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Roland AIRA SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

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The SYSTEM-1 is a culmination of Roland's SYSTEM 100 and now almost mythical SYSTEM 700 synthesizers. Born in the '70s, these modular and semi-modula...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

The "plug-out" synthesizer.

The SYSTEM-1 is a culmination of Roland's SYSTEM 100 and now almost mythical SYSTEM 700 synthesizers. Born in the '70s, these modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. Over the years these two legendary instruments have been used by some of the most forward-thinking artists and recorded onto countless classic tracks, an iconic sound from decades ago.

Modern Vintage
Meet the SYSTEM-1, a synthesizer probably unlike any you've encountered before. Like its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of synthesized sounds with the bold and unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

At the heart of the SYSTEM-1's sound is Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior technology (ACB) which was used to carefully analyze every aspect of the original instruments analog circuits and then faithfully recreate them down to the finest details. This technology fills the SYSTEM-1 with a fusion of beautifully classic and utterly modern synthesizer tones.

There's more
The SYSTEM-1 can control and even host software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers. That's right. The SYSTEM-1 can control plug-in versions of now legendary Roland synths, and those same plugins can be hosted in the SYSTEM-1 itself - with no computer required. You can even switch between the SYSTEM-1's internal sounds and those of the hosted plug-in. Roland call this exciting wizardry "Plug-Out".

You'll be excited too once you experience the authenticity of the SH-101 softsynth, with the SYSTEM-1 providing an intuitive and fully automatic one-to-one control interface that just works. Let's be honest. Who could make a better plug-in version of a classic Roland synth than Roland? And the SH-101 is just the beginning.

The SYSTEM-1 not only sounds amazing, but it also has a totally innovative design with performance ready controls, quality construction, and a dizzying array of lights and knobs and sliders.

FEATURES
Four oscillators for buckets of fat synth tones
Oscillator colors create continuous waveform changes from simple to complex
All parameters can be controlled with physical knobs and sliders with LED indicators
Advanced Arpeggiator with SCATTER
SCATTER jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations
Variety of modulation functions including ring modulation, cross modulation and oscillator sync
Filter types vary between -12dB and -24dB and include independent high pass filters
Tone knob for easy tonal balancing
Crusher knob for modern edge
Integrated Delay and Reverb effect units
Tempo syncing for LFO and Delay
Innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal sized keys that are
Comfortable to play and extremely compact
Integrates seamlessly with other AIRA series products

Legendary tone and character dressed in a modern-day suit. Order your SYSTEM-1 today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
Keyboard 25 keys (without velocity)

Sound Generator Section
Maximum Polyphony 4 voices (SYSTEM-1 Mode)
User Memory 8
Structure Elements (SYSTEM-1 Mode):

[Oscillator Section]
Wave Form: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2
Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, SUB OSC), OCTAVE, TUNE
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, ENVELOPE Depth
Modulation: CROSS Modulator, RING Modulator, Oscillator SYNC
Sub Oscillator: -1oct/-2oct
Noise: WHITE Noise/PINK Noise
Key Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY

[Filter Section]
Type: LPF (-12dB/-24dB), HPF
Knobs: LPF CUTOFF, RESONANCE, HPF CUTOFF, KEY Follow
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTINE Level, RELEASE Time, ENVELOPE Depth

[Amplifier Section]
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTINE Level, RELEASE Time

[LFO Section]
Waveform: SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random
Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
Controller: LFO KEY TRIGER, TEMPO SYNC

[Mixer Section]
Level: OSC 1, OCS 2, SUB OSC, NOISE

[Effecter Section]
TONE, CRUSHER, REVERB, DELAY, DELAY TIME

Structure Elements (PLUG-OUT Mode)
Depend on PLUG-OUT software

Other
ARPEGGIO
Type: 6
Step: 6

SCATTER
Type: 10
Depth: 10

Controllers
VOLUME knob
TEMPO knob
PORTAMENTO knob
LEGATO button
PITCH BEND/SCATTER jog dial
SCATTER TYPE dial
KEY HOLD button
OCTAVE UP/DOWN buttons
MOD button
Power Switch (Rear)

