On Tuesday, Roland Corporation announced the availability of their System-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer, the new performance instrument which, they tout, features “the latest generation of the acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology.”
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.
To complement its internal sound engine, the System-8 can host and control up to three Roland Plug-Out software synthesizers, and new Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 Plug-Outs are included with purchase. Optional Plug-Outs such as the SH-2, SH-101, Promars, and others will be supported as well. The synth includes “a massive array” of hands-on controls, as well as a polyphonic step sequencer, vocoder, CV/GATE outputs, arpeggiator, and other creative tools.
System-8 also easily integrates into a music production environment. The synth functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface for a DAW, and the 49 full-size keys (with velocity) provide a responsive keyboard for recording MIDI tracks. There’s also a control surface mode for using the SYSTEM-8’s knobs, sliders, and buttons with soft synths. The SYSTEM-8 is equipped with CV/GATE outputs, enabling a user to send note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger modular synths and vintage analog gear.
Pricing and Availability
The Roland System-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer is available for US $1,499. Optional wood or aluminum side panels will be also available. For product specifications, to locate a dealer near you, and more, visit the Roland US website.