The "plug-out" synthesizer.
The SYSTEM-1 is a culmination of Roland's SYSTEM 100 and now almost mythical SYSTEM 700 synthesizers. Born in the '70s, these modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and cha...
"Did I hear somebody say Wild PiTcH?! I gotta tell you that recently I've been re-releasing my Wild Pitch stuff from the 90s, and when it came to recreating the sounds I used on those tracks, the System-1 was the only keyboard that could emulate the [Juno 106](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-106-synthesizer) bass patch I used for 90% of my Wild Pitch tracks. Do I really have to list any other reason I have this in the studio? I didn't think so." From [Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/)more
Equipment & Software used on 'SYNTHWAVES':THORSTEN QUAESCHNING: Software: Steinberg Cubase 8 &8.5Hardware: Manikin Schrittmacher Step-Sequencer x 2Manikin MemotronRoland Jupiter 8 synthesizerRoland JD800 synthesizerDave Smith Prophet 8 synthesizerARP Solina MK2 string synthesizerKorg Wavestation Ex synthesizerWaldorf Microwave synthesizerMoog Voyager monophonic synthesizerModular synthesizerRoland V Synth synthesizerKorg Z1 synthesiserKorg Prophecy synthesiserKorg M1 synthesizerClavia Nordwave synthesizerYamaha TG77 synthesizer moduleRoland System 1 synthesizerRoland JU06 synthesizer moduleKorg MS20 monophonic synthesizerRoland JP08 synthesizer moduleRoland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machineOberheim DMX drum machineRoland Promars synthesizerFender Starcaster guitarFender Telecaster guitarFender Stratocaster guitarScrewdriver on wood and contact microphones,Several boxes with contact microphonesA field recording of bees in Thorsten's garden, edited on Cubase and then treated with Melodyne & Halion - and finally used for the lead melody line on 'A Calm But Steady Flow'.(Software synthesizers): Spectrasonics Omnisphere synthesizer, Spectrasonics Keyscapemore
The "plug-out" synthesizer.
The SYSTEM-1 is a culmination of Roland's SYSTEM 100 and now almost mythical SYSTEM 700 synthesizers. Born in the '70s, these modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. Over the years these two legendary instruments have been used by some of the most forward-thinking artists and recorded onto countless classic tracks, an iconic sound from decades ago.
Meet the 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.
At the heart of the SYSTEM-1's sound is Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior technology (ACB) which was used to carefully analyze every aspect of the original instruments analog 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.
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. Roland call this exciting wizardry "Plug-Out".
You'll be excited too once you experience the authenticity of the SH-101 softsynth, with the SYSTEM-1 providing an intuitive and fully automatic one-to-one control interface that just works. Let's be honest. Who could make a better plug-in version of a classic Roland synth than Roland? And the SH-101 is just the beginning.
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.
This unit brings to life all the joys of synthesis in an easy to use hands on format. The i/o capability of analog connectivity and digital USB3.0 provides extra application flexibility. Being able to sync the tempo to DAW is very helpful. Plug-Out packages will allow continued product development as well.
Allow me to start by saying that this is my first hardware synthesizer. I have only used VSTs so far, but dang...I feel like I have made a perfect first choice, especially since I'm using other Roland AIRA gear. They Key Hold function makes it simple to create a fat, harmonic drone and the arpeggio function paired with the AIRA line's thematic Scatter makes instant tweaking very accessible, because manipulating the parameters the Scatter function has control of would be nigh-impossible to do manually.
That said, I feel like I have only begun to explore the sounds that this tit bit of kit is capable of generating. Now, I am only looking more hungrily at the System-1m and delving into world modular synthesis. I'm also looking forward to the Plug-Out possibilities, though I feel like the Roland Boutique line has taken a few of them away.
I had a lot of fun with this for a while and also liked using other synth reproductions in the plug-out mode but ultimately while I tried to buy into the whole Aira concept (bought almost all the units except the System 8 (which I probably would have loved) but never really had enough arms to take advantage of it. hehe
I love the amount of knobs you have to use. The price range for system-1 gives a really good bang for buck. 64 preset slots is really great, since theres a lot to tweak, you easily find new dimensions in your sound.
Reverb and Delay sound is absolutely insane, haven't so good single emulation in a while.
Big lack for the synth is no tap tempo/delay system, since I use it mostly as a stand alone, I can't really control the tempo (of delay) effectively.