System-8 Plug-out Synthesizer


Roland System-8 49-key Plug-out Synthesizer at a Glance:
Next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior engine onboard
Load up complete synths via Plug-out expansions
Packed with creative tools to create inspiring sounds
Get hands on with comprehensive onboard controls
Integrates with your rig via USB/MIDI and CV/Gate
Next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior engine onboard
The remarkable analog sound of Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior digital-modeling sound engine absolutely floored the synth world when it first debuted, and the System-8 takes this technology to a whole new level. A full eight voices of polyphony and three oscillators, which includes a sub-oscillator option, delivers a solid foundation for massive tone creation. It gets even better when you add in ultra-high-resolution filters that seem to glow as you saturate them - just what you need for classic warm pads and freakishly fat basses. But vintage sounds are just the beginning, and when you start to push the System-8, you'll discover aggressive leads, dynamic textures, and a whole new world of synth tone.

Load up complete synths via Plug-out expansions
Ask any synth nut here at Sweetwater, and they'll tell you that the System-8's internal sound engine alone is well worth the price of admission, but when you start loading up Plug-out synth models, this 49-key beast becomes all the more impressive. Plug-outs let you load up completely different sound engines, such as the included Jupiter-8 and JUNO-106, instantly transforming the System-8 into another instrument altogether. Three Plug-out memory slots let you instantly switch sound engines, and in Performance Mode, you can even combine the internal sound engine with your loaded Plug-out models to create unheard-of hybrid synths with layered voices, custom splits, and other amazing capabilities.

Packed with creative tools to create inspiring sounds
Roland went above and beyond with the System-8's performance tools, which make it easy to create and tweak complex sequences, fire off chords and arpeggios, and tweak every parameter in real time. First, there's the 64-step sequencer, styled after Roland's intuitive TR-REC interface. Full transport options make it easy to record, play, and tweak loops on the fly, and the sequencer captures every knob and fader movement as you play. Chord Memory is another great performance feature, which allows you to fire off polyphonic stabs and lush chords, all while keeping a hand free to manipulate your sound. Likewise, the arpeggiator onboard the System-8 lets you shift patterns as you play, and the built-in vocoder is an awesome tool live.

Integrates with your rig via USB/MIDI and CV/Gate
If you're like the synth nuts here at Sweetwater, then you're probably wondering exactly how the System-8 will fit into your rig. The answer is: easily. Whether you're running a USB-based studio setup or need to send CV and Gate to your analog gear, the System-8 can be your go-to synth. You can even use it as a control surface for your DAW, manipulating soft synths with its sliders, buttons, and knobs.

Roland System-8 49-key Plug-out Synthesizer Features:
Powerhouse 49-key performance synthesizer with Analog Circuit Behavior technology
Create rich and detailed tones with 8 voices, 3 oscillators, filters, modulation, and more
Internal sound engine delivers classic and modern analog sound production
Expand your tonal palette with 3 Plug-out slots - Jupiter-8 and JUNO-106 Plug-outs included
Sophisticated lowpass, highpass, and side-band filters include high-resolution controls
Dedicated knobs, sliders, and buttons offer extensive and intuitive real-time control
64-step polyphonic step sequencer features a classic TR-REC interface
Enhance your performances with the arpeggiator, vocoder, and polyphonic Chord Memory
Add complexity to your sounds with a large selection of onboard effects
CV/Gate outputs make interfacing with modular synths and vintage gear easy
USB/MIDI interface and control surface mode provide total studio integration

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