SympleSound and Carma Studio Join Forces With Synthwave For Roland System-8

Carma Studio and Symplesound have announced the release of Synthwave for System-8, a collection of 96 presets for both the Roland System-8 and Roland Cloud software synthesizers.

This first collaboration between Symplesound and Carma Studio (aka acclaimed sound designer Francis Preve and sample library legend Jim Stout) is available as a single bundle for multiple products.

Synthwave builds on the “iconic” sound of the Jupiter-8 and Juno 106, bringing the sounds of the 80s and early 90s to Roland’s System-8 supersynth. Created for music-making in genres ranging from Retronica/ Synthwave to Indie Chill to Future Funk and Intelligent Trap, the Synthwave pack also includes an additional 32 presets that utilize the System-8’s AIRA engine. Finally, the product is also fully compatible with Roland Cloud.

The presets in the Synthwave collection lean heavily on the System-8’s authentic analog sound and include 106 basses, Jupiter pads, AIRA leads, and “arpeggio-ready” plucks that can be easily tweaked right from the front panel, or automated within the user’s DAW, via the plug-outs. Patches from classic hits are also sprinkled throughout the collection, as the developers say, “for added street cred.”

Furthermore, every synth in the Synthwave collection features a set of templates for bass, pad, lead, and plucks, so users can quickly create their own custom patches, without erasing the original presets.

Pricing and Availability. Synthwave for System-8 is available today for $19.95 via the Carma Studio website as well as via Beatport, Reverb, and Soundtrack Loops webstores. Additional information, including sound sample demonstrations, at this link.

9 thoughts on “SympleSound and Carma Studio Join Forces With Synthwave For Roland System-8

  1. roland screwed up big time with the jd-xa (worst onboard sequencer of all time) and the system-8 (2nd worst onboard sequencer of all time). at least the jd-xa has a metronome. the system-8 has not. *facepalm*

    1. Building a great synthesizer that does not meet everyones wishes 100% is not exactly “screwing up big time”. It is still a good sounding synth in my ears.

  2. The only problem with using such distinctive recreations in a production is it can only serve to remind the listener that “Don’t Go” by Yazoo, “Send Me An Angel” by Real Life, and “The Metro” by Berlin are much better songs than the one that’s playing.

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