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SYSTEM-8

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SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Powerful and deep, 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 spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with 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.

Expandable synth with Roland's advanced ACB technology.

• Versatile performance synthesizer with advanced ACB technology and 49 full-size keys

• Internal sound engine delivers classic analog tones and dynamic modern sounds with analog vibe

• 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

• Polyphonic step sequencer with classic TR-REC style interface

• Arpeggio, vocoder, and polyphonic Chord Memory functions

• CV/Gate outputs for interfacing with modular synths and vintage gear

• Large selection of onboard effects with hands-on controls

• USB audio/MIDI interface and control surface mode

• JUNO-106 is scheduled for release in 2017.

*Support for SYSTEM-8 on previously released plug-out synths to be available soon.

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
Roland really got it right with this on. A JP-8000, this is not... this synth sounds and behaves like it's analog. I have a JP-8080 so I know... I've been doing synth music since 1982 and owned the System-8 for 2 years. This is now my all time favorite machine. My previous fav synths were the Oxford OSCar(yeah, I owned one for about 10 years) and Juptier-6 (owned since 1983) and I've owned and still own many classic analog and digital synths. The System-8 panel is a one knob = one function machine. The interface has no menu diving to speak of. If you've owned a classic synth then you know the tactile pleasure that comes from a machine like this. If you don't like the glowing lights... turn it off. If you don't like the plastic case... get over it because you're being silly. The user experience is just too nice to worry about details like that. As for the native sound engine... it's a monster of features and versatility - numerous oscillators including FM and many different filters to choose from. If you like FM sounds, classic synth pads, brass sounds, far out drones... this unit can do it. The unit comes with 3 classic poly plug outs; Jupiter-8, Juno-106 and JX-3P, that have a few nice little tweaks (i.e. Juno-106 has a filter env) that make them better than the Boutique units. The System-8 versions of these classics sound better than the Boutiques too. I've owned the Boutique units and carefully compared them before I sold them off. If you don't like polys then load classic mono synths like the SH-2, Promars, System-100 and SH-101. The Promars is my favorite Roland mono. The System-8 is a sound crafting monster of versatility. If you like the Roland sound then you owe it to yourself to seriously look at this machine. I highly recommended it.
Posted by Jeff Pincheck on Jan 18, 2019
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The System-8 is arguably the most versatile standalone synth on which, that I have had the pleasure of Noodling. Here, we have essentially, now, five synths in one. The Plug-Out system comes with the Jupiter 8 and Juno 106 preinstalled, with one space remaining for users to install whichever Legacy synth they may choose. I went for the old System-100, myself. Lastly, with updates, Roland has also added FM synthesis capabilities, plus a myriad of Filtering options. An Arpeggiator, a 64 Step Sequencer and built in Effects, the System-8 seems under-priced. I love this unit. Roland really has pulled a Rabbit out of the hat with this one.
Posted by Brian Smith on Sep 13, 2018
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Roland System-8 Polyphonic PLUG-OUT Synthesizer [Product Demonstration]
Description: Dustin Good from Roland Canada gives a quick demonstration of the Roland System-8 Polyphonic PLUG-OUT synthesizer.