We were honored to welcome Scott Tibbs from Roland into the Sam Ash Spotlight to talk about the new Roland System 8 Plug Out Synthesizer. Part of Roland’s massive 909 Day product introductions, the new System 8 features Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ABC) technology for incredible sound quality that artists have come to expect from Roland’s Vintage Gear.

Oscillator Options:

Diving into the features that make the System 8 truly special, Scott starts his overview with a demo of the three distinct Oscillators available on the synth. In addition to the standard SAW Oscillator, there is also a Dual SAW Oscillator and a Sub Oscillator focused on low frequencies. Next Scott explains the vast Filter Options which include Low Pass Filters, High Pass Filters and even Side Band Filters for exploring Overtones and other subtle frequencies.

Seamless Workflow:

Transitioning to talk about Workflow, Scott gives us a view of the Keyboard showing the intuitive layout and the large selection of physical controls available on board the controller. This represents a nice contrast to other Synthesizers where features like Pitch Bend Sensitivity and Chord Memory can only be found through scrolling various menus.

Plug Out

The discussion then shifts to the Plug Out Synth feature of the System 8. A Plug Out is similar to a Software Plug In that runs on your computer. However, Roland’s Plug Outs utilize ABC Technology for improved sound quality. The System 8 includes 3 expansion slots for hosting these Plug Outs and the Synthesizer ships out of the box with Jupiter-8 and Jupiter-106 Plug Out’s. The performance mode feature on the System 8 will let you combine the internal Synth Engine with Plug Outs for the creation of intriguing soundscapes and sonic expression.

Check out Scott’s Extended System 8 Demo Below:

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Matthew Stone
Now in his 15th year with Sam Ash Music. Matt DJ’d throughout High School and College to help him pay for recording gear. Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, and French horn player who is familiar with most Band and Orchestral instruments. Matt’s a terrible drummer who loves electronic drums, because they’re easier to fix in software. Keyboards, drum machines, samplers, multi-track recorders and sequencers are his favorites, but he’s comfortable with most DAW’s. If it’s got buttons, Matt has pushed them.