System 1000M analog modular synth review

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Hey what’s good fam, hope all is well with ya, I have a new Kontakt synth I had to let you know about if you don’t already.

It’s a collaboration from two awesome developers Tronsonic and Synthmagic and this thing sounds really cool.

The concept behind it is to capture the character and feel of a true analog modular synthesizer and then recreate that experience within the Kontakt interface

And the interface is a VERY gorgeous one I must say!

Let’s check it out!

So what is System 1000M?

system1000mIf you’ve ever heard or played with an analog modular synthesizer….then imagine taking those thick unique sounds, sampling through valve tube equipment direct to quarter inch tape, then making a crazy custom interface for the results in Kontakt.

Excited yet? Well that’s exactly what this synth is!

What I like about it is that it doesn’t aim to mimic or recreate any one specific synth, and with the talents of Tronsonic and Synthmagic together on the same project I was super excited when I got the email about the release of this product.

The bottom line is, this instrument aims to give you the raw, unique, and warm sound of a true modular synthesizer without the cables and expensive price tags to go along with it.

But did they succeed?

Quick Specs

  • content: 375+ presets
  • format: Kontakt 5
  • price: only £14.99 until 5/2013 (about $23 usd)

So how does it sound?

Reel to Reel Tape RecorderThis thing sounds awesome! It has tons of character and warmth to it, with enough subtle imperfections to make it sound real.

The basses are thick, the leads are sharp, and there are plenty of weird fx, blips, and other noises.

It’s one of those few libraries that really puts you in the mind of actual hardware gear.

I definitely find myself cracking the same type of smile I get when playing with some of my own analog hardware.

I really love the thickness of the sounds and just the dynamic detail they were able to reproduce.

So what’s the bottom line?

Really? Just go get the thing man!

5subsI give System 100om 5 out of 5 subs without any questions at all, it sounds great and the interface itself is amazing.

The price they are charging is crazy too, almost unfair, but hey…I won’t complain! That means everyone will have the chance to get some of this modular goodness!

Go check it out on their tronsonic.com or synthmagic.co.uk

And pick up a copy.

I also love the fact that they will be releasing updates with more presets and waveform banks…man this thing is gonna be awesome!

It’s definitely made it into my short list of must have libraries…sure there are a lot of good products out, but then there are some products that just stand out from the crowd and take permanent residence in my toolkit.

System 1000M is one such instrument and I’m excited to see what they release for it in terms of updates and extra banks.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

27 Comments

  1. I first saw one of these in action in 1978, Coventry, England, Tangerine Dream Cyclone set, but Tangerine Dream had been using this system for years; Steve Hilliage also liked the 100M, I have been posting about my wish to see this system emulaed for a couple of years now, GREAT!!!!
    Wat Tangerine Dream? Think earlier Trance music but without the 4 to FL. drums!

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  2. I have been getting away from making music on the computer (loving analog hardware) but this could draw me in.
    Thanks for sharing saintjoe!

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  3. Michael Parson-McNamara · Edit

    You said Kontakt. Does that include the Player version? or only Kontakt?
    Great synth and it does sound really good! Nice demo, Joe!
    Michael

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  4. are the waveforms and design really from the roland system 100 as we are led to believe? and while it does not seem truly “modular” , at least in what I saw in the review, (reordering modules etc….) it looks like a great piece of gear for a really nice price. thanks for the review saintjoe! Always look forward to fridays for your spots!

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    • Not sure where they are from, I would imagine they could be, and I figured modular in terms of the layout of the synth itself with each section, but not modular in terms of cables and such, either way, it sounds awesome.

      I post videos on more than fridays so make sure you stop by often too 🙂

      thanks!

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  5. The combo of sound & price this could be 5-star+ in my book. I expect Tronsonic to see a spike in sales due to your review. The System 1000M sounds like it was made for genres like Trap, Ambient, Acid or Electro House. Oh well it looks like someone is going to have to buy her own snacks for the movies this weekend, because there are other priorities (buying System 100M) for me to attend to. lmbo
    As always, your reviews are appreciated. They’ve helped me to avoid many gear-lust induced buyer’s remorse episodes.

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