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        Roland System-8
        This instrument is discontinued

        Roland System-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer. Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Roland Finance available.

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        Roland System-8 - 8 Note Polyphonic Synthesizer

        The mighty Roland SYSTEM-8 Synthesizer delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with purchase (*Juno 106 due 2017). Split and layer synths for unheard of sounds, and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.

        Plug-Out Technology: 3 Plug-Out Synths

        Built-In are three expansion slots for hosting and controlling Roland's PLUG-OUT software synths. JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs are included, giving you immediate access to authentic sonic reproductions of these Roland classics. Optional PLUG-OUTs such as the SH-2, SH-101, PROMARS, and others are supported as well. Using the SYSTEM-8's Performance mode, you're able to combine the internal synth engine and hosted PLUG-OUTs to create super-synth patches with layered voices, custom splits, and more.


        System-8 ACB Technology

        ACB technology (Analog Circuit Behaviour) is Roland's way of reproducing classic and rich analogue tones within the digital realm. ACB is drastically different from conventional methods of modeling, and reproduces each analog component by thoroughly analyzing each detail of the original design drawings. By combining the analyzed components in exactly the same manner as the original analog components, detailed characteristics of the original musical instruments emerge and can be reproduced completely. With the advancement of modern technology, the features that could only have been dreamed about in the past can now be combined with the heavily desired sounds of yesteryear and with your own new sound creations for future music productions.

        System-8 Realtime Controllers

        Realtime Controls

        The System-8 is jam packed with hands-on controllers. Clearly laid out and back-lit with bright green LED lighting, the controllers give you access to all essential parameters and more. Oscillator controls, mixing, filter controllers, ADSR controls, effects - reverb/ chorus etc, and access to many other parameters are all instantly available to you on the front panel.

        USB and CV/GATE Connectivity

        System-8 is equipped with a USB audio/MIDI interface. Connect a single USB cable to get access to MIDI and audio data transfer straight to and from your DAW. 49 Keys offer a great response and feel for triggering external MIDI devices from hardware through to soft-synths. Control surface mode lets you use the SYSTEM-8's knobs, sliders, and buttons with your soft synths for the best possible integration.

        A built-in CV/Gate output lets you easily send note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger your modular synths.

        Built-In Toolbox

        Not being content with just being an incredibly powerful synthesizer, Roland have kitted out the System-8 with some great creative tools. A built-in 64-step sequencer features a familiar TR-REC style interface and dedicated controls to record, play, and manipulate loop sequences in real time. There is also a built-in vocoder as well as arpeggio function and the arpeggio is equipped with quick-access knobs for switching patterns and styles as you play, while Chord Memory allows you to trigger polyphonic note stacks with a single key.

        Roland SYSTEM-8: PLUG-OUT Synthesizer Specifications

        Keyboard
        • Keyboard: 49 keys (with velocity)
        Sound Generator Section
        • Models: SYSTEM-8, PLUG-OUT1, PLUG-OUT2, PLUG-OUT3
        • Maximum Polyphony: 8 voices (MODEL: SYSTEM-8) (MODEL: PLUG-OUT1, 2 and 3 are depend on PLUG-OUT software)
        User Memory
          Patch: 64 (8 memories x 8 banks, per one model)
        • Performance: 64 (8 memories x 8 banks)
        Structure Elements
        • MODEL: SYSTEM-8 is as follows (MODEL: PLUG-OUT 1, 2 and 3 are depend on PLUG-OUT software)
        LFO Section
        • Variation: 1 (Single LFO), 2 (Dual LFO), 3 (Resonanced Pulse LFO)
        • Waveform: : SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random, : 6 types, : 6 types
        • Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
        • Controllers: KEY TRIGGER, TRIGGER ENVELOPE
        Oscillator 1 Section
        • Variation: 1, 2
        • Waveform: : SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, : 6 types
        • Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3), OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2), COARSE TUNE, FINE TUNE
        • Modulation: CROSS Modulator
        Oscillator 2 Section
        • Variation: 1, 2
        • Waveform: : SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2, : 6 types
        • Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3), OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2), COARSE TUNE, FINE TUNE
        • Modulation: RING Modulator, Oscillator SYNC
        Oscillator 3/Sub Oscillator Section
        • Waveform: SINE (-2 octave), SINE (-1 octave), SINE, TRIANGLETRIANGLE (-1 octave)TRIANGLE (-2 octave)
        • Knobs: COLOR, TUNE
        Mixer Section
        • Level: OSC 1, OSC 2, OSC 3/SUB OSC, NOISE
        • Noise: WHITE Noise/PINK Noise
        Pitch Section
        • Knob: ENVELOPE Depth
        • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time
        Filter Section
        • Variation: 1, 2
        • Filter Type: : LPF (-24 dB), LPF (-18 dB), LPF (-12 dB), HPF (-12 dB), HPF (-18 dB), HPF (-24 dB), : 6 types
        • Knobs: CUTOFF, RESONANCE, VELOCITY SENS, ENVELOPE Depth, KEY Follow, HPF CUTOFF
        • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time
        Amplifier Section
        • Knobs: VELOCITY SENS, TONE, LEVEL
        • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time
        Effect Section
        • Type: OVER DRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER
        • Knobs: TONE, DEPTH
        Delay/Chorus Section
        • Type: DELAY, PANNING DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS
        • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL
        Reverb Section
        • Type: AMBIENCE, ROOM, HALL 1, HALL 2, PLATE, MODULATION
        • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL
        Other Section
        • Knobs: PORTAMENTO, TEMPO
        • Controller: LEGATO, TEMPO SYNC
        • Key Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY
        Step Sequencer
        • Track: 1 per Patch (step pattern is saved as a patch)
        • Step: 1 - 64 steps
        • Recording Method
        • Step recording, Realtime recording
        • Controllers: SCALE, PLAY MODE, GATE, SHUFFLE, FIRST STEP, LAST STEP
        Other
        • VOLUME, INPUT volume, ARPEGGIO, CHORD MEMORY, VOCODER, KEYHOLD, VELOCITY OFF, TRANSPOSE, OCTAVE
        • Controllers: Pitch bend and modulation lever, BEND SENS PITCH, BEND SENS FILTER, MOD SENS PITCH, MOD SENS FILTER
        • Display: 16 characters 2 line LCD
        External Storage
        • SD Card (SDHC supported) for backup/restore function
        Connectors
        • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
        • OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
        • INPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
        • CV/GATE OUTPUT jacks: Miniature phone type (CV: This jack supports OCT/V (Hz/V is not supported). GATE: This jack outputs +10 V.)
        • TRIGGER IN jack: Miniature phone type
        • PEDAL (HOLD, CONTROL) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
        • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
        • USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
        • DC IN jack
        • Power Supply: AC Adaptor
        Dimensions
        • 881 (W) x 364 (D) x 109 (H) mm
        • 34-11/16 (W) x 14-3/8 (D) x 4-5/16 (H) inches
        Weight (excluding AC adaptor)
        • 5.9kg / 13 lbs 1 oz
        Accessories]
        • Owner's manual
        • AC adaptor
        • Power cord
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