Roland add to their System 500 line
Roland have added a clutch of new modules to their System-500 range. Inspired by vintage Roland synths from the ’70s, this includes a selection of Eurorack-format modules that can be combined to create a contemporary modular monster.
First up, there’s the SYS-51 synth, which is based on the 110 VCO, VCF and VCA module from Roland’s System-100m. It offers three oscillator waveforms, a low-pass filter with dual high-pass switch, and a VCA with multiple outputs. There are also inputs for external signals and modulation, plus output jacks for Eurorack and line-level audio.
Moving on, the SYS-555 LAG/S&H offers ring modulation, sample-and-hold with seven waveforms and internal LPH, pink and white noise modes, an LFO with internal ENV and VCA and two CV-controlled portamento circuits. It’s a tone-shaping and modulation toolbox inspired by the System100m’s 150 and 165 modules.
The SYS-531 Mix is a central hub for mixing mono and stereo signals. It offers six input channels, each with its own level slider, CV-controlled pan knob and mute button. There’s a stereo preamp for mic or line-level signals, along with headphones and multi-format output sections that come with a dedicated volume knob for quick control. The LED indicators provide visual feedback on signal levels fed to the quarter and eighth-inch outputs.
Finally, the SYS-505 VCF gives you the sound of the SH-5 synth’s filter section in your modular rig. It comes with switchable outputs, built-in VCAs and CV control of cutoff and resonance, with the dual filter design giving you two vintage characters in one module.
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