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System-8 is an expandable Synth with next generation ACB technology, Direct-Access Controls, and Advanced Features.
Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analogue Circuit Behaviour (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS will be made available with each purchase once they are released (scheduled for release in 2017). Use the SYSTEM-8 to split and layer synths for unheard-of sounds and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.
Roland’s universally acclaimed Analog Circuit Behaviour approach accurately recreates historic analogue sounds with forward-thinking technology. The SYSTEM-8 is equipped with the most advanced ACB engine yet, which offers eight voices of polyphony, three oscillators (including a sub oscillator option) and silky-smooth filters with ultra-detailed resolution. It’s easy to dial up warm pads, fat basses and expressive lead tones, all inspired by the rich sonic character of the legendary SYSTEM series. Reaching beyond the retro vibe, the versatile SYSTEM-8 is also capable of producing crisp, dynamic tones and evocative textures that are ideal for modern sound designers.
In addition to its impressive internal sound engine, the SYSTEM-8 features three expansion slots for hosting and controlling Roland’s PLUG-OUT software synths. JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs will be included, giving you immediate access to authentic sonic reproductions of these Roland classics. Optional PLUG-OUTs such as the SH-2, SH-101, PROMARS, and others are supported as well. Using the SYSTEM-8’s Performance mode you’re able to combine the internal synth engine and hosted PLUG-OUTs to create super-synth patches with layered voices, custom splits, and more.
With its comprehensive interface the SYSTEM-8 offers countless ways to shape sounds and discover new ones. The panel is packed with direct-access controls for dynamic sound creation and live performance expression. Many hi-res filter types are available courtesy of the advanced ACB engine, including a powerful side-band filter inherited from Roland’s influential V-Synth. Tons of top-notch effects are on hand for adding character and ambience, from overdrive, distortion, and fuzz to delay, chorus, reverb, and more. And just like the numerous synth parameters the effects have grab-and-go controls that make it simple to enhance sounds as you play.
Designed to inspire, the SYSTEM-8 is filled with intuitive performance tools to spark your creativity. The 64-step sequencer features a familiar TR-REC style interface and dedicated controls to record, play and manipulate loop sequences in real time. While building your sequences you can capture single notes or full chords, as well as all your knob and slider moves. The Arpeggio function is equipped with quick-access knobs for switching patterns and styles as you play, while Chord Memory allows you to trigger polyphonic note stacks with a single key. The SYSTEM-8 even has an advanced vocoder built in, offering another expressive option for delivering unique and memorable synth performances.
While the SYSTEM-8 excels as a performance instrument, it easily integrates with your production software and external gear. The synth functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface for your DAW, and the 49 full-size keys provide a responsive, great-feeling keyboard for recording MIDI tracks. There’s even a control surface mode for using the SYSTEM-8’s knobs, sliders, and buttons with your soft synths. And with the built-in CV/Gate outputs you can send note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger your modular synths and retro gear.
Support for SYSTEM-8 on previously released plug-out synths to be available soon.
- Versatile Performance Synthesizer with Advanced ACB Technology
- 49 Full-Size Keys
- Internal Sound Engine Delivers Classic Analogue Tones and Dynamic Modern Sounds with Analogue Vibe
- Hosts Up to 3 x PLUG-OUT Synths
- Advanced Low-Pass, High-Pass and Side-Band Filters with High-Resolution Controls
- Massive Real-Time Control with Dedicated Knobs, Sliders and Buttons
- Polyphonic Step Sequencer with Classic TR-REC Style Interface
- Arpeggio, Vocoder and Polyphonic Chord Memory Functions
- CV/Gate Outputs for Interfacing with Modular Synths and Vintage Gear
- Large Selection of On-Board Effects with Hands-On Controls
- USB Audio/MIDI Interface and Control Surface Mode