Hey, business owners! Buy gear before the end of the year & write it off! Learn more.

Roland SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer

Plug-out synthesizer delivering a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths

View more products from:

Roland
Included with your purchase:
  • Free Shipping (USA)
  • Free Tech Support
  • Free Extended Warranty
Our Price: $1,499.00

36-month financing with the Vintage King credit card

Due to the special nature of this item, we order each unit fresh from the factory, exclusively for you! Lead times may vary so please chat, call or email for up-to-date inventory status. We'll get it to you quicker than you can say "Get me my gear!"

Need expert advice? Click here.

Product Description
Additional Information
Reviews
  • Product Description

    Powerful and deep, the Roland 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.

    Advanced Sound Engine

    Roland’s universally acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior approach accurately recreates historic analog sounds with forward-thinking technology. The SYSTEM-8 is equipped with the most advanced ACB engine yet, which offers eight voices of polyphony, three oscillators (including a sub oscillator option), and silky-smooth filters with ultra-detailed resolution. It’s easy to dial up warm pads, fat basses, expressive lead tones, and more, all inspired by the rich sonic character of the legendary SYSTEM series. Reaching beyond the retro vibe, the versatile SYSTEM-8 is also capable of producing crisp, dynamic tones and evocative textures that are ideal for modern sound designers.

    PLUG-OUT Expansion

    In addition to its impressive internal sound engine, the SYSTEM-8 features three expansion slots for hosting and controlling Roland’s PLUG-OUT software synths. JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs are included, giving you immediate access to authentic sonic reproductions of these Roland classics. Optional PLUG-OUTs such as the SH-2, SH-101, PROMARS, and others are supported as well. Using the SYSTEM-8’s Performance mode, you’re able to combine the internal synth engine and hosted PLUG-OUTs to create super-synth patches with layered voices, custom splits, and more.

    Please note: Preloaded JUNO-106 is scheduled for release in 2017 by SYSTEM-8 update. Support for SYSTEM-8 on previously released plug-out synths to be available soon.

    Maximum Sonic Control

    With its comprehensive interface, the SYSTEM-8 offers countless ways to shape sounds and discover new ones. The panel is packed with direct-access controls for dynamic sound creation and live performance expression. Many hi-res filter types are available courtesy of the advanced ACB engine, including a powerful side-band filter inherited from Roland’s influential V-Synth. Tons of top-notch effects are on hand for adding character and ambience, from overdrive, distortion, and fuzz to delay, chorus, reverb, and more. And just like the numerous synth parameters, the effects have grab-and-go controls that make it simple to enhance sounds as you play.

    Creative Toolbox

    Designed to inspire, the SYSTEM-8 is filled with intuitive performance tools to spark your creativity. The 64-step sequencer features a familiar TR-REC style interface and dedicated controls to record, play, and manipulate loop sequences in real time. While building your sequences, you can capture single notes or full chords, as well as all your knob and slider moves. The Arpeggio function is equipped with quick-access knobs for switching patterns and styles as you play, while Chord Memory allows you to trigger polyphonic note stacks with a single key. The SYSTEM-8 even has an advanced vocoder built in, offering another expressive option for delivering unique and memorable synth performances.

    USB and CV/Gate

    While the SYSTEM-8 excels as a performance instrument, it easily integrates with your production software and external gear. The synth functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface for your DAW, and the 49 full-size keys provide a responsive, great-feeling keyboard for recording MIDI tracks. There’s even a control surface mode for using the SYSTEM-8’s knobs, sliders, and buttons with your soft synths. And with the built-in CV/Gate outputs, you can send note/pitch data from the synth engine and step sequencer to trigger your modular synths and retro gear.

    Features:

    • 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

    Specifications:

    • Maximum Polyphony: 8 voices (MODEL: SYSTEM-8)
    • User Memory: Patch 64 (8 memories x 8 banks, per one model) / Performance 64 (8 memories x 8 banks)

    LFO Section

    • Variation: 1 (Single LFO), 2 (Dual LFO), 3 (Resonanced Pulse LFO)
    • VARIATION 1: SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random
    • VARIATION 2: 6 types
    • VARIATION 3: 6 types
    • Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
    • Controllers: KEY TRIGGER, TRIGGER ENVELOPE

    Oscillator 1 Section

    • Oscillator 1 SectionVariation: 1, 2
    • VARIATION 1: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2
    • VARIATION 2: 6 types
    • Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3), OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2), COARSE TUNE, FINE TUNE
    • Modulation: CROSS Modulator

    Oscillator 2 Section

    • Variation: 1, 2
    • VARIATION 1: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2
    • VARIATION 2: 6 types
    • Knobs: COLOR, MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3), OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2), COARSE TUNE, FINE TUNE
    • Modulation: RING Modulator, Oscillator SYNC

    Oscillator 3/Sub Oscillator Section

    • Variation: 1, 2
    • Waveform: SINE (-2 octave), SINE (-1 octave), SINE, TRIANGLE、TRIANGLE (-1 octave)、TRIANGLE (-2 octave)
    • Knobs: COLOR, TUNE

    Mixer Section

    • Level: OSC 1, OSC 2, OSC 3/SUB OSC, NOISE
    • Noise: WHITE Noise/PINK Noise

    Pitch Section

    • Knob: ENVELOPE Depth
    • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time

    Filter Section

    • Variation: 1, 2
    • VARIATION 1: LPF (-24 dB), LPF (-18 dB), LPF (-12 dB), HPF (-12 dB), HPF (-18 dB), HPF (-24 dB)
    • VARIATION 2: 6 types
    • Knobs: CUTOFF, RESONANCE, VELOCITY SENS, ENVELOPE Depth, KEY Follow, HPF CUTOFF
    • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time

    Amplifier Section

    • Knobs: VELOCITY SENS, TONE, LEVEL
    • Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN LEVEL, RELEASE Time

    Effect Section

    • Type: OVER DRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER
    • Knobs: TONE, DEPTH

    Delay/Chorus Section

    • Type: DELAY, PANNING DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS
    • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL

    Reverb Section

    • Type: AMBIENCE, ROOM, HALL 1, HALL 2, PLATE, MODULATION
    • Knobs: TIME, LEVEL

    Other Section

    • Knobs: PORTAMENTO, TEMPO
    • Controller: LEGATO, TEMPO SYNC
    • Key Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY

    Step Sequencer

    • Track
    • 1 per Patch (step pattern is saved as a patch)

    Step

    • 1 - 64 steps

    Recording Method

    • Step recording
    • Realtime recording

    Controllers

    • SCALE, PLAY MODE, GATE, SHUFFLE, FIRST STEP, LAST STEP

    Connectors

    • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
    • OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
    • INPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • CV/GATE OUTPUT jacks: Miniature phone type
    • (CV: This jack supports OCT/V (Hz/V is not supported). GATE: This jack outputs +10 V.)
    • TRIGGER IN jack: Miniature phone type
    • PEDAL (HOLD, CONTROL) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    • USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
    • DC IN jack
  • Additional Information

    Condition New
    Package Contents Includes owner's manual, AC adaptor, power cord
    Length 14.4 in
    Width 34.7 in
    Height 4.2 in
    Unit Weight 13 lb
    Input Connectors 1/4 in. TRS
    Output Connectors 1/4 in. TRS
    Computer Connection USB
    MIDI Connections In, Out
  • Reviews

    This product currently has no reviews.

    Write Your Own Review

    Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register