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VariOS-8 Filter and Oscillator Controls
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VariOS 303 Step Sequencer View
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VariOS 303 Slider Sequencer View
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Roland has announced a new software for the VariOS Open System Module. Released earlier this winter, the first version of VariOS is a unique hardware/software system that allows musicians to build and manipulate audio-based tracks with unparalled capability. Delivering on the "open system" promise, Roland is now releasing two new firmware sets with control software: the VariOS-8 and VariOS 303. These updates turn the VariOS module into a polyphonic Analog Modeling Synth (which can re-create Roland's vintage Juno and Jupiter synths) and monophonic Analog Modeling Bass Synth (to re-create a Roland TB-303 Bassline synth) respectively, but with modern conveniences like onboard effects and more.

Roland's analog polysynths have been used by countless musicians worldwide. Now these sounds are available in the new VariOS-8. This analog-modeled softsynth includes two oscillators with a choice of several analog waveforms and sub-oscillator emulation, plus low-pass and high-pass filters connected in series, envelope generators, LFOs and an arpeggiator. New features include the ability to configure the oscillators for intermodulation and waveform sync, plus professional-quality effects and detailed editing screens. And since the VariOS module can work stand-alone, you can use the VariOS-8 like a preset analog modeling synth - all with zero CPU drain.

The second firmware update is the VariOS 303, an analog-modeled bass synth reminiscent of Roland's vintage TB-303 Bass Line. All of the original controls are provided including - the step sequencer and "Slide" parameter - plus a collection of effects that give the VariOS 303 even more aggressive sounds. These effects include a compressor, overdrive/distortion, chorus, delay and 3-band EQ - all connected in series. There are also two ways to create patterns. Users can choose from the classic step sequencing of the original, or they can use the new Slider Pattern screen for easier programming.

Of course, the VariOS firmware can always be reverted back to its original audio manipulation functions. In this configuration, users can independently manipulate pitch, time and formant, add effects and even build complete audio-based arrangements - all in a realtime environment. Since all processing is handled by the VariOS module, users can take advantage of the original V-Producer software and the new VariOS-8 and VariOS 303 without tapping into their computer's CPU resources.

By June 1, 2003, VariOS-8 and VariOS 303 will be bundled with all new VariOS modules shipped from Roland, and will be available to registered users via download.

Additional information can be found at: www.rolandus.com/varios.

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