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Roland SYSTEM-8 Synthesizer

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ROLAND SYSTEM 8 OVERVIEW

Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (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 are even included with purchase (JUNO-106 PLUG-OUT released 2017). 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.

Advanced Sound Engine  

Roland’s universally acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior approach accurately recreates historic analog 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, expressive lead tones, and more, 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.          

PLUG-OUT Expansion  

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 are 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.

Maximum Sonic Control 

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.         

Creative Toolbox  

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.

USB and CV/Gate

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.   

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  • [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: 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: <VARIATION 1>: SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random, <VARIATION 2>: 6 types, <VARIATION 3>: 6 types
  • Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
  • Controllers: KEY TRIGGER, TRIGGER ENVELOPE
  • Oscillator 1 Section
  • Variation: 1, 2
  • Waveform: <VARIATION 1>: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, <VARIATION 2>: 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: CROSS Modulator
  • Oscillator 2 Section
  • Variation: 1, 2
  • Waveform: <VARIATION 1>: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, <VARIATION 2>: 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
  • Filter Section
  • Variation: 1, 2
  • Filter Type: <VARIATION 1>: LPF (-24 dB), LPF (-18 dB), LPF (-12 dB), HPF (-12 dB), HPF (-18 dB), HPF (-24 dB), <VARIATION 2>: 6 types
  • Knobs: CUTOFF, RESONANCE, VELOCITY SENS, ENVELOPE Depth, KEY Follow, HPF CUTOFF
  • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time
  • Amplifier Section
  • Knobs: VELOCITY SENS, TONE, LEVEL
  • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time
  • Effect Section
  • Type: OVER DRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER
  • Knobs: TONE, DEPTH
  • Delay/Chorus Section
  • Type: DELAY, PANNING DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS
  • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL
  • Reverb Section
  • Type: AMBIENCE, ROOM, HALL 1, HALL 2, PLATE, MODULATION
  • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL
  • Other Section
  • Knobs: PORTAMENTO, TEMPO
  • Controller: LEGATO, TEMPO SYNC
  • Key Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY
  • 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 (excluding AC adaptor)
  • 5.9kg
  • 13 lbs 1 oz
  • [Accessories]
  • Owner's manual
  • AC adaptor
  • Power cord
  • [Options (sold separately)]
  • Keyboard Stand (*1): KS-18Z
  • Pedal switch: DP Series
  • Expression pedal: EV-5
  • *1 When using the KS-18Z ensure that the height of the unit is one meter or lower.
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