Roland AE-05 Aerophone Go Digital Wind Instrument Overview
Here’s What Roland Say:
The Aerophone GO is fantastic introduction to the world of wind synths for a saxophone players. It features the same key layout as an alto saxophone and includes both breath and bite sensors so you can play with the same technique and expression. The Aerophone GO comes with 11 great sounds built in covering a wide variety of tones including 4 sax variations, flute, clarinet and violin. If you connect to the dedicated Aerophone Go Plus App via Bluetooth on your smart device you can gain access a further 50 tones covering all kinds of musical genres. You can even use the Aerophone GO Ensemble App to play along with 6 friends. The Aerophone GO is designed to be compact and portable. It comes complete with a carry case and can be powered by either 4x rechargeable AA batteries or USB, making it a perfect practice instrument on the move. The Aerophone Go has a built-in speaker when your practicing at home, or you can choose to connect headphones if you want play without disturbing anyone. If you want to give a performance plug the Aerophone Go into an external speaker. The Aerophone Go is part of our Aerophone range, and no matter what your skill level or sound desires, there is an instrument to suit you.
The Roland AE-05 Aerophone GO comes with a 3-year warranty registering your product with Roland Backstage."
Overview By GAK
Roland’s latest ‘Digital Wind Instrument’ the AE-05 Aerophone GO is a triumph of technology. A lightweight, highly portable and groundbreakingly intuitive machine fitted with a traditional acoustic saxophone key layout, breath control, growl effect and lip vibrato.
The Aerophone GO is the must-have digital instrument for anyone wanting to start playing wind instruments, it features 11 diverse onboard wind instrument sounds including alto, tenor, soprano and baritone sax, as well as flute, trumpet, clarinet and even synth tones and percussion. Download of the completely free Aerophone GO Plus app allows you to download and access an additional 50 tones plus gives you full customisation of your onboard settings for maximum control. The Aerophone GO’s Transpose function allows you to easily transpose between what you are reading, playing and hearing when performing with others. For the fully authentic wind instrument feel, the Aerophone GO is compatible with traditional sax and recorder fingering, the mouthpiece features a highly sensitive mounted breath and bite sensor that supports techniques such as pitch and vibrato, making it perfect for beginners who wish to learn correct wind playing techniques or seasoned performers looking for a real feel and familiar response.
The Aerophone GO can be carried and played anywhere, weighing just 695 grams and powered by four rechargeable NI-MH (AA) batteries, the GO can be played anywhere any time. Built-in high-quality speakers provide crystal clear sound for performance or practise without the need for external speakers and complicated connections. Additionally, utilise the GO’s headphone port for silent practice at any time of the day or night. Additionally, the Aerophone GO comes with a protective soft case so you can carry it anywhere with you and keep it protected from the elements.
Aerophone GO Plus is a free-to-download app developed by Roland specifically for the Aerophone GO, it allows you to download and play an additional 50 tones and adjust various performance settings such as breath control sensitivity, fingering type and more. Additionally, the GO Plus app allows you play along to your favourite songs wirelessly via Bluetooth, with additional track control such as slowing the tempo and looping specific sections of the track for learning and practise purposes.
The Aerophone GO Ensemble app allows you to play alongside up to seven Aerophone GO players wirelessly. Once each member is connected to the app, chose up to 19 sounds and play independently, the entire mix can be controlled within one smartphone and allows connection to a monitor speaker for group street performances and practise. Both apps are available on both iOS and Android devices.
Overview By Roland
Explore the Inspirational World of Wind Instruments
Wind instruments can impart powerful emotions upon music, especially within the genres of classical, pop, rock, and jazz. The sound of the saxophone, for example, has captivated music lovers of all ages, and many people would love to play one – although it’s not always easy. For instance, there are many types of wind instrument so choosing one can be tough, especially when you like several of them. Noise levels make it difficult to practice at home, particularly at night. And staying motivated is hard when your practice time is limited or you can’t find a place to play. Roland’s Aerophone GO is a digital wind instrument that solves all these problems. First, there are 11 expressive instruments on board including a variety of sax sounds. You can play them anywhere, thanks to battery operation and a built-in speaker. And you can practice whenever you like, by connecting a set of headphones. Wirelessly connect your smartphone and you can access extra sounds, play along with your favourite songs or start an ensemble performance with up to six friends. If you’ve always wanted to play the saxophone (or flute, clarinet, and many more) Aerophone GO gives you everything you need to start…and keep ongoing.
