Roland has released official details on their new System-500 analog Eurorack synthesizer modules.
The System-500 is a fully analog recreation, in Euro format, of the classic Roland System-100m modular synthesizer. The modules are produced in collaboration with established Euro manufacturer Malekko Heavy Industry.
According to Roland, the System-500 delivers the ‘classic character and functionality of the original with the advantages of a modern instrument’.
Here’s an overview on the Roland System-100m from the Summer NAMM Show:
Here are the details:
512 DUAL VCO
The 512 Dual VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) is a single module consisting of two voltage controlled oscillators.
Each independent VCO produces frequencies across a wide range with 1V/octave tracking and dedicated pulse, triangle, and saw wave outputs. Variable pulse width is available via panel control or CV modulation. Each oscillator’s frequency can also be synchronized to the other in weak or strong modes to achieve a unique “sync” sound.
521 DUAL VCF
The 521 Dual VCF (voltage controlled filter) module features two separate low pass filters for modifying the timbre of audio sources.
Each filter has its own dedicated controls for frequency cutoff, resonance, and a fixed high pass filter with two switchable cutoff points. Audio and CV input mixers on each channel allow the blending of multiple audio signals and modulation sources.
530 DUAL VCA
The 530 Dual VCA (voltage controlled Amplifier) features two independent voltage controlled amplifiers for controlling the loudness of audio signals.
Each VCA has three sliders for an audio input mixer, three sliders to mix CV inputs, and a selector switch for linear or exponential response modes.
540 DUAL ENVELOPE GENERATOR + LFO
The 540 Dual Envelope Generator and LFO (low frequency oscillator) is a multi-purpose modulation source.
The module features two independent ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) envelope sections that produce variable voltages for controlling other Eurorack format synthesizer modules such as oscillators, filters, and VCAs.
Each section can be triggered externally, internally, or manually with dedicated jacks for each envelope, as well as an inverted output.
572 PHASE SHIFTER + DELAY + LFO
The 572 Phase Shifter, Delay and LFO is a time-based, multi-effects module.
The 572 includes a five-stage phase shifter, analog audio delay, a control voltage gate delay, and an LFO. The phase shifter has panel controls for shift frequency and resonance amount that can vary from subtle to a deep, lush analog effect. Similarly, the audio delay has independent knob control of delay time and resonance (or feedback) for short chorus-like modulation delays.
Both the phase shifter and delay can be modulated by the 572’s internal LFO or external CV signals and feature wet/dry effects mix controllable via the front panel or with CV.
The LFO section has a knob for controlling frequency and features both normal and inverted output jacks. The gate delay has knobs to control threshold, delay time, and gate time for modifying incoming gate signals from other modules.
Details on pricing and availability for the Roland System-500 Eurorack modules are to be announced. See the Roland site for details.