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Roland has announced the worldwide release of the SH-101 Plug-out Software Synthesizer for the System-1 and also that the entire AIRA family has been updated with new features requested by users from around the globe.

SH-101 Plug-out Software Synthesizer for the System-1

The new software synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the iconic SH-101, right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time. Based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, it not only reproduces the SH-101's legendary sounds, but it faithfully recreates the very behavior of its analog circuitry.

The now legendary SH-101 was a monophonic synthesizer launched by Roland in 1982. In contrast to the many complex synthesizers available at the time, the SH-101 quickly became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO > one-VCF > one-VCA > one-LFO structure. A legion of artists found it quick to program and adept at bright edgy tones and exciting sound effects. Thirty years later, the SH-101's hallmark sounds continue to be sought after by electronic artists the world over.

New enhanced tone shaping options and seamless DAW integration via AU and VSTi plugin interfaces go beyond the original hardware, and full PLUG-OUT support means the SYSTEM-1 can be a dedicated controller and can even host the SH-101 without a computer.

SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer (not available for sale) is available free of charge to SYSTEM-1 owners.

ARIA 1.1 Update

Free for all users, this AIRA update includes enhancements for the whole line, such as backup and restore facilities, and better overall MIDI management. It also provides a wealth of product-specific enhancements, such as external MIDI pitch control for VT-3, tuning control for TB-3, and instrument gain control for TR-8.

With roots in the very origins of electronic music, the AIRA line is designed to meet the evolving needs of today's electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sound and modern performance features to a new generation. The first four products introduced in the AIRA series include the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer.

At the heart of AIRA is the newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) that faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of Roland's most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products. It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit using Roland's collection of pristinely archived drum machines and synthesizers.

For more information, please visit www.rolandus.com/AIRA.

 
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30 July 2014 at 11:25amfluffy_little_something

Oh, I wonder which one sounds better, the Tal or the Roland ;)

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