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Roland System-8 Synthesizer Review

In the latest Sonic Lab video, reviewer Nick Batt takes a look at the Roland System-8 Plug-Out 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. 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.

If you’ve used the System-8 synthesizer, let us know what you think of it in the comments!