Sep 12

Amongst the new recent products released by Roland, I couldn’t help but notice a colourful green synth from their AIRA range – the new System 8. This is the second Plug-Out synth from Roland that features their Analogue Circuit Behaviour Technology (ACB) to create a wealth of sounds. Have a listen to the great Scott Tibbs at Kraft Music demo the System 8 in the Youtube clip above.

The System 8 however, can control up to three Plug-Out software synths. Two of which are included in the price. One of which is the Jupiter 8 and the other which will not be available until Spring 2017 is the Juno 106 Plug-Out. This will leave a space for a future Plug-Out synth that they may release or one of their existing ones already available such as the SH-01 or SH2. You should note that the Plug-Out synths are separate from the internal engine. These plug-outs of these classic synths have been recreated with all their analogue character using ACB.

The Roland System 8 has a 49 note velocity sensitive key-bed, 8 voice polyphony, three powerful oscillators, powerful hi-res filters, very versatile LFOs, a built-in vocoder, an arpeggiator, polyphonic chord memory functions, CV/GATE outputs, a large selection of great effects, and it can be used as a USB/MIDI interface for easy integration with your DAW – all sounds good to me. But, how much does it cost I hear you say?. Unfortunately, this will set you back £1239.00.

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Quickly moving on, as you can see this synth is packed full of knobs, buttons and sliders for endless tweaking. It is very much a hands-on performance synth which has the sole purpose of getting you to explore the hell out of it and some of the enjoyment will no doubt come when you hear how good the filters are. There is also a User Memory which allows you to store 64 patches and 64 Performance patches. I believe this true of the each of the plug-out synths as well.

The polyphonic 64-step sequencer is just like using one of Roland’s TR machines and an arpeggio function has been included with quick-access knobs so that you can easily switch patterns and styles all in real time.

What I really like in the synth apart from its very warm sound with loads of low end is that you can do Split and Layers in Performance mode. Have a look at the specifications below and try one out at your nearest store – great stuff:-

Specifications

Keyboard: 49 keys (with velocity)
Sound Generator Section: Models – SYSTEM-8, PLUG-OUT1, PLUG-OUT2, PLUG-OUT3
Maximum Polyphony: 8 voices (MODEL: SYSTEM-8) (MODEL: PLUG-OUT1, 2 and 3 are depend on PLUG-OUT software)
User Memory:
Patch: Patch: 64 (8 memories x 8 banks, per one model)
Performance: 64 (8 memories x 8 banks)
Structure Elements: MODEL: SYSTEM-8 is as follows (MODEL: PLUG-OUT 1, 2 and 3 are depend on PLUG-OUT software)
LFO Section:
Variation: 1 (Single LFO), 2 (Dual LFO), 3 (Resonanced Pulse LFO)
Waveform: : SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random, : 6 types, : 6 types
Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
Controllers: KEY TRIGGER, TRIGGER ENVELOPE
Oscillator 1 Section:
Variation: 1, 2
Waveform: : SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, : 6 types
Modulation: CROSS Modulator
Oscillator 2 Section:
Variation: 1, 2
Waveform: : SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, : 6 types
Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3), OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2), COARSE TUNE, FINE TUNE
Modulation: RING Modulator, Oscillator SYNC
Oscillator 3/Sub Oscillator Section:
Waveform: SINE (-2 octave), SINE (-1 octave), SINE, TRIANGLE¤TRIANGLE (-1 octave)¤TRIANGLE (-2 octave)
Knobs: COLOR, TUNE
Mixer Section:
Level: OSC 1, OSC 2, OSC 3/SUB OSC, NOISE
Noise: WHITE Noise/PINK Noise
Pitch Section:
Knob: ENVELOPE Depth
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time
Step Sequencer:
Track: 1 Per patch (Step pattern is saved as a patch)
Step: 1 – 64 steps
Recording Method: Step recording, Realtime recording
Controllers: SCALE, PLAY MODE, GATE, SHUFFLE, FIRST STEP, LAST STEP
Other: VOLUME, INPUT volume, ARPEGGIO, CHORD MEMORY, VOCODER, KEYHOLD, VELOCITY OFF, TRANSPOSE, OCTAVE
Controllers: Pitch bend and modulation lever, BEND SENS PITCH, BEND SENS FILTER, MOD SENS PITCH, MOD SENS FILTER
Display: 16 characters 2 line LCD
External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for backup/restore function
Connectors:
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
INPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
CV/GATE OUTPUT jacks: Miniature phone type (CV: This jack supports OCT/V (Hz/V is not supported). GATE: This jack outputs +10 V.)
TRIGGER IN jack: Miniature phone type
PEDAL (HOLD, CONTROL) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 2 A
Dimensions: 881 (W) x 364 (D) x 109 (H) mm – 34-11/16 (W) x 14-3/8 (D) x 4-5/16 (H) inches
Weight: 5.9kg (13 lbs)
Included Accessories: Owner’s Manual, AC Adaptor, Power Cord

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