Find an Inspiring Sound, Think Of Your Favorite Tune, and Start Playing
With 11 wind instrument sounds onboard – including soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax – Aerophone GO lets you explore a multitude of musical genres. But even if sax is your preferred instrument, playing the violin, clarinet, or even synth lead is great fun and hugely inspiring. Downloading the free Aerophone GO Plus app invites you to explore even further, adding 50 additional sounds and letting you customize the onboard settings to suit your personal style.
Play Anytime, Anywhere
Aerophone GO is highly portable, with four rechargeable NI-MH (AA) batteries that let you play anywhere. The built-in speaker delivers high-quality sound wherever you want to play, without needing external speakers and connections. And using headphones means you can play any time of the day or night without disturbing family or neighbours; just choose a sound, set the volume and start playing. Weighing 1 lb. 9 oz./695 g, Aerophone Go is a great travel partner too – and comes with a soft case for your musical adventures.
Smartphone Apps Make It Quicker To Learn Your Favorite Song
As a standalone instrument, Aerophone GO offers inspiring sounds, portability and the option of playing with headphones. And when you use _Bluetooth_® to wirelessly connect with your smartphone, things become even more exciting. Aerophone GO Plus is a free app that lets you play along with favourite songs from your smartphone, offering several ways to learn specific songs including slowing the tempo of the playback song, or looping a section of the song so you can study it in detail. Using the app gives access to an additional 50 sounds, covering an even wider range of musical genres and you can even adjust various performance settings including the sensitivity of breath control and the bite sensor, as well as the customization of fingering type.
*Available for iOS and Android devices
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The Aerophone GO Ensemble app lets up to seven Aerophone GO players perform together wirelessly. Once connected to this free app, each group member can access 19 sounds on the smartphone, and each musician can choose a different sound. The sound from the group is mixed in the smartphone, and by connecting a small monitor speaker (such as the battery-powered Roland Cube Street EX) everyone can hear and react to the resulting ensemble – perfect for street performances, jam sessions or classroom learning.
*Available for iOS and Android devices
*11 onboard sounds on the Aerophone GO are not available when you use this app
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Supports Traditional Sax Fingering and Authentic Breath Control
Aerophone GO is a great choice for anyone learning a wind instrument, but it’s also compatible with traditional sax and recorder fingering, so experienced players can use familiar playing techniques. A sensitive mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor also functions as a bite sensor, supporting expressive techniques like vibrato and pitch. Beginners can enjoy playing the onboard sounds right away, while more experienced performers will appreciate that they can play Aerophone GO without having to learn a new fingering system or adapt their existing technique.
Get To Grips with Note Transposition
If you want to play the saxophone, an understanding of transposition is essential. The sax is a transposing instrument, which means that the key in which you play sounds different from what’s written on the music score. For example, if a guitarist, pianist and a saxophonist are jamming in the key of C, the sax will be playing the key of A for alto sax or D for tenor sax. The Aerophone GO’s Transpose function makes it easier to transpose between what you’re reading, what you’re playing and what you’re hearing.
Please note that for hygiene reasons, there is a £40 fee to replace the mouthpiece if the item is returned.
- Key Layout
- - Saxophone compatible
- Sound Generator
- - PCM synthesizer
- - 11
- - Reverb
- - Breath sensor
- - Bite sensor
- - Performance keys
- - Octave keys
- - Thumb button
- - Tone knob
- - Transpose knob
- - Volume knob
- 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, supports USB MIDI/Power supply)Internal Speakers
- - 2.8 cm x 1
- - 1.5 W x 1
- Power Supply
- - USB AC adaptor (sold separately)
- - Rechargeable 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)
- - Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries: approximately 10 hours (When using batteries having a capacity of 1,900 mAh.)
- - Owner's manual
- - Mouthpiece cap
- - Neck strap
- - Dedicated hand carry bag
- - Band
- - USB cable (Power (Type A), Data (micro B), Data (Type C)
- - 128mm
- - 5-1/16 inches
- - 78 mm
- - 3-1/8 inches
- - 454 mm
- - 17-7/8 inches
- Weight (including batteries)
- - 695 g
- - 1 lb 54 oz
- 11 onboard tones including four sax variations, flute, clarinet, violin, plus 50 sounds available through the Aerophone GO Plus app for iOS or Android devices
- Headphones let you play anytime without disturbing other people
- Play anywhere with battery operation and onboard speakers
- Easy to carry, weighing just 1 lb. 9 oz./695 g – comes with dedicated soft case
- Play along with favorite songs on your smartphone, using _Bluetooth_® audio
- Play with up to six friends using Aerophone GO Ensemble smartphone app for iOS or Android devices
- Compatible with traditional sax fingering; instantly transposable to any key with no fingering stress
- Mouthpiece features sensitive breath sensor with reed structure for authentic playing feel and control over techniques like vibrato and pitch
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