Roland Adds Four New Synths To SYSTEM-500 Modular Series
Roland has extended their SYSTEM-500 modular synthesizer series with the addition of 4 new modules: the SYS-510 Synth, SYS-555 LAG/S&H, SYS-531 MIX, and the SYS-505 VCF – fusing together classic designs with versatile modern features.
Based on the 110 VCO, VCF, and VCA module in Roland’s vintage SYSTEM-100m, the SYS-510 Synth brings the original’s best aspects together in an expanded single-voice module. It features three oscillator waveforms, the classic Roland low-pass filter with dual high-pass switch, and a VCA with multiple outputs. Inputs for external signals and modulation are included as well, plus output jacks for both Eurorack and line-level audio. Equipped with internal normalling for cable-free operation, the SYS-510 is an essential building block for both the experienced user and the beginner putting together their first modular system.
Channeling inspiration from the SYSTEM-100m’s 150 and 165 modules, the five-in-one SYS-555 LAG/S&H adds core utility functions and interesting new twists to any modular setup. It contains both traditional and non-traditional modulation sources applicable to any configuration. With ring modulation, 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 SYS-555 offers a near-infinite range of tonal shaping and modulation options.
Inspired by the SYSTEM-100m’s 131 output module, the SYS-531 MIX brings an updated approach with convenient modern features. Designed to be the central hub for mixing mono and stereo signals, it features high-fidelity, low-noise sound and comes equipped with six input channels, each with their own level slider, CV-controlled pan knob, and performance-friendly mute button. There’s also a boutique-quality stereo preamp for mic or line-level signals that offers a range of tones, from warm clean to pleasing overdrive. The SYS-531’s headphones and multi-format output sections each have a dedicated volume knob for quick control, while LED indicators provide visual feedback on signal levels fed to the 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch outputs.
The vintage Roland SH-5 is one of the most sought-after mono synths in history, not only for its massive sound, but also for its unique filter design. Combining a multi-mode filter with a band-pass filter, it produces a meaty resonance growl that’s propelled it to “favorite filter ever” status for many. With the SYS-505 VCF, users can inject the sound of this revered filter section into any modular rig. Offering switchable outputs, built-in VCAs, and CV control of cutoff and resonance, this dual filter provides two different vintage characters in a flexible and compact 16HP module.
Each of the Eurorack synth modules available in Roland’s SYSTEM-500 series can be used in conjunction with other gear that accepts CV input/output, such as the Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer or the TB-3 Touch Bassline.
You can visit the Roland website to learn more about the SYSTEM-500 modular synthesizer series.