Roland System-8Roland has released the System-8 Plug-Out Synthesiser, featuring the latest generation of its Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology.

The System-8 promises a wide range of sounds inspired by four decades of Roland synths. To complement its internal sound engine, the System-8 can host and control up to three Roland Plug-Out software synthesisers, and new Jupiter 8 and Juno 106 Plug-Outs are included with purchase. Optional Plug-Outs – the SH-2, SH-101, Promars and others – will also be supported. The synth includes a massive array of hands-on controls, as well as a polyphonic step sequencer, vocoder, CV/Gate outputs, arpeggiator, and other creative tools.

While the System-8 is designed as a performance instrument, it readily integrates into a music production environment. The synth functions as a USB audio/Midi interface for a DAW, and the 49 full-size keys (with velocity) provide a responsive keyboard for recording Midi tracks. There’s also a control surface mode for using the System-8’s knobs, sliders, and buttons with soft synths. The System-8 is equipped with CV/Gate outputs, enabling sending of note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger modular synths and vintage analogue gear.

The System-8 Plug-Out Synthesiser costs US$1,499 (street). Optional wood or aluminium side panels are available.

More: www.roland.com

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