Producer Francis Preve has published his take on the new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer in the latest issue of Keyboard magazine.
Now that Roland has released several Plug-Out synths for the System-1, its vision for the platform is starting to come together.
While the System-1 one has generated a lot of hype, questions and skepticism, Preve says that he came away from his time with the new synth “absolutely blown away by what Roland has accomplished”.
Here’s how he sums up his impressions of the System-1:
“The Aira System-1 sounds better than several of my favorite analog instruments—and coming from a purist, that’s heresy. Every classic analog patch I threw at it sounded astonishingly legitimate. There were even a few vintage sounds that the Roland nailed where the others failed.
So I moved some gear around and cleared space in my immediate work area, and the System-1 now lives by my side in the studio. I’ve even moved my trusty vintage SH-101 to a corner of the room. The only question remaining is how long it will actually stay there. After all, it’s worth a pretty penny on eBay these days.
We’re not ready to give up our vintage analog synths yet, but it’s clear that Roland’s latest analog emulation technology delivers some pretty impressive results.
Preve also shared some audio examples of the Roland Aira System-1:
Check out Preve’s full review at the Keyboard site. And if you’ve worked with the System-1, leave a comment and share your thoughts on the new synth platform!