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Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer

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The SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) e...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Expandable synth with Roland’s advanced ACB technology.

The SYSTEM-8 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 recreations of numerous Roland classics, with JUNO-106 and JUPITER-8 included at purchase. 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.

Advanced Sound Engine
Roland’s acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior approach recreates historic analog sounds with forward-thinking technology. The SYSTEM-8 is equipped with the most advanced ACB engine yet, which offers eight voices of polyphony, three oscillators (including a sub oscillator option), and silky-smooth filters with ultra-detailed resolution. It’s easy to dial up warm pads, fat basses, expressive lead tones, and more, all inspired by the rich sonic character of the legendary SYSTEM series. Reaching beyond the retro vibe, the versatile SYSTEM-8 is also capable of producing crisp, dynamic tones and textures that are ideal for modern sound designers.

PLUG-OUT Expansion
In addition to its impressive internal sound engine, the SYSTEM-8 features 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 can combine the internal synth engine and hosted PLUG-OUTs to create super-synth patches with layered voices, custom splits, and more.

Maximum Sonic Control
With its comprehensive interface, the SYSTEM-8 offers countless ways to shape sounds and discover new ones. The panel is packed with direct-access controls for dynamic sound creation and live performance expression. Many hi-res filter types are available courtesy of the advanced ACB engine, including a powerful side-band filter inherited from Roland’s influential V-Synth. Tons of top-notch effects are on hand for adding character and ambience, from overdrive, distortion, and fuzz to delay, chorus, reverb, and more. And just like the numerous synth parameters, the effects have grab-and-go controls that make it simple to enhance sounds as you play.

Creative Toolbox
Designed to inspire, the SYSTEM-8 is filled with intuitive performance tools to spark your creativity. The 64-step sequencer features a familiar TR-REC style interface and dedicated controls to record, play, and manipulate loop sequences in real time. While building your sequences, you can capture single notes or full chords, as well as all your knob and slider moves. The Arpeggio function 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. The SYSTEM-8 even has an advanced vocoder built in, offering another expressive option for delivering unique and memorable synth performances.

USB and CV/Gate
While the SYSTEM-8 excels as a performance instrument, it easily integrates with your production software and external gear. The synth functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface for your DAW, and the 49 full-size keys provide a responsive, great-feeling keyboard for recording MIDI tracks. There’s even a control surface mode for using the SYSTEM-8’s knobs, sliders, and buttons with your soft synths. And with the built-in CV/Gate outputs, you can send note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger your modular synths and retro gear.

FEATURES
  • Versatile performance synthesizer with advanced ACB technology and 49 full-size keys
  • Internal sound engine delivers classic analog tones and dynamic modern sounds 
  • Hosts up to three PLUG-OUT synths; JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs included
  • Advanced low-pass, high-pass, and side-band filters with high-resolution controls
  • Massive real-time control with dedicated knobs, sliders and buttons

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SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 49
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity
Sounds
  • Polyphony (max): 8
  • VCO: 3
  • VCF: 2 (6 types)
  • Envelope Generator (EG): ADSR
  • LFO: 2
  • Mixer: OSC 1,2,3/SUB OSC, W/P Noise
  • Included presets: 64
  • User preset slots: 64
Connectivity
  • Output: ¼ in. L/R
  • Line input: L/R ¼ in.
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
  • USB Connectivity: B (Audio.MIDI)
  • Headphone out: Yes
  • Other: CV/Gate
Onboard Features
  • Sequencer: 64 step
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Display: OLED oscilloscope
  • Effects: 5 reverb, 6 delay, distortion
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
Other
  • Width: 34.7 in.
  • Height: 4.2 in.
  • Depth: 14.4 in.
  • Weight: 13 lb.
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RolandSYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer
 
2.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds incredible!

Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

You have to hear this thing. I have not been wowed by a new synth like this based on sound in quite a while. It sounds warm, real and powerful. It immediately inspired me to start creating. I am not a technical geek about this stuff but I know great sound when I hear it and this thing is powerful and is an absolute dream to play.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing sounds, powerful controls and plug-out capabilities

By rsm

from Savannah

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Pros

  • Performance mode
  • Sequencing
  • Sounds and physical control

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Arranging
    • Composing
    • Performance
    • Sound creation

    Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

    This really completes my Aira performance rig (TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, MX-1, System-1) and JD-Xi. I now have everything I need to create sounds, compose, arrange, perform without a computer unless I want to record or extend what I do using my computer rig. Sounds great, well laid out, intuitive controls...but I dig digital and software synths; tempermental, heavy, analog synths are fun, but not convenient for what I need and do.

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    (3 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    not worth the money

    By David

    from NY NY

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    Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

    should be made of steel for the price. roland is always overpriced.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Let's be fair here.... As a 30 year JP8 owner...

    By GregKo

    from NYC

    Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

    This is better in every conceivable way than the original. Sound is 99% there with a little tweaking but you're getting an amazing control interface, velocity keys and a whole host of effects that would cost hundreds in outboard equipment needed for a JP8. This thing is insanely expressive by comparison to the original.

    As for build quality - I'm actually elated that it only weighs 13 pounds and doesn't need capacitors and transistors replaced every few years just to keep it running.

    As for the price? Look at it this way: for the money you're effectively getting two JP-08's, 2 JU-106's a dedicated S8 synth, the ability to add another, a quality 49 key velocity controller, a complete midi interface panel, a core-midi/ audio interface over USB, vocoder, sequencer....

    I'm sorry but this thing is worth every cent and then some. Add in the fact that it integrates seamlessly with my DAW (Logic) and it is so much value for money.

    Furthermore, it's just such a fantastic instrument. You'd have to pay me to go back and play a Jupiter 8 again after this.

    Only gripes I have are no randomization on the arpeggiator and I would have preferred 61 or even 76 keys.

    Seriously love it.

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    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Buy the warranty

    By David

    from NY NY

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    Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

    on third replacement

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Overpriced

    By Scott

    from Waterbury, CT

    Comments about Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer:

    Seems like Roland likes to round everything to next 500. Some people have kids to feed Roland!

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    • No

    (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    poor quality

    By David

    from NY NY

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    poor quality

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