The Roland System 8 AIRA Plug Out Synthesizer is a professional 49-key synthesizer that features three oscillators and delivers remarkable flexibility with unparalleled character and audio quality. The System 8 AIRA builds on its reputation and design from previous iterations, featuring improved ACB technology that gives you more control over your parameters and controls to craft virtually any sound you desire. Additionally, it includes a built-in vocoder, arpeggiator, and polyphonic ‘Chord Memory’ functions.
One of the most unique and innovative features of the Roland System 8 AIRA is the new ‘PLUG-OUT’ technology that allows you to access plug-in versions of classic Roland synthesizers directly from the System-8, eliminating the need for a computer. This gives you unprecedented access to a wide range of classic Roland synthesizers that have been emulated in plug-in form for use with the System-8. The System-8 can also host and control up to three Roland Plug-Out software synthesizers, plus brand new JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs.
ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) Technology
The Roland System 8 AIRA features the latest generation of the renowned Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology that enables you to recreate the sound and behavior of classic analog synthesizers. The new SYSTEM-8 synthesizer features the most advanced ACB engine yet, powering the eight voices of polyphony, plus the three oscillators, hi-resolution filters, and versatile LFOs. The ACB engine provides expressive and diverse sounds, allowing you to create a wide range of tones from classic analog-style pads and basses to dynamic lead synths and other-worldly textures, ideal for sound designers.
Designed for optimal controllability and sound design, the Roland System 8 AIRA includes a wide range of versatile controls that allow you to craft, mold, and edit sounds to your desire. The polyphonic 64-step sequencer features a TR-REC style interface with dedicated controls to play, record, and manipulate loop sequences, perfect for live performances and music productions. An arpeggio function is also included complete with quick-access knobs for switching between patterns and styles in real-time. The System-8 even features a built-in advanced vocoder, allowing you to use your voice and words to control the sound while playing notes for unique melodies. Chord Memory functionality allows you to trigger polyphonic note stacks with a single key, ideal for live performances where more complex chords may be required. The System-8 also features three expansion slots that can host and control Roland’s PLUG-OUT software synths, including SH-2, SH101, PROMARS, and more.
Intuitive Design & Layout
The System-8 AIRA features a highly intuitive and ergonomic layout that presents all the prominent controls you need in the optimal position, giving you a hands-on experience when it comes to sound creation and performance expression. There are a wide range of filter types included, thanks to the advanced ACB engine, including a side-band filter taken from Roland’s influential V-Synth. There is also a range of top-quality effects included for adding character and ambiance, including everything from overdrive and distortion to chorus, reverb, and more. The wide range of synth parameters and hands-on controls makes creating new sounds a breeze.
While the System-8 excels as a stand-alone performance instrument, it can also integrate easily within a music production environment, allowing you to utilize the System-8 with your favorite DAW. The synth features a built-in USB audio/MIDI interface for connecting to a digital audio workstation, and the 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys provide a dynamic
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