Roland Aira Weekend

Course Details

Date Saturday 01 July 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July 2017, 10am - 5pm each day
Tutor Connor Small
Fee £165.00
Age 16+

The Course

Places are limited to eight on this course so early booking is strongly advised.

Leeds College of Music is one of only three Roland AIRA Academies in Europe. Roland released the AIRA range to critical success, making it one of the most acclaimed electronic instruments of recent years. These products are updated versions of classic Roland synths and drum machines such as the TB303, TR808, TR909 and SH101 analogue instruments.

Our Roland AIRA Weekend covers the AIRA range of electronic instruments and teaches you how to use these innovative products along with a Digital Audio Workstation to add hands-on control to your music making.

Based in one of our state-of-the-art studios, you will learn how to use the hardware and how to synchronise the instruments with a DAW such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live. This course is not DAW specific, but will demonstrate how the AIRA range can be used in conjunction with software and will focus on how to use the hardware successfully.

Day One:

  • Introduction to AIRA range
  • History of the original instruments

The Roland TR-8

  • Overview of the TR808 and TR909
  • Instrument parameters
  • TR8 - adding sounds
  • Programming the instrument
  • Adjusting instrument parameters such as Velocity/Attack etc.
  • Pan functions
  • Adding Effects
  • Recording sounds/MIDI into a DAW
  • Working with recordings inside the DAW
  • Mixing

The Roland TB-30Th

  • Overview of TB303
  • Overview of TB-3 parameters
  • Loading presets
  • Programming personal sequence on the step sequencer
  • Adding Effects
  • Syncing TB-3 to TR-8
  • Recording sounds/MIDI into a DAW
  • Working with recordings inside the DAW
  • Mixing

Day Two

  • Introduction to day two content
  • History of the original instruments and effects


  • Overview of SH101
  • Overview of System-1 parameters
  • Writing melody with System-1
  • Syncing to TB-3 & TR-8
  • Recording sounds/MIDI into a DAW
  • Working with recordings inside the DAW


  • Connecting a microphone
  • Overview of VT-3 parameters
  • Recording vocals into a DAW
  • Editing recordings in the DAW
  • Syncing to other AIRA products in the studio

Finally, the last section of the course will concentrate on how to use the AIRA range for live performance, which will be recorded in the studio.


Connor Small is an experienced educator and music industry professional. He has releases on labels
such as 22 Digit Recordings and Zeros & Ones to his name. Through this he began working with Leeds based record label, Baker Street Recordings, firstly as an in-house engineer, which involved mixing and mastering releases, then moving onto an A&R role that saw him work with high profile dance music artists from across Europe. Connor has taught for LCoM since 2008 across our Further Education and Saturday Music School provision, teaching everything from Sound Recording to Ableton Live.

Accommodation options

If you need to stay in Leeds overnight, we can recommend Jurys Inn , which is a 10 minute walk from Leeds College of Music. Other accommodation options can be found at

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Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.





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