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.
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
With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is the new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today's electronic musicians.
AIRA in Miami
The Roland crew hit Miami Music Week with AIRA, and we thought we’d show you some of what happened. We shared AIRA with a lot of big artists, and, as you can see, it caused quite a stir and blew a lot of minds.
Artists First Contact
Groundbreaking artists talk about their experiences with Roland instruments and make first contact with the AIRA gear.
SH-101 PLUG-OUT Introduction
Check out how Roland’s ground-breaking PLUG-OUT technology works, and get a look at the first PLUG-OUT synthesizer for SYSTEM-1—a complete replica of the iconic SH-101.
Sounds of the SYSTEM-1
Adrian Marsi of Roland Canada gives you a tour of the SYSTEM-1's sounds and creative features.
Analog Circuit Behavior
Go behind the scenes and learn how Roland's newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some our most revered classics.
Movement Detroit 2014
The Roland AIRA crew headed to Movement in Detroit—a city integral to the history of electronic music and to our history as a company. AIRA gear was in lots of the performance rigs, keeping the music thumping and the crowds jumping.
Artists Arthur Baker, Ricardo Villalobos, Hardfloor, Netsky, Dr Meaker, A Guy Called Gerald and Boys Noize talk about their experiences with Roland instruments and discuss the joys and challenges of performing electronic music live.
TR-909 Rhythm Composer
Roland engineers discuss the technologies involved in getting the right sounds for the successor to the TR-808. The TR-909 Rhythm Composer evolved from the TR-808, adding digital samples and MIDI. House and Techno were born. Now the next step begins.
Artists First Contact - Todd Terry and Kenny Dope
Dance music legends Todd Terry and Kenny Dope check out the AIRA TR-8, TB-3, and VT-3.
Artists First Contact - Oscar G
Pioneering DJ and dance music producer Oscar G checks out the AIRA TR-8, TB-3, and VT-3.
TR-808 Rhythm Machine
Roland Engineers discuss the initial concept of the TR-808 which was conceived and built in 1980. Although it was designed to create “backing tracks,” creative musicians started to use the Rhythm Machine as an instrument and music changed forever. Now the evolution begins again.
Artists First Contact - MATOM
Groundbreaking electronic duo MATOM (RADIO SLAVE & CAGEDBABY) check out the AIRA TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, and SYSTEM-1.
Artists First Contact - Germano Studios
The staff at the famous Germano Studios in NYC tell us how they feel about their new AIRA gear.
- 25 keys (without velocity)
- Sound Generator Section
- Maximum Polyphony
- 4 voices
- Structure Elements
- SYSTEM-1 Mode:
OSC 1, 2
ENVELOPE: PITCH, FILTER, AMP
MODULATION: RING, OSC SYNC, CROSS MOD
EFFECTS: CRUSHER, REVERB, DELAY
Depend on PLUG-OUT software
- Type: 6
- Type: 10
- VOLUME knob
PITCH BEND/SCATTER jog dial
SCATTER TYPE dial
KEY HOLD button
OCTAVE UP/DOWN buttons
Power Switch (Rear)
- 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
- Owner's manual
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
- Options (sold separately)
- Pedal switch: DP Series, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U
Expression pedal: EV-5
- Size and Weight
- 472 mm
- 283 mm
- 70 mm
- 2.4 kg
5 lbs. 5 oz.
Updates & Drivers
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