Impressions of the Roland System-8

In short: Roland’s new Synthesizer flagship – the System-8 – is amazingly powerful. Ok, ok, today’s “synthesizers” are light-weight plastic boxes (a fact that we probably have to accept), but in terms of musical output, the System-8 offers a whole universe. And – ! – Roland’s great step-sequencer can now be transposed via the keyboard. Something users of the JP-8000 and JD-XA would love to have at their disposal.

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Here are some photos and – more importantly – soundfiles of the System-8. A detailed review follows soon …

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Besides the System-8, you occasionally hear the antique Roland TR-33 drum computer. An ungly, little beast, noisy and bulky … but full of charme … full of those vintage patterns that modern drum machines can’t do … 

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