MATRIXSYNTH: Roland System-8 - Mysticism Soundset

Monday, March 15, 2021

Roland System-8 - Mysticism Soundset

video by Soundsauca

"Welcome to Mysticism!

A new and abstract sound bank for the Roland System-8, proudly designed by Soundsauca. Diverging from the well trodden path of analog emulations and 80’s retro remakes, Mysticism takes your System-8 on a left field journey deep into Roland’s ACB synth engine. Utilising its refined oscillator algorithms, iridescent filters and effects, and immersing them into a mystical world of swirling sonic adventure!

The System-8 is already packed full of vintage Jupiter Juno & JX tones, and that’s where this sound bank’s possibilities only begin!

Individual demos are available here:​

A rundown of the Roland System-8 and some of it's features:​

No external effects used. Limiter on the output due to resonant peaks etc - hope that's ok!


- Sideband Sensation
Without a doubt the sideband filter types are my favourite System-8 feature. With it, colourful glassy fragments smear downwards in sounds like 'Forest Glade', whilst the distant undulation of the title preset – 'Mysticism' softly absorbs your sonic senses. 'Lost Sailors' conjures aquatic memories of times gone by, whereas 'Space Tapestry' sews together newer sci-fi arpeggios.

- Formant Fondant
Another sweet feature with the System-8 is the formant filters, which enable vowel like textures to be imparted on the synths oscillators. I’m palpably (sad I know!) proud of the preset 'Sith Lord' with it’s deep and sinister whispers that Emperor Palpatine might hold a light sabre to, and 'Formant Fairies' which might fit nicely into some EDM genre or other. Whilst another highlight is 'Ahh 1080', but steady on man… leave that JV alone!

- Frequenting FM
FM on the System-8 is FM for the rest of us. It’s refreshing to be able to get many of the best FM timbres and process them through the S-8’s filters and FX. Beautiful EPs like 'Much is Clear' and 'Ellie Scolding' hold up next to deep ambiences such as 'Ionospheres' and 'Stella Sails'."

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