Ahead of Superbooth 2018, scheduled for May 3-5 in Berlin, Roland has announced four new modules in its System-500 Analog Modular Synthesizer line.
Here’s what they have to say about the new Roland System-500 synth modules;
The SYSTEM-500 distills the original era of analog Roland synthesis into nine Eurorack modules. These modules have been designed for the music creator looking to add the “Roland Sound” to their setup with unlimited sound design potential that the Eurorack format delivers.
The four new modules are:
Here’s what they have to say about the 510 Synth module:
With the SYSTEM-500 510 module, designing your first modular setup or integrating classic Roland sound into your existing modular rig has never been easier. Based on the vintage SYSTEM-100m’s 110 VCO, VCF, and VCA module, the SYSTEM-500 510 module brings together the best aspects of the SYSTEM-500 into a single voice module.
It contains three pristine oscillator waveforms, classic Roland low pass filter with hi-pass switches, and a VCA with multiple outputs. It has inputs for external signals and modulation, and output jacks for both Eurorack and line-level audio. At 20hp and internally normalled for cableless operation, the SYS-510 is an essential building block, whether you’re an experienced user or just diving into modular synthesis.
The 555 Lag/S&H module is a five-in-one module that brings core utility functions to your modular setup, but with some new and interesting twists.
If offers ring modulation, versatile sample and hold with seven waveforms and internal LPF, pink and white noise modes, LFO with internal ENV and VCA, and two CV controlled portamento circuits.
The SYSTEM-500 531 Mix module brings six high-quality inputs, each with level slider, pan knob, and performance-friendly mute button. It has high-fidelity sound with low noise, ensuring that your modular rig sounds its best.
The six pan knobs are CV controlled and there’s even a boutique-quality stereo preamp, so you can bring in mic or line level signals–or get overdriven tones.
The headphone section has a dedicated volume knob as does the multi-format output section that lets you use both 1/4″ and 1/8” cables. There’s also an LED level indicator for visual feedback.
The SYSTEM-500 555 VCF module is a filter, based on the sound of the Roland SH-5.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Combining a multi-mode filter with a band-pass filter, it produced a sound that has propelled it to “favorite filter ever” territory for many. It maintains its bass response with a meaty resonance growl.
With switchable outputs, built-in VCAs, and CV control of cutoff, resonance, this dual filter gives you two different vintage filter characters in a flexible and compact 16hp module.
Here’s an example of the System-500 modules in action with a Roland TR-8S drum machine:
See the Roland site for more details.