Roland has launched the Aira System-8, an 8-voice polysynth that features not one, not two, but three Plug Out options on board.
As with the rest of the Aira range and latest crop of Roland releases, the System-8 will be powered by the company's Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, and Roland is partnering the new hardware with Plug Out versions of the Jupiter-8 and Juno-106.
The architecture of the System-8 is similar to that of the System-1 with the familiar Mixer, Osc1 and 2, LFO, Pitch and Mod sections all here, but there are also some additions. These include a third/sub oscillator, a 16-step sequencer, upper/lower key split, CV/Gate out and the three aforementioned Plug Out buttons.
The System-8 will be available in October 2016 with a list price of £1239/€1499 and will come bundled with the Jupiter-8 Plug Out synth, while the Juno-106 version will arrive in Spring 2017. For more information, head on over to the Roland website.
- Versatile performance synthesizer with advanced ACB technology and 49 full-size keys
- Internal sound engine delivers classic analog tones and dynamic modern sounds with analog vibe
- Hosts up to three Plug-Out synths; Jupiter-8 included and Juno-106 (coming Spring 2017)
- Advanced low-pass, high-pass, and side-band filters with high-resolution controls
- Massive real-time control with dedicated knobs, sliders, and buttons
- Polyphonic step sequencer with classic TR-REC style interface
- Arpeggio, vocoder, and polyphonic Chord Memory functions
- CV/Gate outputs for interfacing with modular synths and vintage gear
- Large selection of onboard effects with hands-on controls
- USB audio/MIDI interface and control surface mode