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System-100 by Roland is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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The SYSTEM-100 Software Synthesizer is a modern reproduction of Roland's legendary semi-modular monosynth from 1975. It combines the features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander modules from the SYSTEM-100, giving you an incredibly fat and uniquely versatile two-oscillator monosynth with modular routing capabilities.

Semi-Modular Monosynth

Created in the golden age of analog synthesizers, Roland's SYSTEM-100 was a true gamechanger when first introduced to the world. In addition to its powerful oscillators and filters, the SYSTEM-100 possessed modular patching capabilities, dramatically increasing sound design options for the user.

Adventures in Sound

Pairing a Model 101 Synthesizer with a Model 102 Expander in the SYSTEM-100 gave you two VCOs and two LFOs to work with, as well as sample and hold, ring modulation, and a noise generator that all worked seamlessly together. With the addition of its modular routing capabilities, the SYSTEM-100's sonic palette was staggering, turning out the fattest of basses, in-your-face sync leads, dense textures, and exotic soundscapes.

Plug In Your Own SYSTEM-100

The SYSTEM-100 Software Synthesizer is a detailed, circuit-level recreation of the original. Sound and behavior are reproduced with total accuracy, while several modern additions improve upon the original design:

  • The Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander are combined into a single interface, so you can use the VCOs, LFOs, S&H, and Ring Mod in both units with no patching.
  • A 14x15 routing matrix enables quick patching, with all connections visually reflected as patch cables.
  • Toggle patching on/off or quickly see the entire signal flow.
  • Tempo-syncing arpeggiator.
  • Modern effects: onboard reverb, tempo-syncing delay, and lush phaser.

Hardware Integration

The SYSTEM-100 can be used as a plug-in in your favorite DAW, and it also supports the PLUG-OUT feature in select Roland hardware synthesizers. Host it in the SYSTEM-8 and get one-to-one, pre-mapped controls for hands-on operation, or pair it with the SYSTEM-1m for virtual and physical routing plus modulation capabilities.

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Discussion: Active
22 September 2015 at 3:25am

This plugin looks great! My only misgiving is that the roland website claims that users must be connected to the internet to use PLUGOUT synthesizers. Is this accurate? Or is it only necessary to be online to activate the synths?

I'm excited to buy it if it will work offline.

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