Roland System1m plugout semi-modular synthesizer
Plug-out Synth with Analog Feel Roland's AIRA System-1m semi-modular synthesizer packs powerful plug-out capability, along with superb standalone operation, into a format flexible enough to integrate into your synth rig. Whether you're looking to add to your Eurorack set-up, want a table-top synth for your AIRA system, or have to have a great synthesizer option that's rack-mountable, the System-1m can do it all and sound great while doing it. The synth experts here at Sweetwater think the flexible format along with its versatility of sound make Roland's AIRA System-1m a great choice whether it's your next synth or your first.
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Roland AIRA System-1m Semi-modular Synthesizer at a Glance: Flexible format lets you create music the way you want Modular capabilities for even more Eurorack versatility Plug-out technology lets you tap into more synth sounds AIRA Link gives you audio and MIDI over USB Flexible format lets you create music the way you want The combo of modular synth functions, powerful plug-out capabilities, and flexible DAW integration gives you creative possibilities unique to the System-1m. In standalone operations, this synth can be rack-mounted or set up on a table and powered by standard AC power. To add the System-1m to your Eurorack, simply use the included adapter cable tap into the integrated case power. And you'll have the playability you want because the System-1m can be played from any standard MIDI keyboard or receive MIDI messages from your DAW just like any other synth module you use. Whether you're staying in the AIRA multiverse, configuring a fully modular system, or creating your own unique combination, the AIRA System-1m synthesizer can be integrated easily.
Modular capabilities for even more Eurorack versatility If you love modular synths for the character they bring to your music, along with all of the sonic versatility you get from a modular synth system, integrating the System-1m into your current 84 HP Eurorack modular synth setup to get an even broader range of sound will be easy. While it's a powerful synth on its own, the System-1m has all of the patching capabilities you want in a new member of your modular synth rig. You have CV and Gate patch points that light up and are color-coded, so it's easy to know what's where when you reconfigure your signal path.
Plug-out technology lets you tap into more synth sounds We've all heard of plug-ins, but Roland's Plug-out technology takes software integration to a whole new level. Although the System-1m appears in every way to be an analog synth, it's really a sophisticated standalone computer masquerading as an analog synth - which makes it incredibly cool. You can completely reprogram the entire sound engine of the System-1m by uploading new plug-out software synths to it. These include a host of classic Roland instruments, many of which will take full advantage of the System-1m's extensive hands-on controls. Best of all, once you've uploaded a new synth to the System-1m from your computer it stays loaded in its firmware, so you can pick up your synth or Eurorack and take it with you without having to drag your computer along for the ride. The System-1m is capable of a huge range of synth tones thanks to Analog Circuit Behavior technology that provides authentic modeling of all of the analog components of some of the most sought-after classic synths.
AIRA Link gives you audio and MIDI over USB Because the Roland AIRA System-1m is compatible with AIRA Link, you can route MIDI and audio to and from with a single USB cable. Plug it into Roland's AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer, for example, and use it as an external effect without having to connect audio and MIDI cables. You'll be able to sequence System-1m's parameters and send audio to it without creating a mess of cables around your gear.
Roland AIRA System-1m Semi-modular Synthesizer Features: Semi-modular synthesizer with PLUG-OUT capability 19 color-coded CV/Gate and audio connections with LED lighting 84 HP Eurorack, table-top and 19" rack compatible using AC or Eurorack power Versatile oscillators with six waveforms, Crossmod, Ring Mod, Sync and Color control All parameters controlled with high-resolution knobs and sliders with LED indicators External input for processing external signals through filter, amp and FX section -12dB and -24dB filter types with independent highpass filters Integrated tone, crusher, reverb and delay effects Tempo syncing for LFO and delay 24-bit/96kHz audio and MIDI interface AIRA Link for easy connection to MX-1 Mix Performer Includes rack-mount adapter and braided patch cables Able to load software synths via DAW software that hosts VST3 and AU It's easy to create with the flexible and versatile AIRA System-1m from Roland! Additional Media Roland System-1m Plug-out Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater Tech Specs Polyphony: 4 Notes Effects Types: Tone, Crusher, Reverb, Delay Arpeggiator: No Analog Inputs: 8 x 1/8" Inputs Analog Outputs: 7 x 1/8" Output, Stereo 1/8" and 1/4" Main Outputs, 1 x 1/8" (Headphones) MIDI I/O: In/Out/USB USB: 1 x Type B Height: 2.75" Width: 16.81" Depth: 5.08" Weight: 2.75 lbs. Manufacturer Part Number: SYSTEM-1M Customer Reviews Rated 4.5/5 Based on 7 reviews Rated 5/5 Pining for modular fjords? After years of pining for the fjords of modular synthesis, I waded into those waters with the purchase of the Roland System 1m. I have not been disappointed at all. The System 1m is a fantastic full-function synth with 2 oscillators, sub-oscillator, noise generator, 2 filters, 1 LFO, 2 ADSR envelope generators... read more by Joe from Boston on September 30, 2017 Music background: recording artist, session musician, performer Rated 5/5 System 1m Is s welcomed addition to studio Have had the system for several weeks now. The system works seamlessly with my Analog gear. I was on the fence for awhile before I took the leap and bought it. Now because of how it sounds and works with my other gear I kick myself for waiting so long. by Bill on March 13, 2016 Music background: Musician, Synthesist Rated 5/5 Impressive technology One of the guidelines that I use when exploring a semi-modular design is, "Can it make a wide variety of sounds?" That is one way to tell you are no longer in preset land where everything seems close to perfect. System 1m can make sounds that may have little use at all, noisy, grundgy, distorted, dirty... read more by psiklon on January 1, 2016 Rated 5/5 What I was after With a stable of analog gear I was at first leery to buy the digitally modeled Roland gear…I've been disappointed in the past with other's renditions of modeled synths.But after many reviews I took the plunge and am very satisfied with this synth….it quite literally knocks it out of the ballpark for the... read more by Jeff Jagielo on August 10, 2015 Rated 4/5 Great Sound and Concept, Buried Features After a few months with my wonderful System-8 (and the fantastic AIRA Plug-Outs), and a chance to play a vintage System 100, I found myself drawn to the idea of a patchable semi-modular. For me it wasn't so much as "dipping my toe" into the modular or Eurorack world, as much as just wanting some more... read more by Robert Saint John from Cleveland, OH on February 6, 2017