Roland SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer – modern reproduction of the now-legendary semi-modular monosynth from 1975

August 28, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Roland has announced the release of the SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer, a modern reproduction of the now-legendary semi-modular monosynth from 1975.

It integrates the features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander units, resulting in an incredibly fat and uniquely versatile two oscillator monosynth with modular routing capabilities.

Designed for SYSTEM-1 and 1m as well as Mac and PC hosts, the new SYSTEM-100 uses Analog Circuit Behavior to faithfully recreate every detail of the warm, expansive sound of the original, with a level of authenticity that can only come from Roland.

SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT features

  • Perfect replica of SYSTEM-100 sound and behavior.
  • ACB provides expansive, liquid tone of the original.
  • Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander in a single instrument.
  • Sophisticated architecture with dual VCO, dual LFO, S&H, Ring Mod, Noise and more.
  • Versatile semi-modular patching capabilities.
  • Integrated Phaser with modulation inputs, Reverb and Delay.
  • Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter capabilities.
  • VST, AU and PLUG-OUT compatible.

The SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is available for purchase for 175 EUR. SYSTEM-1 and SYSTEM-1m owners receive a discounted price by logging into their account.

Roland JX-8P Sounds II

August 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The JX-8P is a decent analog polysynth. It has 6 voices of polyphony, great MIDI implementation and patch storage as well as an external memory cartridge slot. Though it is far more advanced than its predecessor, the JX-3P, the JX-8P has its drawbacks. Hands-on programming is sacrificed and reduced to assigning the parameter you want to tweak to a data-slider near the pitch/mod bender. Enter the PG-800 controller which gives you total control of all the JX-8P’s editable parameters with hands-on traditional slider control. Membrane buttons dominate the front panel of the JX-8P providing access to the various preset and user patches and to page through and assign editable parameters.


Professional features can still be found under the hood of the JX-8P. Its 61 note keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. Just like the Juno synthesizers it uses DCO’s for a very stable system, however its sounds are a little thin and bright. It also features portamento, unsion and solo (monosynth) performance modes.

Background video description:

All video and audio content by G-Strom Electro c.2015

JX-8P bank #1 with 30 original patches are now available on my blog. The bank includes all the sounds from demo part I and II. Be sure to backup your own patches safely before loading mine.

Japanese Auto Maker and Synth maker Roland to Co-Develop Electric Sports Car Driving Sound

August 20, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Interesting times indeed :-)

Roland’s SuperNATURAL synth engine is going to be providing the sounds for the new ZZ electric sports car from vehicle manufacturer GLM

Read the PR below:

Roland Corporation and GLM Co., Ltd., have announced an agreement to co-develop a neo-futuristic driving sound generation system for GLM’s electric sports car. In this unprecedented collaboration between the world’s leading electronic musical instrument maker and the manufacturer of Japan’s first mass-marketed electric sports car, the driving sound system will be designed using Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL® synthesizer technology.

Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Page, George Duke and many more of the world’s most talented musicians have relied on Roland synthesizers to create music. The new driving sound system for GLM’s ZZ model will use this same professional synthesizer technology to produce sonically rich, studio-quality sounds. In addition to refined sound quality, the system will have the ability to change with each driver’s real-time driving experiences. GLM and Roland are committed to creating a driving sound generation system that provides a one-of-a-kind driving experience that rivals anything currently on the market.

Roland’s innovative SuperNATURAL* synthesizer technology will power the ZZ model’s sound generation system with dynamic and dramatic sounds that seamlessly change depending on real-time driving situations like acceleration, deceleration, and motor load variances on sloping roads. This exclusive technology is based on responsiveness, which is especially important when recreating the subtleties of acoustic musical instruments electronically. That same technology will be used to create ingenious neo-futuristic sounds that will give sports car enthusiasts the experience of driving a space ship on the road. Electric sports cars are more popular now than ever, and as environmental concerns escalate, some drivers are learning to appreciate quieter electric engines. Driving sounds are still crucial for many, however ­– especially drivers of high-performance vehicles and those who want to have a fun and fulfilling driving experience.

For decades, the industry standard for reproducing the sound of traditional musical instruments was PCM sampling. The challenge with sampling is that most acoustic instruments respond differently to how hard they are struck, blown or bowed – most acoustic instruments grow brighter as they get louder, for example. By meticulously modeling the subtle characteristics and responsiveness of acoustic instrument sounds, Roland was able to create the most realistic electronic music sounds. Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology makes it possible to recreate these nuances electronically, and will be used to create the best driving sounds possible in the electric sports car.

Main features of the Roland sound generation system:

  • Generates driving sounds depending on the driving situation (e.g. acceleration, deceleration, and motor load variances)
  • Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology is used to synthesize dynamic, neo-futuristic sounds, then reproduce them through the car’s stereo speakers
  • Driving situations are detected by the system in real time through a car-mounted network that measures the car’s speed, pressure on the accelerator pedal, and load to the power system
  • Drivers can select from several driving sound types based on their personal preference, including neo-futuristic options

The driving sound system option for GLM’s ZZ model featuring Roland’s sound-making technology will be available this fall.

