Roland AIRA SBX-1 Sync Box

Synchronizer/Converter and Master Clock for MIDI, DIN Sync, and USB, with CV/Gate Outputs
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Sync All Your Electronic Instruments

If your production studio includes a combination of software instruments, hardware synthesizers and drum machines, you need the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box to keep everything locked to the same clock. With simultaneous conversion between MIDI, USB MIDI, and DIN Sync you can connect all your gear and use any individual piece as the master clock for all of them, or even use the SBX-1 Sync Box as the master. With built-in CV/Gate outputs, LFOs, and other performance features, the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box makes it easy for all of your instruments to sing together with perfect timing.

Roland SBX-1 Sync Box at a Glance:
  • Your all-in-one MIDI, DIN Sync, USB MIDI, and CV/Gate converter
  • A powerful performance tool
  • A simple way to add analog synths to your digital rig
Your all-in-one MIDI, DIN Sync, and USB MIDI converter

Most electronic musicians at Sweetwater use a variety of gear, from vintage analog synths to virtual instruments, and the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box is the perfect way to tie them all together. You can lock all of your gear to the same tempo, and convert performance data between the different devices. You can even use the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box to convert incoming data to CV/Gate signals to control your analog synths!

A powerful performance tool

While the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box is an awesome solution for any production studio with electronic instruments, it's also a powerful live performance tool. We've already mentioned that you can use the SBX-1 Sync Box as an LFO generator - synth geeks at Sweetwater love this feature because we all have a favorite synth that we wish had just one more LFO available. The SBX-1 Sync Box also makes it easy for multiple instruments to play well together. With your drum machine, computer DAW, and keyboards connected to the SBX-1 Sync Box, you can jam with other musicians with rock-solid timing.

A simple way to add analog synths to your digital rig

If you want to add an analog synthesizer to your MIDI- or USB-based production setup, the SBX-1 Sync Box makes it easier than ever. Incoming performance data is automatically converted to CV and Gate outputs, with control over the note range and polarity. You can even send pitch bend and LFO data. Basically, the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box makes it easy for you to sequence analog synths from your computer DAW or other sequencer.

Roland SBX-1 Sync Box Features:
  • Sync box for electronic instruments
  • Simultaneous conversion between MIDI, USB MIDI, and DIN Sync
  • Integrate analog synths too with CV/Gate outputs
  • Can be used as a master tempo clock, or you can choose any of your connected devices as the master clock
  • Generate LFOs and trigger data for enhanced performance potential
  • Shuffle adds swing to patterns generated on instruments without a swing function
  • Runs on USB bus power or AC adapter
Electronic instruments need the Roland SBX-1 Sync Box.

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Tech Specs

Type Desktop
Ports 3 x 3
Computer Connectivity USB
Power Bus Powered or AC Adapter
Height 2.0625"
Depth 5.375"
Width 8.6875"
Weight 1.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SBX-1

Customer Reviews

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Wish I had this 20 years ago

My entire studio is swinging now! My TB-303, TR-808/606/707/727, are all tight and swinging perfectly. I wish I could have done this years ago. It's my master clock for literally 20 devices in my studio and I can't live without it. Few notes: Don't use swing on FX units, it throws them a curveball and delays don't know what to track too, tempo goes all over the place, jumping up/down. Ableton refuses to "swing" with this, it buffers the input to a steady BPM. Annoying, but not Roland's fault.

Can't Live Without It

I do not own any other AIRA products. Yet this box has become central to how I work. I have a large Eurorack/Frac modular and numerous hardware sequencers/synths. In the past, syncing MIDI and analog devices tightly has been "interesting". Now there are numerous options. For DAW sync I use an Inneclock Systems Sync-Gen II system. I take DIN Sync Out from the Innerclock and run to DIN Sync In on the SBX. I have MIDI/DIN/GATE outs from the SBX go to my gear. This may seem redundant (as the Innserclock device has multiple DIN/MIDI sync outputs) BUT I can flip the SBX into internal sync and clock all my gear without having to turn on my computer. If I could have but one sync device it would have to be the SBX-1. For how I work the SBX-1 is a desert island device. (I use a MIDI Solutions Thru Box to send MIDI Clock to 8 additional devices. Both DIN Outs drive Pamela's Workout modules via and easily made DIN to 3.5mm cable.)
Music background: 40th year playing synthesizers 1975-2015

Sweetwater Advice

Austin Moss

Here's something my TR-808 and 606 never had... SHUFFLE or SWING. It's probably worth the price of entry for that alone. If you can find an old Master Beat or DIN Sync box you still won't find swing. You WILL find a serial port though, but I'll bet your Mac doesn't have a serial port. Did you see that it has 24 and 48 PPQ so you can use it with other drum machines (Korg)? That's all to say nothing of the pitch and gate situation on Roland's cleverly named SyncBox!

Carson McClain

I'm very excited about the Roland SyncBox and all of its capabilities. No more having to experiment with any old sequencers like the Roland CSQ-600, CSQ-100, MC4, MSQ700, MSQ100, or the Korg SQ-10 (which are all very cool in their own right, but sometimes difficult to integrate into a modern rig). Now your MS-20, your modular rig, your 303, and your Juno can all live in one beautiful ecosystem with your computer attached. Roland is BACK and ready to stand out like they did in the 80s! This is the type of product that seasoned electronic musicians look to Roland for.
See also: Roland, Roland MIDI Interfaces