The bleeding edge from the backs of giants

Cutting-edge software synthesizer powered by Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling

 

Features

Inspired by the past, built in the present, designed for the future, the Roland SYSTEM-8 Synthesizer is a virtual analog powerhouse. Sonic Waveforms are pumped-out from the most powerful hardware synthesizer heart ever created by Roland. Three oscillators per voice, incredible multimode filtering, a myriad of modulation opportunities, and Roland-quality DSP effects create a sonic palette of almost limitless potential, which is why legendary artists the world over have already made the Roland SYSTEM-8 part of their arsenals. The Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer brings the powerful sound of this incredible Next Legend to computer-based musicians and producers everywhere as part of a Roland Cloud membership!
  • Cutting-edge keyboard synthesizer powered by Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling
  • Retro-analog and dynamic modern sounds sweetened by powerful DSP effects
  • Silky smooth multimode filters and extensive modulation possibilities
  • Serves as a computer-based editor for Roland SYSTEM-8 hardware synthesizer
  • VST and AU compatible 

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, this plug-in's sonic potential is by no means locked in the past! An impressive 3 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 Multi Effects, Chorus/Delay, Reverb, and Vocoder will not disappoint!
 

Ultimate Programming & Performance Control

For synthezizer power-users, combining the Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer with its SYSTEM-8 hardware brother is an unbeatable pairing! Sound designers will love being able to play and shape their sounds with a great-feeling velocity-sensitive keyboard and dedicated physical controls for very major function, and the SYSTEM-8 hardware also serves as a high quality USB audio/MIDI interface. Live performers will appreciate being able to transfer their Patches to hardware and take the stage computer-free!

Specifications

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, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Tune 430.0 Hz--450.0 Hz
Patches per bank 64 patches
*User can make new user banks.
Plugin-Formats VSTi 2.4 64-bit * Windows only
VSTi 3.6 64-bit 
AU
 

System Requirements (macOS™)

Operating System macOS™ 10.10.5 or later
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
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
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

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

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