*Adapted sound engine of Roland’s flagship digital synthesizer.

Roland V-Synth 2.0 “Essential Preset Pads & Strings” Virtual Analog Synthesizer

August 18, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland V-Synth 2.0 “Essential Preset Pads & Strings”
by Rik Marston 100% No Talking!

Roland V-Synth Virtual Analog Sampling Synthesizer
audio demo recorded dry with no effects except for the
internal FX from the V-Synth itself. These are just presets,
but they are great to show off the sound engine power &
how multi-dimensional this synth can sound. I just love it!
I turn to this synth often because it can just do so much!
It has been used by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran on tour
and can be seen in many great studios around the world.
Truly a great inspiring instrument, it should deserve a real
“classic” title in the near future because it truly is a monster!

808 Day, 2015 (celebrating the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine)

August 16, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

On August 8th (#808day), the global music community comes together to honor the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine, an instrument that has inspired countless artists and changed the face of contemporary music. In 2015, the fan based U.S. festivities included events at Dubspot in New York / Los Angeles, Six01 Studios / Starry Records in Burbank, CA and the “Low End Theory” festival at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Join us as we highlight a few moments that remind us about the BOOM of the “808”.

LEARN MORE ABOUT #808day 2015 here:…

Roland JD-XA – All you can eat review

August 13, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We take a look at the SuperNatrual engine, the sequncer and other aspects. There’s a lot to cover – so grab a cuppa..

The JD-XA’s analog side features a discrete, four-part engine with true analog filters and a direct dry output.

Each part has two oscillators, along with filter and amp sections and four envelopes with incredibly fast attack and response times. There are also two LFOs with super-smooth coverage from ultra-slow to ultra-fast.

After building an analog sound, users can route it directly to the dry output, or send it to the onboard digital effects to shape the sound further.

On the digital side, the JD-XA is equipped with a four-part, 64-voice sound engine powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology. The engine is compatible with the synth engine from the INTEGRA-7 sound module, a favorite of top producers, composers, and sound designers. This allows users to take advantage of the large library of custom INTEGRA-7 sounds, available for free at Roland’s Axial website.

For more info on the Roland JD-Xa, see the Roland site.

Roland Demora Tails – Ambient sounding demo

August 12, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

First run through with Roland Demora Module. Cycled nebulae samples through a custom Demora patch with external clocking (fed various clock divisions and randomised by dynamic destiny switch & Circadian Rhythm master clock) 12db filter plugin and internal patch routing via software :)

Roland System 500 demo by Scott from Malekko at TFoM 2015 Tokyo, Japan

August 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Copyright: E.D.Music Co.
Gear used: Roland System 500
Special thanks: Roland Japan, Scott from Malekko, Dave Skipper, Kenichi Hata

Roland Chorus Echo SRE-555 (501) Tape Delay Demo

August 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

AUDIO: “Sully” by Jeremy Trezona from Phantoms. Featuring drums by Ana Barreiro, electric guitar by Sam Hoffman, & Wurlitzer electric piano by Carey Frank.

The Roland Chorus Echo is an analog tape echo, chorus, and spring reverb rack effect unit released in 1982. It is one of my favorite things on the face of the earth.

The unit features three playback tape heads which can be used independently and in combination. There are also two additional effects circuits that can be switched in and out: lush analog chorus, and a vibey, metallic spring reverb.

The SRE-555 was the last tape echo machine Roland ever manufactured. It’s an incredibly robust and well made piece of equipment and I can think of anything that comes close to the sonic and creative possibilities this unit offers. It lives on one of my consoles effect sends and I use it on almost every record I produce and mix.

Check out the Roland Aira Bitrazer Module Demo

August 4, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

BITRAZER is a unique modular effect combining intense bit and sample rate crushing effects and unprecedented control and flexibility. Able to be used as a tabletop unit or as a Eurorack module, and with an array of CV/Gate inputs, this compact 21 HP unit has a wide range of uses from studio production to live performance. Not only for modular synth users, BITRAZER is perfect for keyboard players, guitarists, DJs or any adventurous musician looking to expand their sound. Carefully crafted in Japan, BITRAZER has large, ultra-smooth controls with over 16 million steps of resolution and is fully re-programmable via computer or tablet.

  • Intense bit and sample rate destruction
  • CV/Gate parameter control including sample rate, bit depth, and filter
  • Tabletop unit or 21 HP Eurorack module using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • 24-bit knobs with over 16 million steps of resolution
  • Re-programmable via Mac, PC, iOS, Android application
  • 15 patchable submodules, expandable with free updates
  • 2 inputs and 2 outputs with dual-mono or stereo capability
  • AIRA Link compatible
  • 24bit/96kHz audio interface

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