Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 2015 — Roland announces the
SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer. Part of the
AIRA series, this new soft synth is a modern reproduction of Roland’s
now-legendary semi-modular SYSTEM-100 monosynth. It integrates the
features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and
Model 102 Expander units to deliver a fat and uniquely versatile,
two-oscillator monosynth with modular routing capabilities. Designed for
use with Roland’s SYSTEM-1 and 1m, as well as Mac and PC hosts, the new
SYSTEM-100 uses Analog Circuit Behavior to faithfully
recreate every detail of the warm, expansive sound of the original.
Read Keyboard’s previous plug-out synth reviews:
in 1975 and still sought-after to this day, the distinctive SYSTEM-100
broke new ground for monosynths. Its modular patching capabilities
complemented ultra-fat oscillators and
creamy filters to vastly increase sound design options. Pairing a Model
101 Synthesizer with a Model 102 Expander provided two VCOs and two
LFOs, as well as Sample and Hold, Ring Modulation and a Noise Generator,
along with modular routing capabilities.
new SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer perfectly reproduces the
sound and behavior of this legendary instrument and is brought to life
with Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB). A number
of modern additions are also included, to improve upon the original
features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander
are now combined into a single interface, allowing patch-free use of
both VCOs, both LFOs, S&H, Ring Mod and more.
The signal path can be altered and parameters modulated by connecting
virtual cables between the patch points. A new 14x15 Routing Matrix
offers super-quick patching with all connections visually reflected on
the control panel.
with other Roland PLUG-OUTs, there are dual ADSR envelopes (VCF and
VCA) and advanced pattern generation via the Scatter-equipped
Arpeggiator. Six arpeggio types with six step settings
combine with variable Scatter type and depth to create a broad
selection of patterns. A lush phaser with modulation inputs joins the
reverb and delay.
SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer offers seamless integration
and unique capabilities for SYSTEM-1 and SYSTEM-1m owners, including
high-resolution, knob-per-function hardware
control, stand-alone portability, and both virtual and physical routing
and modulation capabilities (1m only).
connected to a computer, a SYSTEM-1/1m functions as a dedicated
controller for the SYSTEM-100. Sounds can be transferred back and forth
between the hardware and software, and the SYSTEM-1/1m
can act as a high-quality audio and MIDI interface. Users can also
PLUG-OUT directly to the SYSTEM-1/1m, creating a stand-alone hardware
SYSTEM-100 synthesizer with real physical controls that can go anywhere
and doesn’t require a computer.