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Roland Updates System-8 Soft Synth
Rounik Sethi on Sat, September 15th 0 comments
Taking cues from the hardware System-8, the soft synth version available only via Roland Cloud, just got a shot in the arm with two new FM oscillators and five new filter variations.

There’s been a quiet, yet massive, update to the Roland Cloud SYSTEM-8 software synthesizer!

The latest update from Roland Cloud adds several new dimensions to the already powerful SYSTEM-8 soft synth. There are 2 new FM oscillators with 6 variations each, providing virtually 12 new oscillator types to build upon! This update also adds 5 all-new filter variations, including the famous JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 high and low pass filters as well as a formant filter that can apply vowel shaping to just about everything you can sculpt.

Ever wondered what an FM synth with a JUPITER-8 filter would sound like? Now you can find out. Ever wanted to "make your instrument talk?" You can now do that too!

Here’s the info on the 2 new FM oscillators and 5 new filter variations via the Roland Cloud website.

2 new FM oscillators

For this update, the software SYSTEM-8 receives 2 new FM oscillators, each with 6 variations. This basically equates to having 12 new oscillators as part of the SYSTEM-8! The first variation has six FM waveforms produced by two sine-waves and the second variation has a combination of three sine-wave operations and two triangle wave oscillators.

Here's an example of the above using the hardware System-8:

5 new Filter variations

Roland Cloud has added 5 new filter options to the already expressive SYSTEM-8. These options now include the famous JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 high and low pass filters. Ever wondered what an FM synth with a JUPITER-8 filter would be like? Now you can find out. There are two new formant filters that uncannily recreate the human voice. There's even a new harmonic filter that uses feedback to vary the overtone. The SYSTEM-8 is unparalleled in its versatility, going from glass to growl, or pluck to punch, with just a few knob tweaks.

Here's an example of the filter variations using the hardware System-8:

Even better when paired with its hardware sibling

For synthesizer power-users, you can combine the Roland SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer with its hardware sibling. You’ll be able to play and shape your sounds with a great-feeling, velocity-sensitive keyboard with dedicated physical controls for nearly every function. And the SYSTEM-8 hardware is also a high-quality, high-resolution USB audio/MIDI interface making live or setups clean and simple. If you perform live, you’ll appreciate being able to transfer your SYSTEM-8 Software Synthesizer patches to your hardware and take to the stage computer-free!

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