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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gute Ergänzung zum Equipment
Puh_10, 10.10.2018
Hallo zusammen,
ich schreibe die Bewertungen fast gar nie, aber zu dem gerät möchte ich doch eine erfassen, mit der Hoffnung, dass sich manches doch verbessen lässt.
In vorweg, ich finde die Idee so ein Instrument mit dem Saxophon griffen zu bauen echt genial und allein deswegen würde ich das Instrument behalten. Die Vorteile sind offensichtlich: verschiedene Klänge, als midi Eingabegerät einsetzbar, ermöglicht Üben zu jeder Zeit!!!
Ich möchte aber viel mehr von Nachteilen schreiben vielleicht kann man einiges doch bei nachfolge Geräten berücksichtigen.
1. Ich erste Linie Mundstück und Blatt. Man kann leider vergessen mit dem mitgelieferten Mundstück und Blatt so Klang zu steuern, wie man das gewöhnlich am Saxophon macht. Auch Vibrato nicht.
2. Wie bereits in anderen Rezensionen erwähnt Oktav Knöpfe sind sehr schlecht zu bedienen und man verrutscht sehr leicht in tiefere Oktave. Außerdem Übergang von zweiter Oktave in Erste bei schnelleren Spielen auf Grund nicht durchgedachtes Oktavklappe sehr oft nicht sauber. Dieses Verrutschen hört man auch auf Demo Video zu dem Gerät?
Vielleicht die Möglichkeit die Oktavknöpfe wahlweise abzuschalten wäre nicht schlecht. Und Oktavknopf für Übergang von erste in Zweite Oktave könnte ruhig grösser sein, damit man diese leichter bedienen könnte.
3. Haken meiner Meinung nach nicht richtig platziert, Sodass Gewicht mit den eingesetzten Batterien schlecht verteilt wird, was zu dem starken Druck auf obere Zehne führt. Diese Gewicht Verteilung macht auch Bedienung von dem Joystick nicht leicht.
4. Joystick. Wie im Punkt 3 erwähnt, Bedienung ist nicht leicht. Bei schnelleren spielen ehe undenkbar. Da bei dem Joystick keine feste Anhalts punkte gibt verrutscht man ganz schnell zwischen Effekten. Vier knöpfe kreuzartig in dem Bereich wären vielleicht denkbar.
5. Klang Wechsel während des Spielens ist sehr umständlich. Sodass spielen in einem Lied mit den unterschiedlichen Klängen kompliziert ist und Umschaltung viel Zeit fordert.
6. Jetzt zu den Klängen, die sind gut aber nicht unbedingt für die Moderne Musik gedacht.
7. Und den Preis? wenn Roland erst mit dem ausgereiften Produkt das Geld verlangen würde, wäre, meine Meinung nach, gerechter.
Es gibt paar Sachen die ich wahrscheinlich vergessen haben aber das sind, mindestens für mich, die wichtigsten.
Das Gerät stellt gute Ergänzung zum Equipment eines Saxophonisten.
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Excepcional per a un amateur com jo.
21.03.2017
No sóc un instrumentista "standard" per a valorar amb profunditat l'Aerophone AE-10. Sóc músic professional però de l'àrea teòrica (classes, conferències, producció...) però sóc flautista (travessera i de bec) i la sensació que tinc és d'absoluta comoditat en l'ús de l'Aerophone. És com estar tocant una immensa flauta de bec i m'oblido que és un aparell electrònic ja que em surt tot molt natural
L'estic fent servir molt en demostracions escolars i, sobretot, em quedo sol a les nits tocant. Als meus 60 anys estic fent escales com si estigués començant de nou.
Sé positivament que no li trauré el rendiment que li trauran els professionals però per a mi ha estat el regalàs dels últims anys. Estic encantat i, fins i tot, de més bon humor... m'ho ha dit la meva dona!

I'm not a "standard" instrumentist to really give a deep evaluation of the Aerophone AE-10. I'm a music professional but devoted to classes, talks, production. I'm a flutist and recorder player and the sensations I have is of absolute easiness in playing the Aerophone. 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 won't be able to obtain all it can give to 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 humour... my wife says so!
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very cheap factoring
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, 13.10.2020
It seems to be at firs a good idea but the key are weak and not stable the entire stuff looks more like a toy than an instrument you can play on stage... can do better next time... Meaningwhile Yamaha and YDS 150
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