. The instrument doesn't come with any case - which is a bit of a bummer. Even a cheap plastic zip bag with a strap would've been appreciated.