SYSTEM-1

PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

SYSTEM-1: PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Modern Vintage

Features

Roland Aira ACB Technology explained

Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, 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. Over the years, they’ve been put to great use by visionary artists on countless classic tracks.


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 our new Analogue Circuit Behaviour technology (ACB) which we use to carefully analyse every aspect of analogue 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.

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. We call this wizardry “PLUG-OUT” – and we’re pretty excited about it.

And we think you’ll be excited too once you experience the supreme authenticity of the upcoming 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.   

  • Four oscillators for buckets of fat synth tones
  • Oscillator colours 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 with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth
  • Variety of modulation functions including ring modulation, cross modulation and oscillator sync
  • -12dB and -24dB filter types with 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
  • Comfortable to play and yet the most compact Roland synth ever

A few more things

You can connect the SYSTEM-1 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive audio and MIDI data.

The SYSTEM-1 can receive MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units.

The SYSTEM-1 is designed to work seamlessly and look great with other products in the AIRA series.

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.

Audio & Video

Video

Specs

Keyboard
Keyboard
25 keys (without velocity)
Sound Generator Section
Maximum Polyphony
4 voices
Registrations
8
Structure Elements
SYSTEM-1 Mode:
LFO
OSC 1, 2
SUB OSC
NOISE OSC
ENVELOPE: PITCH, FILTER, AMP
MODULATION: RING, OSC SYNC, CROSS MOD
EFFECTS: CRUSHER, REVERB, DELAY
PORTAMENTO

PLUG-OUT Mode:
Depend on PLUG-OUT software
Other
ARPEGGIO
Type: 6
Step: 6
SCATTER
Type: 10
Controllers
VOLUME knob
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.

Accessories

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Support

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