SYSTEM-100

Software Synthesizer

SYSTEM-100
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Virtual Reproduction of the Legendary 1975 Semi-Modular Monosynth

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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specifications
Maximum Polyphony
1 voice
LFO-1/LFO-2
Waveform (SIN, TRI, SAW, SQR, S&H)
LFO Rate
LFO Offset
EXT CV Input
EXT CV Input Gain
LFO Output
S&H (SAMPLE&HOLD)
Sample Time
Lag
EXT Input
S&H Mode (OFF, SAW, SAW (INVERT), TRI, SIN (EXT)) 
S&H Output
Clock Output
PORTAMENTO
PORTAMENTO
Keyboard CV Output
VCO-1/ VCO-2
Glide Input
VCO DEST
Glide
VCO LFO Modulation Depth
Waveform (SAW, SQR, TRI)
Range (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
Pulse Width Mode (MANUAL, LFO-1, GLIDE, VCF ADSR, VCA ADSR, LFO-2)
Pulse Width
EXT CV Input (VCO-1 only)
EXT CV Gain (VCO-1 only)
Sync Input (VCO-2 only)
Sync (ON/OFF, STRONG/WEAK)
Sync Output
Fine Tune (VCO-2 only)
Coarse Tune (VCO-2 only)
VCO Output
RING MOD
Ring Modulator Input
Ring Modulator Output
NOISE
Noise Type
Noise Output
MIXER
EXT Input
RING MOD/EXT IN
VCO-1
VCO-2
NOISE
Mixer Output
VCF
Low pass filter LFO Modulation Input
Low pass filter ADSR Input
High pass filter Cutoff Frequency
Low pass filter Cutoff Frequency
Low pass filter Resonance
Low pass filter LFO Modulation Depth
Low pass filter ADSR Gain
Low pass filter Keyboard CV
VCA
ADSR Input
Initial Gain
LFO Modulation Depth
ADSR Gain
Tone
VCF ADSR/VCA ADSR
Gate Input
ADSR Trigger Mode (GATE, LFO, GATE + TRIG)
Envelope Attack Time
Envelope Decay Time
Envelope Sustain Level
Envelope Release Time
ADSR Output
Effect
Phaser LFO Modulation Input
Phaser Manual Input
Phaser Level
Reverb Level
Delay Level
Delay Time
Controller
Volume
Bend Range
Tempo Sync (ON, OFF)
Key Assign Mode
Key Hold (ON, OFF)
Octave (-3, 2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3)
Arpeggio
Arpeggio (ON, OFF)
Arpeggio Type (1 Oct Up, 1 Oct U+D, 1 Oct Down, 2 Oct Down, 2 Oct U+D, 2 Oct Up)
Arpeggio Step (1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/4T, 1/8T, 1/16T)
Scatter Type (1–10)
Scatter Depth (-5–+5)
Tune
430–450 Hz
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Paches per bank
64 patches
*User can make new user banks.
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 2.4 (32 bits, 64 bits) * Windows only
VSTi 3.6 (32 bits, 64 bits)
AU
System Requirements (macOS™)
Operating System
macOS™ 10.8.5 or later
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
System Requirements (Windows®)
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10
* incompatible with Windows® RT, Windows® Phone or virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
CPU
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
RAM
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
You'll need installation SYSTEM-1 driver to plug-out this software to the SYSTEM-1.
*Although Roland has tested numerous configurations and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

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In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.
If you require further assistance, all Product Support questions are handled via BACKSTAGE which can be accessed via www.rolandeurope.com