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.
SYSTEM-1 VERSION 1.20 NEW FEATURES
Memory function — You can use eight banks, allowing you to store a total of 64 patch memories (8 patch memories x 8 banks).
Expanded waveforms added to OSC 1 / OSC 2 — You can use expanded waveforms to make your sounds.
Noise Saw: A sawtooth wave with movement similar to an analog circuit. Ideal for making fat sounds.
Logic Operation: A waveform that uses a logic circuit to combine multiple waveforms.
FM: A frequency-modulated waveform.
FM+Sync: Syncs a frequency-modulated waveform to the OSC pitch to produce a scale.
Vowel: A waveform similar to human voice.
CB: A metallic one-shot sound.
- Keyboard: 25 keys (without velocity)
SOUND GENERATOR SECTION
- Maximum Polyphony: 4 voices (SYSTEM-1 Mode)
- User Memory: 8
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
- Step: 6
- Type: 10
- Depth: 10
- VOLUME knob
- TEMPO knob
- PORTAMENTO knob
- LEGATO button
- PITCH BEND/SCATTER jog dial
- SCATTER TYPE dial
- KEY HOLD button
- OCTAVE UP/DOWN buttons
- MOD button
- 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
- AC adaptor
- 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
- 18-10/16 inches
- 283 mm
- 11-3/16 inches
- 70 mm
- 2-13/16 inches
- 2.4 kg
- 5 lbs. 5 oz.