Roland has introduced the System-100 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer – a software reproduction of the classic semi-modular monosynth from 1975.
The System-100 Plug-Out integrates the features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander units, resulting in an ‘incredibly fat and uniquely versatile’ two oscillator monosynth, with modular routing capabilities.
The System-100 Plug Out synthesizer is designed for System-1 and 1m, as well as Mac and PC hosts.
- Replicates System-100 sound and behavior
- ACB provides expansive, liquid tone of the original
- Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander in a single instrument
- Sophisticated architecture with dual VCO, dual LFO, S&H, Ring Mod, Noise and more
- Versatile semi-modular patching capabilities
- Integrated Phaser with modulation inputs, Reverb and Delay
- Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter capabilities
- VST, AU and PLUG-OUT compatible
The System-100 had modular patching capabilities, vastly increasing the sound design options. Pairing a Model 101 Synthesizer with a Model 102 Expander gave you two VCOs and two LFOs to work with, as well as Sample and Hold, Ring Modulation and a Noise Generator that all worked seamlessly together.
The New System-100
With the new SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer, the features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander are combined into a single interface, allowing you to use both VCOs, both LFOs, S&H, Ring Mod and so on with no patching.
The signal path can be altered and parameters modulated by connecting cables between the patch points. A new 14×15 Routing Matrix makes for quick patching, with all connections still visually reflected as patch cables on the SYSTEM-100’s control panel. You can toggle patching on/off as well as quickly see the entire signal flow with convenient buttons right above the Routing Matrix.
Like other Plug-Out synths, there are dual ADSR envelopes (VCF and VCA) and the advanced pattern generation of the Scatter-equipped Arpeggiator. Six arpeggio types with six step settings combine with variable Scatter type and depth to create a seemingly infinite selection of patterns. A phaser with modulation inputs joins the reverb and delay, creating an effects section suited for synth sounds.
Plug-in and Plug-out
While multiple instances of the System-100 plug-in can be used in any VST or AU compatible DAW, the System-100 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer offers seamless integration and unique capabilities for SYSTEM-1 and SYSTEM-1m owners, including knob-per-function hardware control, stand-alone portability, and semi-modular patching capabilities (1m only).
Connect a SYSTEM-1/1m to your computer and it becomes a dedicated controller, only lighting the appropriate knobs and sliders pertinent to the SYSTEM-100. Transfer sounds back and forth between the hardware and software and even use the SYSTEM-1/1m as a high-quality audio and MIDI interface. Or break free entirely and PLUG-OUT directly to the SYSTEM-1/1m, creating a stand-alone hardware SYSTEM-100 synthesizer, with physical controls that doesn’t require a computer.
Pairing the SYSTEM-100 with the SYSTEM-1m gives you dedicated high-resolution controls and both virtual and physical routing and modulation capabilities.
Pricing and Availability
Roland’s new System-100 Plug-Out is available now for $195 US via the Roland Content Store. The soft synth is also available on a free trial basis. System requirements here, and additional information on the System-100 Plug-out is available on the Roland website.