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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A plastic, light beast of a synth

PaddyT, 26.04.2018
As my header says, its plastic, light and comprehensive.
The plastic doesn't bend, feels ok, but still gives me the De-Ja-Vue of these old Casio keyboards of the late 80's. There are plenty -and some!- of editing features, but comes short in timbrality (2 channels max) and polyphony (8 voice max). I actually think my Korg R3 offers a bit of the same, for less money. The sound is offcourse well ok, where the system 8 engine actually covers the already installed plug-outs, so I didn't use them too often. The whole package feels a bit out of balance, quality - wise.
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