The Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synthesizer

This video, via Classic Vintage, demos the Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synthesizer, a classic 70s string synth. 


  • Full polyphony – Full
  • 1 VCO per section (Synth, Bass, Strings)
  • LFO in synth
  • Filter w/ cutoff, resonanc
  • VCA with ADSR in Synth, AR in Bass.
  • 2 Preset Strings, 3 Preset Bass, 4 Preset Synth Waveforms
  • 49 note keyboard
  • VCF CV In, Trigger, Gate

If you’ve used the Roland RS-505, share your thoughts on it in the comments!

4 thoughts on “The Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synthesizer

  1. The first studio I ever worked in had the little brother of this, the RS-202. It was nowhere near as pleasing to the ear as the RS-505. We didn’t really use it much except for putting its output through my SH-2 and triggering it from the sequencer. 🙂

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