Roland today announced updates to the entire Aira line. In addition, they announced that the SH-101 Plug-Out software synthesizer is now available as a free download for the Roland Aira System-1.
The new software synthesizer is a reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101. According to to Roland, the new virtual analog emulates the original ‘right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time’.
The SH-101 is a monophonic synthesizer, launched by Roland in 1982. The SH-101 became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO > one-VCF > one-VCA > one-LFO structure.
The SH-101 Plug-Out software synth offers seamless DAW integration, via AU and VSTi. This means that the System-1 can be used as a dedicated controller for the plugin in your DAW, or the SH-101 can run on the System-1, independent of your computer.
Here’s a video intro to the SH-101 Plug-Out synthesizer.
The SH-101 Plug-Out synthesizer augments the System-1’s built in synthesizer. Here’s an demo of the System-1 synth engine in action:
The SH-101 Plug-Out synth is the first of several planned, using Roland’s ‘Plug-Out’ technology. While only one Plug-Out synth can be loaded to the System-1 at a time, the System-1’s built in synth is always available. This means that you can toggle between it and the currently loaded Plug-Out synth, even when you’re not connected to a computer.
Roland Canada has posted an article on its site, 7 Things To Know About SYSTEM-1 and PLUG-OUTS, that offers an overview of how the Plug-Out system works.
The Roland SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer s available free of charge to SYSTEM-1 owners. See the Roland site for details.