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Roland AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Modular 100 Synthesizer

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Meet the SYSTEM-1, a synthesizer that’s probably unlike any you’ve encountered before...

SYSTEM-1

PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

SOUNDS WITH CHARACTER AND LOADS OF CONTROLS IN A PLUG-OUT CAPABLE SYNTHESIZER

 

Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

  • 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 function
  • Scatter jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth
  • -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters
  • Tone knob for easy tonal balancing
  • Crusher knob for modern edge
  • Integrated delay and reverb effects
  • Tempo syncing for LFO and delay
  • Innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal-sized keys
  • Comfortable to play, yet the most compact Roland synth ever
 

73 PHYSICAL CONTROLS. 100 PERCENT SYNTH.

Meet the SYSTEM-1, a synthesizer that’s probably unlike any you’ve encountered before. At its heart is Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, which we use to carefully analyze every aspect of analog circuits and then faithfully recreate them down to the finest details. This technology fills the SYSTEM-1, creating a fusion of beautifully classic and utterly modern synthesizer tones.

The SYSTEM-1 not only sounds amazing, but also has a totally innovative design with performance-ready controls, quality construction, and a dizzying array of lights and knobs and sliders that proclaim unashamedly: “I am synthesizer. Hear me roar.” Sound good? There’s more…

 

PLUG IN AND PLUG-OUT

The SYSTEM-1 can control—and even host—software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers. That’s right—the SYSTEM-1 gives you access to plug-in versions of legendary Roland synths, and they 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. We call this wizardry “PLUG-OUT,” and we’re pretty excited about it.

We think you’ll be excited too once you experience the supreme authenticity of the upcoming SH-101 soft synth, 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—more PLUG-OUT synths are on the way.

 

A FEW MORE THINGS

The SYSTEM-1 looks great, and is designed to work seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series. In addition, you can connect the SYSTEM-1 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information to sync with external devices and other AIRA units.

 

SYSTEM-1 VERSION 1.1 NEW FEATURES

  • Backup and Restore — Manage your presets with easy backup and restore over USB.
  • Snapshot — Sends all current knob and slider settings as control change message.
  • Fix LPF CUTOFF Resolution — The increment size for "LPF CUTOFF" when "MODE = SYSTEM-1" was modified.
  • Other Fixes — General improvements to overall operation and PLUG-OUT functionality.

 

SYSTEM-1 VERSION 1.20 NEW FEATURES

  • Memory function — You can use eight banks, allowing you to store a total of 64 patch memories (8 patch memories x 8 banks).
  • Expanded waveforms added to OSC 1 / OSC 2 — You can use expanded waveforms to make your sounds.
    Noise Saw: A sawtooth wave with movement similar to an analog circuit. Ideal for making fat sounds.
    Logic Operation: A waveform that uses a logic circuit to combine multiple waveforms.
    FM: A frequency-modulated waveform.
    FM+Sync: Syncs a frequency-modulated waveform to the OSC pitch to produce a scale.
    Vowel: A waveform similar to human voice.
    CB: A metallic one-shot sound.

 

Specs

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、SAW2、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, SUSTAIN Level, RELEASE Time, ENVELOPE Depth

[Amplifier Section]
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN 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"
Options (sold separately)
Pedal switch: DP Series, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U
Expression pedal: EV-5
Size and Weight
Width
472 mm
18-10/16 inches
Depth
283 mm
11-3/16 inches
Height
70 mm
2-13/16 inches
Weight
2.4 kg
5 lbs. 5 oz.

System Requirements (Mac OS)

-Operating System:Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later, Mac OS X 10.9 supported
-Host Application:VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible,Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible, V2 Audio Units compatible
-CPU:Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
-RAM:4 GB or more
-Hard Disk:100 MB or more
-Display/Colors:1280 x 800 or higher/16.7 million colors or more

System Requirements (Windows)

-Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 10, Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1, Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
* Does not work with Windows® RT.
* Does not work with Windows® Phone.
* Does not work on virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
-Host Application:VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
-CPU:Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
-RAM:2 GB or more
-Hard Disk:100 MB or more
-Display/Colors:1280 x 800 or higher/24 bit Full Color or more

 

 

Optional SH-101 PLUG-OUT: Software Synthesizer

Complete Reproduction of the Iconic SH-101

The SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the iconic SH-101—right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time. Based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, it not only reproduces the SH-101’s legendary sounds, but faithfully recreates the very behavior of its analog circuitry—all with a level of authenticity that could only come from the company that created the original.

 

Capturing the Original

The now legendary SH-101 was a monophonic synthesizer launched by Roland in 1982. In contrast to the many complex synthesizers available at the time, the SH-101 quickly became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO › one-VCF › one-VCA › one-LFO structure. A legion of artists found it quick to program and adept at bright edgy tones and exciting sound effects. Thirty years later, the SH-101’s hallmark sounds continue to be sought after by electronic artists the world over.

  • Total authenticity through face-to-face consultation with the original designers and relentless research beyond the original schematics
  • Meticulously recreated oscillator and filter behavior—hallmarks of the SH-101 sound
  • Authentic behaviors including the unique interaction between low pass filter and envelope controls
  • Faithfully reproduces the unstable fluctuations that resulted from quirks in the SH-101’s circuitry
  • Classic SH-101 synth sounds—bass, lead, noise, and sound effects
  • Software layout features standard gray model, as well as red and blue models originally sold as limited editions

 

SH Evolved

Go beyond the original hardware with enhanced tone shaping options and seamless DAW integration via AU and VSTi plugin interfaces. Full PLUG-OUT support means you can use SYSTEM-1 as a dedicated controller and even use the SH-101 without a computer. The freedom of hardware. The flexibility of software. The sound of a legend.

  • Two envelope sections allow different settings for VCF and VCA while maintaining the option of classic SH-101 envelope behavior
  • Reverb, chorus, delay and crusher effects that were not included in the original
  • Run as many instances as your computer can handle
  • Use SYSTEM-1 as a dedicated USB keyboard controller with lighted knobs and sliders that show only available parameters
  • PLUG-OUT with SYSTEM-1 lets you take an authentic SH-101 wherever you go, from mobile production to live performance
  • Transfer sounds between SYSTEM-1 and SH-101 with PLUG-OUT
  • Supports Macintosh and Windows, and AU and VSTi formats

 

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