Connectors
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
PEDAL (HOLD) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
PEDAL (CONTROL) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
DC IN jack

Power Supply AC Adaptor

Current draw 850 mA

Accessories
Owner's manual
AC adaptor
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"

Size and Weight
Width (W)472 mm18-5/8 inches
Depth (D)283 mm11-3/16 inches
Height (H)70 mm2-13/16 inches
Weight 2.4 kg5 lbs. 5 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.
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5.0

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5.0

Good old analog with lots a knobs!

By konjurer

from Iowa

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Arpeggiator
  • Great Layout
  • Plug-outs For New Synths
  • Rich Analog Sound

Cons

  • Not Enough Preset Storage
  • Plug-out Requires Daw

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • Recording

Comments about Roland AIRA SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer:

I discovered my 1970s era Univox MiniKorg in the back of a closet and rekindled my love fat analog sounds. However my ole MiniKorg is limited. I needed something with more oscillators and knobs. My style of music is wide but I gravitate towards progressive rock with layers of electronic keys. I wanted some polyphony if possible, standard sized keys, lots of knobs and a classic analog layout. I bought the SYSTEM-1 because it checked all of my boxes and the plug-out capability was a nice bonus.

I love my SYSTEM-1. The layout is straight forward. I've had to refresh my knowledge of basic analog synth concepts. It's getting easier to create a specific sound. I had a devil of a time creating a good brass sound at first.

The knobs feel wonderful to turn. The SYSTEM-1 keys are almost full-sized. Not ideal but very playable compared to mini keys. I have a terrible arpeggiator on another synth I have but this one is easy, diverse and fun. There are a lot of bonus knobs for sculpting sound, color controls for each oscillator, tone knobs, sub oscillator, and the crusher. Reverb and delay effects are a nice bonus. The filter section has a lot of control as well. All of these knobs provide instant gratification as you play (you can probably tell I like knobs!)

Now for the plug-outs. A plug-out allows you to purchase vinatge Roland synthesizer models. One plug-out, the Roland SH-101 is free to download. That is freakin awesome! One wanring...being a novice to DAWs I was disappointed to learn that you need one to load the Plug-outs. Roland should make that clear in their marketing fluff. Roland support told me to download a trial version of DAW software. I used the trial version of Cubase Elements in order to get the SH-101 plug-out installed. I'm just getting started and I'm finding the way SH-101 controls are mapped to the SYSTEM-1 a bit confusing. But it does make some fat bass sounds!

Cons...not too many. No after touch. Only 8 presets. The green LEDs look cool but they are so bright it is hard to read the knobs in the dark. Some people have commented that the SYSTEM-1 presets suck. Who cares! You have a cool analog synth with lots of knobs. You'll have the presets replaced with you own fat and nasty patches in no time!

 
5.0

Update to my Review - Update to version 1.3!

By konjurer

from Iowa

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

  • Poor Instructions

Best Uses

    Comments about Roland AIRA SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer:

    This is an update to my earlier review. I finally got around to applying the 1.30 upgrade. Major functionality was added in version 1.20 when I wasn't paying attention.

    * 6 new wave forms include a Vowel waveform that imitates human voice characteristics
    * 64 PATCHES can now be saved ON THE SYSTEM-1
    * Swap out entire banks of 64 using the Patch Librarian for even more patches
    * Several banks of patches are available for free with the Patch Librarian
    * Seven banks of 8 patches are available to swap in as well from the Roland support site

    Love this little synth!

     
    5.0

    ... awesome!!!!!

    By Kurt

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Too Many Pros To List

    Cons

    • No LCD

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI

    Comments about Roland AIRA SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer:

    ... what more needs to be said ... Roland delivers ... as always!!!!!

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