The Roland SYSTEM-8 is a direct result of over four decades of synthesizer development at Roland, including some of the most iconic instruments ever made. It absolutely nails the sound and behavior of our most sought-after classics, like the included JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and JX-3P synthesizers—and yet it does so much more. Mix and match modern and vintage oscillators and filter types with multiple dedicated effects—then split and layer them into never-before-heard new sounds. Shape every detail with the huge array of high-resolution controls and create fully realized musical ideas with the onboard polyphonic sequencer with motion recording.
The SYSTEM-8’s synth architecture draws on our deep history of research and development—and it includes authentic models of classic oscillators, filters and effects. It even has down-to-the-circuit recreations of the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and JX-3P built-in, not to mention the world of legendary synths available on Roland Cloud. But the SYSTEM-8 goes way beyond vintage.
With one of the most expansive control layouts available, the SYSTEM-8 has dozens of knobs, sliders, and buttons for you to shape your sound. Dimmable lights give you feedback as to which controls are active and let you see what’s happening in dim studios and dark stages. Controls have a logical, flowing, layout with tonal tweaking in mind. You’ll get ultra-smooth parameter changes that sound great and help you find the sweet spots.
The SYSTEM-8’s polyphonic sequencer is designed to be quick and flowing, keeping up with the rapid pace of your musical ideas. The upper and lower layers of the SYSTEM-8 each have their own dedicated sequencer which can trigger internal sounds or devices connected via USB, standard MIDI, or CV/GATE. You can record in step or real-time modes and the sequencer can even capture per-step or real-time parameter changes using motion recording. Keep things fresh and exciting with dedicated knobs for scale, gate, and shuffle as well as hands-on control of playback modes and direction.
Type: Keyboard Synthesizer with Sequencer
Sound Engine: 3 Variable Oscillators, Roland ACB sound engine
Number of Keys: 49
Type of Keys: Synth Action
Velocity Sensitive: Yes
Other Controllers: Pitchbend/Modulation lever
Polyphony: 8 Notes
Number of Presets: 64 patches, 64 performance
Oscillators: 3 x VCO
Effects Types: Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Reverb, Overdrive, Phaser and more
Sequencer: 64 step sequencer, Step/Realtime recording
Storage: SD card slot
Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (main out)
Headphones: 1 x 1/4"
USB: 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O: In/Out
Pedal Inputs: 2 x 1/4" (hold, control)
Other I/O: Trigger in, Gate out, CV out
Expansion: Host and control additional Roland Plug-Out software synths
Power Source: AC Adapter included
Weight: 13 lbs
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