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Roland System-1 Synth | System One

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Manufacturer's ID: SYSTEM1

Meet the Roland Aira 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.

Specification

Analogue Circuit Behavior technology
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. Sound good?

There’s more
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.

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 that proclaim – unashamedly - “I am synthesizer. Hear me roar.”

Features
  • 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
  • Filter types vary between -12dB and -24dB and include 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 that are
  • 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.


Inputs + Outputs
  • 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


Size + Weight
  • 472 (W) x 283 (D) x 70 (H) mm
  • 18-5/8 (W) x 11-3/16 (D) x 2-13/16 (H) inches
  • Weight 2.4 kg/5 lbs 5 oz


What's In The Box
  • Owner's manual
  • AC adaptor
  • Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
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Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5 (3 reviews)

I am really happy with the System 1. It wasn't what I expected to buy (I was in the market for a mini synth with a vocoder) but the WYSIWYG interface and the ease with which you can alter an decrease sounds won me over. I like the in built sounds though plug-outs add something else. The recent update added extra waveforms and 64 preset locations instead of 8 and so it is now and even better synth! I actually like the keys and don't mind the pitch bend 'dial' but the modulation switch it pants and the lack of key velocity a shame but not the end of the world for me. In short this synth is great fun and great for sound designers and anyone into songwriting and synthesis. The pluses: the sound, the interface, the high quality reverb and okay delay, the size/weight, the audio interface. The minuses: mod button, audio interface way too quiet, free SH101 plug-out only works occasionally (thank god I plugged it out to the System 1) - Roland are investigating as it has them stumped too, the fact you can only have one plug-out, but that's life! Overall: while I sometimes wish I had a Mini/Microbrute SE or Bass Station 2 for the sequencer or a JDXi for the vocoder I know that for me I made the right choice. Also, I am sure that Roland could a sequencer to it in a future update. The sound of the System 1 is not all that trad. analogue but it is great and would be superb for soundtracks. Th plug-outs sound great so if Roland can overcome my intermittent but persistent SH101 fault I may plump for a SH2, too!

R.L. - 20/5/2015

good instrument downloaded the sh 101 software but can't get it to sync with pc through midi ,not your problem i know its proberly me not doing something right, the software upgrade sh101 was very good looking at purchasing the sh o2 as well

R.L. - 22/1/2015

I'm one of the very lucky few (thank you Roland) who has seen, touched and played the System One at a secret event during NAMM this year. In short, out of the box this is a superb sounding synth. Excellent filters without any stepping and no aliasing from the oscillators. With the promise of "Plug-Out" technology, Roland are offering a product that has so much potential it's frightening. I can't wait for the SH-101 plug-in and I really hope they do a Juno-106 also.

Rowan - 14/2/2014

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