Roland AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

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  • 49 Full-Sized Keys
  • Advanced ACB Technology
  • Hosts Up to 3 Plug-Out Synths
  • Advanced LP, HP, & Side-Band Filters
  • Polyphonic Step Sequencer (TR-REC Style)
  • Arpeggio, Vocoder, Poly-Chord Memory
  • Large Selection of On-Board Effects
  • CV/Gate Output
  • USB Audio/MIDI with Control Surface Mode
  • Includes Juno-106 & Jupiter-8 Plug-Outs
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Roland SYSTEM-8 overview

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The powerful and deep AIRA SYSTEM-8 from Roland delivers a vast pallet of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. The cutting-edge Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine provides an eight-voice, 3-oscillator synth with multiple filters, effects, versatile LFOs, and a wide array of high-resolution controllers to control it all.

The SYSTEM-8 supports up to three Plug-Out synthesizers and ships with the classic Juno-106 and Jupiter-8 synthesizers. The 49-key velocity-sensitive keyboard can be split and layered for never-before heard sounds. The keyboard offers MIDI/audio connections via USB. Other features include an integrated vocoder, advanced polyphonic sequencer (TR-Rec style), arpeggiator, CV/Gate outputs, and polyphonic chord memory. The SYSTEM-8 ships with a power adapter.

Advanced Sound Engine
Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) 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 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 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, comfortable 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
UPC: 761294508749
In the Box
Roland AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer
  • External Power Supply
  • Jupiter-8 Plug-Out
  • Juno-106 Plug-Out
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Roland SYSTEM-8 specs

    Keyboard 49 keys (with velocity)
    Sound Generator Models

    Maximum Polyphony
    8 voices (MODEL: SYSTEM-8)
    (MODEL: PLUG-OUT1, 2 and 3 are dependent 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 dependent 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
    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
    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: : Saw, Square, Triangle, Saw2, Square2, Triangle2
    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 (-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: : LPF (-24 dB), LPF (-18 dB), LPF (-12 dB), HPF (-12 dB), HPF (-18 dB), HPF (-24 dB)
    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 Knobs: Portamento, Tempo
    Controller: Legato, Tempo Sync
    Key Mode: Mono/Unison/Poly
    Sequencer Track: 1 per Patch (step pattern is saved as a patch)
    Step: 1 - 64 steps
    Recording Method: Step recording, Real-time 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" / 6.35 mm phone type
    Output (L/MONO, R) Jacks: 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS phone type
    Input (L/MONO, R) Jacks: 1/4" / 6.35 mm phone type
    CV Output Jacks: 1/8" / 3.5 mm phone type (Supports OCT/V (Hz/V is not supported)
    Gate: 1/8" / 3.5 mm (Outputs +10 V)
    Trigger In Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm phone type
    Pedal (Hold, Control) Jacks: 1/4" / 6.35 mm phone type
    MIDI (IN, Out) Connectors: 2x 5-pin DIN
    USB Port: USB Type-B (Audio/MIDI)
    DC In Jack
    Power Requirements AC adapter
    Current Draw: 2 A
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 34.7 x 14.3 x 4.3" / 88.1 x 36.4 x 10.9 cm
    Weight 13.0 lb / 5.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.5 x 19.5 x 7.5"

    Roland SYSTEM-8 reviews

    AIRA SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blast from the past I grew up on the old Roland Junos, and was especially fond of my Juno 60. The sounds from that, the Juno 106 and Jupiter 8 were in a class by themselves. The System-8 brings all of that back. The sounds are there, as is the layout -- with all the controls out and ready to be tinkered with -- making it a great blast from the past. Having both a Juno 106 and Jupiter 8 all in one, along with the System 8 synth, is pretty sweet. I was skeptical of a digital take on analog sounds, but Roland's ACB technology delivers. It too, is in its own class.
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the best keyboards I own This is one of the best keyboards I own. Roland makes another great product.
    Date published: 2017-07-30
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