Roland System-8

PLUG-OUT Synthesiser

  • Versatile performance synthesiser with ACB technology and 49 buttons in normal size
  • Internal tone generation provides classic analogue sounds and dynamically modern sounds
  • Control up to three PLUG-OUT synthesisers
  • Detailed low-pass, high-pass and side-band filters with high-resolution settings
  • Comprehensive real-time control via dedicated rotary and sliding controllers as well as push buttons
  • Polyphony step sequencer with the well-known TR-REC control, arpeggiator, vocoder and polyphony chord memory functions
  • CV/Gate outputs for controlling modular synthesisers and vintage devices
  • Wide selection of integrated effects with dedicated controllers
  • USB audio / MIDI interface and controller mode
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 881 x 364 x 109 mm
  • Weight: 5.9 kg
  • Including power supply and license for JUPITER-8 PLUG-OUT as well as the JUNO-106 PLUG-OUT, which is expected to be released in 2017
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Further information

Number Of Keys 49
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Sound Engine Modeling
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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Most underrated modern synth?

markodarko, 29.05.2018
Firstly, I will prefix this review by saying that I didn't buy this synth in order to get the Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 plugouts as they're not really my cup of tea, however, they are very well implemented on the System-8 and sound fantastic.

I just use the System-8's native engine as I believe it sounds really lovely. It is very versatile sonically and creating sounds with a knob-per-function interface is a true joy. There are lots of filter types (18 at time of writing) and lots of oscillator shapes - including one called "FM" which is very handy.

Many people complain that it only has one LFO but this isn't a limitation at all because like the Korg Minilogue, it has a 4-lane motion sequencer - except on the System-8 it has 64 steps so you can "record" all manner of movements into your sounds and play back those movements for every key stroke. This allows you to completely shape a sound to your liking in an intuitive way by "playing" the controls as you record them as opposed to having to "program" those changes with a complex modulation matrix etc.

The other benefit is that it can output audio via USB at 96kHz along with the MIDI so that saves a channel of your audio interface as well!

All in all, it's a fantastic synth. The only downside to some is that there is no aftertouch on the keyboard, but that doesn't personally bother me.

I would definitely buy this synth again if anything happened to mine. Highly recommended.
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Best sounding VA synth

RevX, 26.03.2018
Great synth with classic sounding. Better than unreliable Roland Juno 106 for almost equal price today.
Juno 106 plugout have some nice features that original Juno 106 doesn't support but Juno 60 has (envelope PWM). And you can use two envelopes. So it can emulate Juno 60/6 sounds.

Pros:
* Great sound of plugouts that equal to original devices. (in blind tests system8 is winner for analogue warmth)
* Great sounding system 8 engine (with system 100 filter especially)
* Almost all features can be tuned without menu
* Lightweight ;)

Cons:
* One LFO but this can be fixed by motion sequences
* Not best onboard effects
* Plastic case (but not really a problem)
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