SubBass Academy has announced it has teamed up with Roland to launch the world’s first AIRA Academy.

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Taught using Roland’s acclaimed range of AIRA production and performance gear, students will progress through a 16-hour course covering essential production techniques including synthesis, beat creation, sequencing, arrangement and effects. The inaugural course – AIRA 101 – will be taught by Fabio Lendrum, the fast-rising DJ/Producer whose work has been championed by key music industry players including Pete Tong and MistaJam. Fabio’s busy DJ schedule has seen him play sets at Fabric, Matter and XOYO, along with radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM.

The AIRA range of music production equipment includes the TR-8, the reimagined versions of Roland’s classic TR-808/909 drum machines, the SYSTEM-1 which recreates some of Roland’s classic analogue synths that are still used by producers all over the world, the TB-3 which is a remake of the very famous 80’s acid house TB-303, and the VT-3 – the Vocal Transformer which is a descendant of the Roland BOSS VT-1. Launched last year, the AIRA family was an immediate hit with producers thanks to flexible, hands-on control and easy integration in DJ sets. The students will be learning on the same AIRA gear used by artists ranging from Todd Terry and DJ Pierre to SBTRKT, Eats Everything, Goldie and of course, the legendary Afrika Bambaataa.

SubBass Academy of Electronic Music is located in Westminster, London, and delivers a variety of DJ and music production courses for students of all levels. The SubBass roster of tutors are all active DJs and producers so they offer a unique perspective that only comes with the experience of working in the industry.

Roland’s education consultant, David Barnard, commented;
“Roland’s AIRA range is an exciting platform for developing the next generation of electronic music producers. I‘m delighted to welcome SubBass as the world’s first AIRA Academy and look forward to developing a range of courses that balance technical knowledge with musical know-how. The first course, AIRA 101, is designed and delivered by SubBass’s Fabio Lendrum and covers the essentials of electronic music production. Students will graduate with a deep understanding of how to build their own tracks from the ground up. Our aim is to unlock the creative process and give musicians the freedom and confidence to bring their ideas to life.”

Aira 101 course mid year schedules:

  • 23rd & 24th May.
  • 13th & 14th June.
  • 22nd & 23rd June.
  • More to be confirmed.

The course is available for purchase for £375 GBP.

More information: SubBass Academy / Roland Aira Academy