No, it’s not a chocolate bar or a telecommunication device. An aerophone is actually a musical instrument that produces sound primarily by causing a body of air to vibrate, without the use of strings or membranes, and without the vibration of the instrument itself adding considerably to the sound.

Types of Aerophones


Free aerophones are instruments where the vibrating air is not enclosed by the instrument itself.


The air-stream meets a sharp edge, or a sharp edge is moved through the air.


The air-stream is interrupted periodically.


Occasionally called “percussive aerophones”, plosive aerophones are sounded by percussion caused by a single compression and release of air. An example of a plosive aerophone is the “scraper flute” which has tubes with ridged or serrated edges so that they can be scraped with a rod to produce sound.


Non-free aerophones are instruments where the vibrating air is contained within the instrument. Often called wind instruments, they are typically divided into two categories; Woodwind and Brass. It is widely accepted that wind instruments are not classified on the material from which they are made, as a woodwind instrument does not need to be made of wood, nor a brass instrument made of brass. Woodwind instruments are often made with wood, metal or glass and include the flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, recorder and the saxophone. Brass instruments are often made with silver, copper or even wood and include the trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone and the tuba.

Roland Aerophone – Digital Wind Instruments

The term Aerophone is now also associated with Roland’s range of digital wind instruments.

Aerophone AE-10

The Aerophone AE-10 is a digital wind instrument that lets you play sax, clarinet, flute, violin, synth sounds and many more. Since it supports traditional sax fingering, the AE-10 is instantly familiar to acoustic sax players, especially with a mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor that responds like an acoustic horn.

Aerophone Mini

The Aerophone Mini features six great onboard sounds that let you explore a variety of music styles, while the compact design travels anywhere you go. The fingering is simple to understand as it is based on the recorder so there are no complicated chords to learn like piano, guitar, or ukulele.

So there you go, a little overview of Aerophones. If you’d like to know a little bit more, give me a call on 01524 410202 or pop into the shop any day apart from Thursday.