Roland Aerophone AE-10

Digital wind instrument with saxophone fingering system and internal digital sounds

  • Numerous saxophone model sounds
  • Fingering like that of an acoustic saxophone
  • Mouthpiece with breath- and bite sensor allows for a wide range of techniques such as vibrato and pitch
  • Roland's SuperNATURAL modelling technology allows for fine sound nuances and a dynamic and articulated play
  • Faithfully recreated saxophone model sounds, incl. soprano, alto, tenor and baritone, all of which can be switched between easily
  • Includes additional instrument sounds, such as wind instruments (clarinet, flute and trumpet) and violin
  • Contains Roland's latest synthesizer sounds, specially tailored for wind instrument performance
  • Intuitive operation thanks to sound selection and setting changes via the display
  • Flexible use thanks to internal speakers
  • Battery powered (6x AA) with a running time of 7 hours in continuous use
  • Headphone operation allows you the option to play without disturbing those around you
  • USB port for connecting to a computer
  • Audio input to connect a smartphone or music player for playing accompaniment songs
  • Incl. power supply
  • Corresponding stand: Article Nr 404693 (not included)

Further information

Bass Pedal No
Breath Controller Yes
MIDI Controller Yes
Filter No
Effects No
Sequencer No
Product Specific Expansion No
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Ideal travel companion for saxophone players

PatrickJam, 12.10.2017
I'm not new to electronic wind instruments. I have an Akai EWI USB & EWI 5000 as well as Yamaha VL70m synth with a Patchman Turbo chip. So quite well equipped. I nevertheless was attracted to the AE-10 for multiple reasons: The fingering is basically identical to a saxophone, Roland sounds are generally top notch and it has some cool features allowing to play along with backing tracks with e.g. an iPad.

The sounds generally don't disappoint though obviously my Selmer saxes still sound a lot better. But they are way better than the Akai EWI's, even using the Patchman chip on the VL70m. Just use a decent speaker or headphones (The built in speaker do not sound ... very good).

The keys still needs to get some time to get used to. The AE-10 has buttons and it plays not nearly as smoothly as with the keys on a proper sax. They are at times a bit clunky. And it seems a lot less forgiving to sticking fingers or "alternative" fingering (somehow the EWI's are a lot less demanding when it comes to precise fingering - so there is margin to improve also for the AE-10). I started playing flute and still (after 30 years) have the bad habit to press the D# key on my sax just about all the time. A no-no on the AE-10 so it seems. So I may need to reconfigure some keys (but only 10 alternative fingering allowed at present). Or maybe it will make me play with a bit more discipline. Perhaps not bad. Time will tell.

For me a real attraction of this instrument is that it is light and easy to carry around, also on a business trip. You can play just about anywhere without bothering anyone. And with the addition of a little Bluetooth receiver I can hook up my iPad an play completely wireless with my backing tracks. Great fun and good practice.

As a conclusion the AE-10 is great fun to play, even if no replacement for the real thing. It's not perfect. Let's hope the concept catches on and motivates Roland to develop an even better version. I might be the first one to buy it.

PS.: The mouthpiece seems quite fragile and wears out quite fast. My teeth marks are already quite visible after several weeks of rather intense playing. And the reed seems really fragile too. So ordering a replacement mouthpiece is certainly something to consider.
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Exceptional to an amateur with jo.

21.03.2017
Not only is a "standard" instrumentalist valued at the depth of the AE-10 Aerophone. Soo musico professional però de l'area teòrica (classes, conferències, producció ...) però sóc flautista (travessera i de bec) and the feeling that is the absolute comoditat in l'ús de l'Aerophone. You have to be playing an immense flute of course and you are an electronic player since in natural surt tot molt
L'estic fent serve molt in demostracions escolars i, sobretot, in quedo sol a les nits tocant. To my 60 anys estic fent scales with stig nes beginnings of nou.
I know positively that I did not read the income that the professionals worked for. I have the gift of the last ones. Estic enchtat i, fins i tot, of my bon humor ... m'ho ha dit meva dona!

I'm not a "standard" instrumentist to really give a deep evaluation of the AE-10 Aerophone. I'm a music professional but devoted to classes, talks, production. I'm a flutist and recorder player and the sensations I have absolute easiness in playing the Aerophone. It is like playing a huge recorder and I completely forget it's an electronic device because it all comes out so natural.
I'm using it a lot in scholar presentations and, overall, I stay awake at nigh playing on my own. I just turned 60 and I feel like a beginner doing scales up and down.
I positively know that I will not be able to get all of it to give me but, believe me, it has been the greatest present of the recent years. I'm enchanted with it and I feel like having a better mood ... my wife says so!
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