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Features

The New Classic

Inspired by the past, built in the present, and designed for the future, the Roland SYSTEM-8 is the result of over four decades of synthesizer development. Using the most powerful hardware synthesizer heart we’ve ever created, the SYSTEM-8 has three oscillators per voice, incredible multimode filtering, a myriad of modulation opportunities, and an array of Roland-quality effects. With the many unique oscillator and filter types available, it offers a sonic palette of almost limitless potential. This is why legendary artists the world over have already made the SYSTEM-8 part of their arsenals. The Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer brings the powerful sound of this future classic to computer-based musicians and producers everywhere as part of the Roland Cloud membership!
 

  • Cutting-edge synthesizer powered by Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling
  • Retro-analog and dynamic modern sounds sweetened by powerful DSP effects
  • Many analog and digital oscillator types including Saw, Square, Triangle, FM, Logic, Vowel, and more
  • ​Several multimode filter types including authentic JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 filters
  • Versatile LFO with extensive modulation possibilities
  • ​Serves as a computer-based editor for Roland SYSTEM-8 hardware synthesizer
  • ​VST, AAX and AU compatible

 

​Beyond Vintage

The SYSTEM-8’s synth architecture draws on our deep history of research and development—and it includes a wealth of classic style oscillators, filters, and effects. But the SYSTEM-8 goes way beyond vintage. It has multiple flavors of carefully crafted digital and analog-style oscillators including Saw, Square, Triangle (and all their “Super” counterparts), FM and more completely unique waveforms. Filter options include the famous JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 filters as well as more recent designs like the unique Side Band Filter found in the V-Synth. Ever wondered what an FM synth with a JUPITER-8 filter would be like? Now you can find out. The SYSTEM-8 is unparalleled in its versatility, going from glass to growl, or pluck to punch, with just a few knob tweaks.
 

Classically-Inspired, Future-Focused

While the appearance and basic creative flow of the Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer will be very familiar to analog synth fans, its sonic potential is by no means locked in the past! An impressive three oscillators per voice can generate the full tonal range between analog sweet and digital grit, while the SYSTEM-8's incredibly powerful multimode filter section is rich with personality (actually, multiple personalities!). DSP Effects are an integral part of the modern synthesist's workflow, and the Roland SYSTEM-8's multiple dedicated effects processors won’t disappoint.
 
 

Ultimate Programming & Performance Control

For synthesizer power-users, combining the Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer with its hardware brother is an unbeatable pairing! You’ll love being able to play and shape your sounds with a great-feeling, velocity-sensitive keyboard with dedicated physical controls for nearly every function. And the SYSTEM-8 hardware is also a high-quality, high-resolution USB audio/MIDI interface making live or setups clean and simple. If you perform live, you’ll appreciate being able to transfer your SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer patches to your hardware and take to the stage computer-free!
 

Specs

Specifications

Maximum Polyphony 8 voice
LFO Variation (1, 2, 3)
Waveform:
<VARIATION 1>: SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random
<VARIATION 2>: 6 types (Dual LFO)
<VARIATION 3>: 6 types (Resonanced Pulse LFO)
FADE TIME
RATE
PITCH
FILTER
AMP
KEY TRIGGER (ON, OFF)
TRIGGER ENVELOPE (ON, OFF)
OSC1 Variation (1, 2)
Waveform:
<VARIATION 1>: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2
<VARIATION 2>: Noise Saw, Logic Operation, FM, FM+SYNC, Vowel, CB
COLOR
MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3)
OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
COARSE TUNE
FINE TUNE
CROSS Modulator
OSC2 Variation (1, 2)
Waveform: 
<VARIATION 1>: SAW, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SAW2, SQUARE2, TRIANGLE2
<VARIATION 2>: Noise Saw, Logic Operation, FM, FM+SYNC, Vowel, CB
COLOR
MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV, OSC 3)
OCTAVE (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
COARSE TUNE
FINE TUNE
RING Modulator (ON, OFF)
Oscillator SYNC (ON, OFF)
 
OSC3/SUB OSC Waveform (SINE -2 octave, SINE -1 octave, SINE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE -1 octave, TRIANGLE -2 octave)
COLOR
TUNE
Mixer OSC 1
OSC 2
OSC 3/SUB OSC
NOISE
NOISE TYPE (WHITE Noise, PINK Noise)
Pitch ENVELOPE Depth
ATTACK Time
DECAY Time
Filter Variation (1, 2, 3)
Filter Type: 
<VARIATION 1>: LPF (-24 dB), LPF (-18 dB), LPF (-12 dB), HPF (-12 dB), HPF (-18 dB), HPF (-24 dB),
<VARIATION 2>: 6 types (Side Band Filter)
CUTOFF
RESONANCE
VELOCITY SENS
ENVELOPE Depth
KEY Follow
HPF CUTOFF
ATTACK Time
DECAY Time
SUSTAIN LEVEL
RELEASE Time
Amplifier VELOCITY SENS
TONE
LEVEL
ATTACK Time
DECAY Time
SUSTAIN LEVEL
RELEASE Time
Effect Type (OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER)
TONE
DEPTH
Delay/Chorus Type (DELAY, PANNING DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS)
TIME
LEVEL
Reverb Type (AMBIENCE, ROOM, HALL 1, HALL 2, PLATE, MODULATION)
TIME
LEVEL
Controller BEND SENS PITCH
BEND SENS FILTER
MOD SENS PITCH
MOD SENS FILTER
PORTAMENTO
LEGATO (ON, OFF)
BEND RANGE
BEND GAIN (1, 2, 3, 4)
TEMPO SYNC (ON, OFF)
KEY ASSIGN (POLY, MONO, UNISON)
KEY HOLD (ON, OFF)
OCTAVE (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3)
CONDITION
Arpeggio ARPEGGIO (ON, OFF)
ARP TYPE (1OCT UP, 1OCT U+D, 1OCT DOWN, 2OCT DOWN, 2OCT U+D, 2OCT UP)
ARP STEP (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/4T, 1/8T, 1/16T)
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Tune 430.0 Hz--450.0 Hz
Patches per bank 64 preset
Plugin-Formats VSTi 2.4 (64 bits) * Windows only
VSTi 3.6 (64 bits)
AU
 

System Requirements (macOS™)

Operating System macOS™ 10.9 or later
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU Intel®  Core™ i5 or better (Quad-core CPU recommended)
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
The SYSTEM-8 driver must be installed on your computer to connect this software to the SYSTEM-8.

System Requirements (Windows®)

Operating System1 Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10
Incompatible with Windows® RT, Windows® Phone or virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC.
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU Intel®  Core™ i5 or better (Quad-core CPU recommended)
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
The SYSTEM-8 driver must be installed on your computer to connect this software to the SYSTEM-8.


1. Although Roland has tested numerous configurations and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.

Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. 

Support

Software Synthesizer Install Guide (English)

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System-8 Software Synthesizer Owner's Manual (English)

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Release Notes

  • Version 1.30 - Summer of SYSTEM-8 Patch

    September 13, 2018

    The SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer Version 1.3 includes these major new features:

    • Two new FM oscillators (each with six variations).
      • Variation 1 has six FM waveforms produced by two sine-wave operators
      • Variation 2 has a combination of three sine-wave operations and two triangle-wave oscillators
    • Five new filter variations:
      • JUPITER-8 high/low-pass filters
      • JUNO-106 high/low-pass filters
      • Two different formant filters that bring "human voice" or "vowel" elements
      • A harmonic filter that uses feedback to vary the overtone