The System1M is the first modular instrument in the Aira series. With the now iconic green glow, the System1M looks familiar but offers a brand new workflow to Aira. Modular synths have long been prized by electronic musicians for their unparalleled level of control and personalisation. However, they have always required an investment in both time and money. The System1m makes the modular experience accessible to everyone, combining modular elements with Aira plug out compatibility to create a fully functional, self contained module.
The Aira Modular design builds on the popular Aira System-1 synth, which uses Analogue Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology to achieve extremely in-depth and detailed analogue sound, yet still experience all of the benefits of its digital usability. However instead of providing a keyboard with controls, it instead adds 19 colour-coded CV/Gate and audio connections with LED lighting so that you can connect to a whole host of other modules.
Another awesome feature taken from the System-1 is it's Plug-out feature, capable of hosting software recreations of classic Roland synthesizers, allowing you to experiment with older and more authentic Roland Synth sounds. Working like a software plug-in, you can build up a library of classic "plug-out" synths like the SH-101, the SH02 and the Promars and download them onto your System-1m. It becomes even more exciting in a modular setting, as you can now use these rich classic synth sounds as the basis for your modular creations, for ultimate power and flexibility.
The System1M has a unique design that allows it to be used as a Eurorack Module, a Table-top Synth or a 19" rackmount unit. You can use it as a standalone instrument or use it as the centrepiece of an awesome looking eurorack modular setup. It comes with a rack mount adapter and braided patch cables so you're pretty much ready to go out the box.
Here's what Roland say about the System-1M
A Collection of Classics
The SYSTEM-1m is a stunningly powerful instrument based on our more than 40 years of experience in designing synthesizers. It’s capable of an astonishing range of synth tones, from glistening arps to thunderous basses. But we’re also known for our lineage of iconic vintage instruments, sought after by musicians the world over. These include a long list of classic synths renowned for their identifiable character and genre-defining tone. And this is why we developed PLUG-OUT technology.
PLUG-OUT synthesizers use our Analog Circuit Behavior technology to perfectly replicate some of our most revered classics. They work like regular VST or AU compatible plugins in a DAW, with the SYSTEM-1m’s array of high-resolution knobs and sliders creating an elegant, one-to-one control surface that works seamlessly. But you can also load PLUG-OUT synths directly into the SYSTEM-1m and switch between the internal synthesizer architecture and one of a growing number of PLUG-OUT Roland classics, like the SH-101, SH-2 and PROMARS - with no computer required.
All These Worlds Are Yours
While it provides a huge amount of synthesis power on its own, interconnecting the SYSTEM-1m with other modular gear creates a vast range of sonic possibilities. Its impressive oscillator section, sweet filters and snappy envelopes are sure to be welcome in any modular setup, no matter how big or small. But it’s the SYSTEM-1m’s combination of CV/Gate modularity, PLUG-OUT, and DAW integration that takes things into completely uncharted territory.
For example, load the SH-101 PLUG-OUT into the SYSTEM-1m and you essentially have a hardware SH-101 with modular capabilities - something that has never existed before. You can process external sources through the SH-101’s acclaimed filters, or load the SH-2 PLUG-OUT and use its formidable oscillator section to drive any number of available Eurorack filters and envelopes. The potential is staggering.
- 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
- -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass 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