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Roland System-1

Plug-out Synthesizer

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Roland System-1
Roland System-1
500.00 street price

The first of the PLUG-OUT synthesizers by Roland. PLUG-OUT technology allows the user to load into the synthesizer sound engines to choose from. In addition to the basic one, which comes bundled with the preconfigured components, Roland Promars, SH-101 and SH-2 come as extra offer for which you need to pay, and in the future - other Roland synthesizers, such as the legendary Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 (never before have we waited to visit the future in order to return to the past).

System-1 device is a virtual analog synthesizer based on ACB technology (Advanced Circuit Behavior Modelling), which digitally recreates the whole process of generation and further alteration of the waveform.

Despite the innovations, the interface of System-1 is quite classic - the control panel features knobs for two oscillators, one LFO, a mixer of a waveform generated by oscillators, a sub-oscillator, a noise generator, AR envelope generator processors for pitch and ADSR for filter and amplification.

The synthesizer is also equipped with an excellent effect-processor and arpeggiator. Due to the compact dimensions, the two-octave keyboard has full-sized keys, but they operate far from the “full way”, which means that you have to understand and forgive many limitations, or buy System-8, where the keyboard is standard in all parameters, though lacks aftertouch.

System-1 features standard connectivity - MIDI IN/OUT connectors, USB with MIDI support. The cost is quite affordable, but only if you are a fan of analog sound and Roland classic instruments, as competitors also have something to respond with, though in a different perspective.

The operating system update version 1.1 enables the operation of data archiving and data recovery, and the firmware version 1.20 sprouted additional waveforms: noisy saw, linear FM synthesis, FM with oscillator sync, voice waves, metal clang, a logical chain for generation of multi-forms.

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Virtual Analog (VA) 
Polyphony
Voices4
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Frequency Modulation (FM)
Roland
ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour modelling) 
Oscillators per voice2
Sub-Oscillators per voice1
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
User-defined Single Voice64
Filter
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
12dB 
24dB 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Pitch1
FilterADSR
AmpADSR
ADSR 
AR 
Modulation
LFO: LFO Count1
Effects
Reverb 
Chorus 
Flanger 
Phaser 
Distortion 
Bit Crusher/ Crush 
Fuzz 
Sequencer
Step Sequencer 
Max Step Count64
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator Mode Up
Arpegiator Mode Down
Arpegiator Mode Up+Down
Arpegiator 
Arpeggio Step 1/4
Arpeggio Step 1/8
Arpeggio Step 1/16
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Mini Keys 
Velocity Sensitivity 
Size2
Number of Keys25
Display
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
Slider/ Drawbar10
Encoder36
Button25
Programmable 
Jog dial 
External controllers
Foot Controller2
CV/ Gate OUT 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Audio in
Analog 1/4"2
Computer Interfaces
USB USB PC Link
USB MIDI through USB
External drives/ memory cards
SD (SecureDisk) 
Power
Power Supply External
Amperage0.850 A
Dimensions
Height70 mm
Width881 mm
Depth472 mm
Weight2.5 kg
Case/ body
Plastic 
Color
Black 
Production start2014

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