Roland has shared a series of videos, featuring professional composers and synth gurus sharing their first impressions of the new System-8 synthesizer.
The System-8 is a new hardware synth that uses analog circuit modeling to implement its own synth architecture and to recreate the circuits of some of their classic synths, like the Jupiter-8 and Juno-106.
In the first video, composer & synthesist Amin Bhatia shares his first impressions of the System-8.
Bhatia, who we interviewed in 2012, has scored dozens of films and television shows, including John Woo’s Once A Thief, the Jane Goodall Imax documentary Wild Chimpanzees, Queer As Folk and Flashpoint, in addition to releasing several albums of orchestral synthesis, including The Interstellar Suite.
The second video features John Leimseider, a keyboard tech with over 30 years of experience. He works as the Electronics Technician for the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
In the video, Leimseider checks out the new System-8, but the video is really more about his perspective on what makes a synth a useful instrument.
The final video features Jason Amm, who’s known for his Solvent electronic music project and also as the producer of the modular synth documentary I Dream Of Wires. (We reviewed his I Dream Of Wires soundtrack in 2014).
Amm approaches the System-8 with a modular synthesis sensibility, and in the video explores the new keyboard’s control voltage connectivity in a Solvent performance.
If you’ve used the System-8, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it.
Pricing and Availability
The System-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer is priced at $1499 street. Availability is to be announced. See the Roland site for details.