Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.
- Four oscillators for buckets of fat synth tones
- Oscillator colors create continuous waveform changes from simple to complex
- All parameters can be controlled with physical knobs and sliders with LED indicators
- Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter function
- Scatter jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth
- -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters
- Tone knob for easy tonal balancing
- Crusher knob for modern edge
- Integrated delay and reverb effects
- Tempo syncing for LFO and delay
- Innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal-sized keys
- Comfortable to play, yet the most compact Roland synth ever
73 Physical Controls. 100 Percent Synth.
Meet the SYSTEM-1, a synthesizer that’s probably unlike any you’ve encountered before. At its heart is Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, which we use to carefully analyze every aspect of analog circuits and then faithfully recreate them down to the finest details. This technology fills the SYSTEM-1, creating a fusion of beautifully classic and utterly modern synthesizer tones.
The SYSTEM-1 not only sounds amazing, but also has a totally innovative design with performance-ready controls, quality construction, and a dizzying array of lights and knobs and sliders that proclaim unashamedly: “I am synthesizer. Hear me roar.” Sound good? There’s more…
Plug In and PLUG-OUT
The SYSTEM-1 can control—and even host—software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers. That’s right—the SYSTEM-1 gives you access to plug-in versions of legendary Roland synths, and they can be hosted in the SYSTEM-1 itself, with no computer required. You can even switch between the SYSTEM-1’s internal sounds and those of the hosted plug-in. We call this wizardry “PLUG-OUT,” and we’re pretty excited about it.
We think you’ll be excited too once you experience the supreme authenticity of the upcoming SH-101 soft synth, with the SYSTEM-1 providing an intuitive and fully automatic one-to-one control interface that just works. Let’s be honest: who could make a better plug-in version of a classic Roland synth than Roland? And the SH-101 is just the beginning—more PLUG-OUT synths are on the way.
A Few More Things
The SYSTEM-1 looks great, and is designed to work seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series. In addition, you can connect the SYSTEM-1 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information to sync with external devices and other AIRA units.
SYSTEM-1 Version 1.1 New Features
- Backup and Restore — Manage your presets with easy backup and restore over USB.
- Snapshot — Sends all current knob and slider settings as control change message.
- Fix LPF CUTOFF Resolution — The increment size for “LPF CUTOFF” when “MODE = SYSTEM-1” was modified.
- Other Fixes — General improvements to overall operation and PLUG-OUT functionality.
Audio & Video
Sounds of the SYSTEM-1
Adrian Marsi of Roland Canada gives you a tour of the SYSTEM-1's sounds and creative features.
A short tutorial on the SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer.
SH-101 PLUG-OUT Introduction
Check out how Roland’s ground-breaking PLUG-OUT technology works, and get a look at the first PLUG-OUT synthesizer for SYSTEM-1—a complete replica of the iconic SH-101.
With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is the new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today's electronic musicians.
AIRA in Miami
The Roland crew hit Miami Music Week with AIRA, and we thought we’d show you some of what happened. We shared AIRA with a lot of big artists, and, as you can see, it caused quite a stir and blew a lot of minds.
Movement Detroit 2014
The Roland AIRA crew headed to Movement in Detroit—a city integral to the history of electronic music and to our history as a company. AIRA gear was in lots of the performance rigs, keeping the music thumping and the crowds jumping.
Analog Circuit Behavior
Go behind the scenes and learn how Roland's newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some our most revered classics.
Artists First Contact
Groundbreaking artists talk about their experiences with Roland instruments and make first contact with the AIRA gear.
Artists Arthur Baker, Ricardo Villalobos, Hardfloor, Netsky, Dr Meaker, A Guy Called Gerald and Boys Noize talk about their experiences with Roland instruments and discuss the joys and challenges of performing electronic music live.
TR-909 Rhythm Composer
Roland engineers discuss the technologies involved in getting the right sounds for the successor to the TR-808. The TR-909 Rhythm Composer evolved from the TR-808, adding digital samples and MIDI. House and Techno were born. Now the next step begins.
TR-808 Rhythm Machine
Roland Engineers discuss the initial concept of the TR-808 which was conceived and built in 1980. Although it was designed to create “backing tracks,” creative musicians started to use the Rhythm Machine as an instrument and music changed forever. Now the evolution begins again.
- 25 keys (without velocity)
- Sound Generator Section
- Maximum Polyphony
- 4 voices (SYSTEM-1 Mode)
- User Memory
- Structure Elements (SYSTEM-1 Mode)
- [Oscillator Section]
Wave Form: SAW､SQUARE､TRIANGLE､SAW2､SQUARE2､TRIANGLE2
Knobs: COLOR､MODULATION Source (MANUAL, LFO, P.ENV, F.ENV, A.ENV､SUB OSC), OCTAVE, TUNE
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, ENVELOPE Depth
Modulation: CROSS Modulator, RING Modulator, Oscillator SYNC
Sub Oscillator: -1oct/-2oct
Noise: WHITE Noise/PINK Noise
Key Mode: MONO/UNISON/POLY
Type: LPF (-12dB/-24dB), HPF
Knobs: LPF CUTOFF, RESONANCE, HPF CUTOFF, KEY Follow
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN Level, RELEASE Time, ENVELOPE Depth
Envelope: ATTACK Time, DECAY Time, SUSTAIN Level, RELEASE Time
Waveform: SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, Sample&Hold, Random
Knobs: FADE TIME, RATE, PITCH, FILTER, AMP
Controller: LFO KEY TRIGER, TEMPO SYNC
Level: OSC 1, OCS 2, SUB OSC, NOISE
TONE, CRUSHER, REVERB, DELAY, DELAY TIME
- Structure Elements (PLUG-OUT Mode)
- Depend on PLUG-OUT software
- Type: 6
- Type: 10
- VOLUME knob
PITCH BEND/SCATTER jog dial
SCATTER TYPE dial
KEY HOLD button
OCTAVE UP/DOWN buttons
Power Switch (Rear)
- PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
PEDAL (HOLD) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
PEDAL (CONTROL) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
DC IN jack
- Power Supply
- AC Adaptor
- Current draw
- 850 mA
- Owner's manual
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
- Options (sold separately)
- Pedal switch: DP Series, Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U
Expression pedal: EV-5
- Size and Weight
- 472 mm
- 283 mm
- 70 mm
- 2.4 kg
5 lbs. 5 oz.
The SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the iconic SH-101 synthesizer.
The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 Synthesizer from 1979.
Momentary footswitch for use with keyboards and recording products.
Durable metal footswitch available in latching and unlatching types.
Durable pedals for controlling a wide range of effects parameters.
Comfortable and lightweight open-air headphones optimized for digital pianos.
Light and comfortable headphones with 40mm drivers and rotating earpieces.
Open Air Headphones
Professional studio headphones with open air design.
Comfortable and accurate headphones for superior monitoring.
Offer the clarity, sonic accuracy, and comfort needed for mixing and silent practice.
Roland’s top-of-the-line headphones.
RH-5 headphones are perfect for electronic musical instruments such as Roland’s digital pianos and V-Drums.
Attractive in-ear headphones with deeper bass and extended frequency performance.
Updates & Drivers
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