Roland has officially announced the new System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer – a synth that’s designed to offer a vast palette of classic Roland sounds, remarkable flexibility and hands-on control.
- Four oscillators
- Oscillator colors create continuous waveform changes from simple to complex
- All parameters can be controlled with physical knobs and sliders with LED indicators
- Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter function
- Scatter jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth
- -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters
- Tone knob for easy tonal balancing
- Crusher knob for modern edge
- Integrated delay and reverb effects
- Tempo syncing for LFO and delay
- Innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal-sized keys
At the core of the SYSTEM-1 is Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, which is designed to faithfully model analog circuits. The SYSTEM-1 also offers performance-ready controls, quality construction, and a vast array of lights, knobs and sliders.
PLUG IN AND PLUG-OUT
The SYSTEM-1 can control, and even host, software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers. No computer required. You can even switch between the SYSTEM-1’s internal sounds and those of the hosted plug-in.
The first synth designed for System-1 is a recreation of the SH-101. And more PLUG-OUT synths are on the way.
The SYSTEM-1 is designed to work seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series.
Here’s a video introduction to the AIRA series, featuring artists’ first impressions of the new line:
In addition, you can connect the SYSTEM-1 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information to sync with external devices and other AIRA units.
The Roland AIRA System-1 is priced at US $599. See the Roland site for more information.