Mitch Gallagher demonstrates the Roland System-1 synthesizer, and shows how plug-out technology lets you play this plug-in-based synthesizer without a computer.
- 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
- The most compact Roland synth ever
The Roland System-1 has a street price of about US $600. Additional Plug-Out synths, including the SH-101 Plug-Out software synth and the SH-2 synth, are available at theRoland site.
Elliott Garage has released EGDR909, a drum machine that emulates the sound of the classic Roland TR-909.
The iPad virtual instrument lets you create tweak sounds and create beats, and supports Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, Core MIDI and clock MIDI.
You can also share your drum patterns with iTunes filse sharing or Audio Copy.
- 16 steps sequencer, with variable length
- 48 programmable rythm patterns
- Save the pattern you’ve created and play your songs
- Manual Play, Pattern Write and Pattern Clear mode
- Drumkit pieces parameters control (tuning, decay and snappy)
- Song Mode page (swipe to left to open) with loop option
- Swing and tap tempo
- Core MIDI & clock MIDI (network session, external controller, inter app midi)
- Interapp (generator)
- Export with iTunes, mail or Audio Copy
- Korg Wist sync
EGDR909 is available in the App Store for US $2.99.
The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads and wild effects. With or without a SYSTEM-1, this VST3 and AU plug-in support multiple instances and can be used in any compatible DAW. SYSTEM-1 owners get a dedicated controller and can take advantage of the SH-2’s PLUG-OUT capability and turn their SYSTEM-1 into a stand-alone, hardware SH-2 that can go anywhere and doesn’t require a computer. And this is just the beginning. More synthesizers based on Roland’s acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior are on the way.
Everything has been reproduced exactly, from the VCF which is capable of self-oscillation to the attack and long decay characteristics of the steep envelope. The unique harmonic makeup and pitch wavering are present as are the complex interactions between parameters that result from the original analog circuit design.
Even behaviors that occur only in analog circuitry are accurately reproduced, like the subtle effect on tonality when the user tweaks parameters unrelated to the actual tone being produced.
There are even some new features that were not available on the original. This new SH-2 has a VCO range that is expandable to 64′, two envelopes, reverb, delay and crusher effects, Autobend with support for reverse actions, and a tempo-syncable arpeggiator.
A remake of The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up.
Only hardware used.
Elektron Analog Four
Roland Aira TR-8
Roland Aira TB-3
Thanks Liam Howlett and “jimpavloff” for the inspiration
Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the Juno 60
supported by UVI: http://www.uvi.net
synthesizer sounds: Roland Juno-60 Analog Synthesizer (1982)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
bass: SCI Pro-One (1981)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: a bit reverb and delay
Roland SBX-1 Sync Box – new universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers
Roland has announced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers.
Equipped with USB-MIDI, standard MIDI, and DIN sync ports, the compact SBX‑1 provides a convenient way for music creators to use modern production tools and legacy analog devices together at one time. Going far beyond simple synchronization, the SBX-1 also provides hands-on control of timing and groove, and includes CV/Gate outputs for triggering old-school instruments such as the SH-101, TB-303, and TR-808.
With support for a vast array of past and present devices, the SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments from different eras seamlessly communicate and synchronize with each other. Users can easily add analog and modular synthesizers to a computer-based production environment, or design totally new and innovative live-performance setups combining Roland AIRA gear like the TR-8, TB-3, and SYSTEM-1 with vintage rhythm boxes and synths.
The SBX-1 provides USB, DIN Sync, and MIDI I/O, and any connected device can be the master clock source. The SBX-1 itself can also be the timing master, allowing control of external devices with a rock-steady modern clock. Tempo and Fine knobs plus a Tap button offer deep control of the overall groove, letting users freely adjust timing to sync up with DJs or other performers in a band.
Also included in the SBX-1 is a Shuffle function for adding variable swing to patterns generated by external sequencers and rhythm machines. This is extremely useful for working with instruments like the vintage TR-808 and TB-303, which are not equipped with onboard shuffle capability. Users can choose between 16th-note and 8th-note swing, and are able to correct timing errors on the fly with the quick-access Sync button.
With its four CV/Gate output jacks, the SBX-1 also provides the ability to control analog and modular synths with MIDI data from an external device or computer. Incoming MIDI notes and CC messages are converted and output as CV/Gate information, opening up a world of creative possibilities for fans of classic electronic instruments. In addition to external data conversion, the SBX-1 can internally generate gate trigger signals from quarter notes to 32nd notes, including triplets and dotted 8th notes.
The SBX-1 is capable of generating LFO signals that are synced to either the internal clock or an external source. Users are able to register up to five types of LFO settings and output them as CV signals simultaneously from three channels.
The CV/Gate section on the SBX-1 also features an Aux jack that has been specially optimized for the TR-8 Rhythm Performer. This dramatically speeds up performance workflow, allowing users to check values on the SBX-1’s display as they set up a TR-8 tone for gate triggering.
A mashup with Front 242 – Circling Overland and Gesaffelstein – Hate And Glory.
All live, no computer.
Elektron Analog Four
Roland Aira TR-8
Roland Aira VT-3
All video and audio c.2014 G-Storm Electro
The focus of this demo is the SH-101 plug-out: down-n-dirty short basses, basic arpeggios, and sequences from Arturia Beatstep. I don’t have an original SH-101 so I can’t comment on how similar it may be. I stayed away from tone/crusher and kept the delay/reverb to a minimum just so you could hear the SH-101 sound engine in all its monophonic glory. Some backing rhythms provided by SCI Drumtraks and Roland MC-303.
I have quite a few analog synths running in this video. First the Roland MC-909 is sequencing the Roland D-550, MKS-50, and Gray SH-101 (via Kenton Pro Solo) on top. The drums are running from the Boss RC-300 Loop Station on the floor. I am playing the Synth FX using the red Roland SH-101 and the Oberheim Matrix 1000 triggered by the Fantom X6. I then add a Roland Juno-106 synth part. Other than the sequenced parts, the entire groove is improvised. Enjoy!