Roland has announced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers.

Roland SBX-1 Sync Box

Equipped with USB-MIDI, standard MIDI, and DIN sync ports, the compact SBX‑1 provides a convenient way for music creators to use modern production tools and legacy analog devices together at one time. Going far beyond simple synchronization, the SBX-1 also provides hands-on control of timing and groove, and includes CV/Gate outputs for triggering old-school instruments such as the SH-101, TB-303, and TR-808.

With support for a vast array of past and present devices, the SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments from different eras seamlessly communicate and synchronize with each other. Users can easily add analog and modular synthesizers to a computer-based production environment, or design totally new and innovative live-performance setups combining Roland AIRA gear like the TR-8, TB-3, and SYSTEM-1 with vintage rhythm boxes and synths.

SBX‑1 features

  • Simultaneous conversion between MIDI, DIN SYNC, and USB/MIDI.
  • Control external devices with SBX-1 as the master sync source.
  • Shuffle adds swing to patterns generated on devices without swing, such as TR-808 and TB-303.
  • CV/GATE jacks introduce enormous creative possibilities.
  • SYNC button corrects timing errors with a single press.
  • Output up to three channels of triggers or LFOs with different characteristics.
  • DIN SYNC supports both Sync24 and Sync48 compatible with a variety of rhythm machines.
  • Works great with the TR-8 through optimized AUX jack.
  • Runs on USB bus power or with AC adapter.

More information: Roland / SBX-1 Sync Box