Roland announce new System-500 modules!

Roland this week have released their latest System-500 modules that include the 510 Synth, 531 MIX, 05 VCF and 555.

This week Roland dropped four brand-new System-500 modular units. Designed and produced in collaboration with Portland-based Malekko, the SYS-510 Synth, SYS-555 LAG/S&H, SYS-531 MIX, and SYS-505 VCF offer up exciting new possibilities in sound design and musical exploration.
Inspired by vintage Roland modular synths of the 1970’s, each of the four new modules have a great looking vintage design with Eurorack compatibility, allowing each user to customise their set up in any number of arrangments thanks to a seamless rack and patch system (that includes many other synths and effects modules out there).
So what exactly are these 4 new modules and what do they do?

SYS-510 Synth

This superb synthesiser module tks its sound and functionality from the 110 VCO, VCF, and VCA module found within Roland’s vintage SYSTEM-100m. It is an expanded single-voice module featuring three oscillator waveforms, a classic Roland low-pass filter with a dual high-pass switch, and a VCA with multiple outputs…it’s a beast. With a multitude of input for external signals and modulation, as well as output jacks and internal normalling, the SYS is an essential building block to a powerful modular system.

SYS-555 LAG/S&H

The 555 is a five-in-one module offering core utility functions and exciting new elements to a modular setup. Boasting ring modulation, sample-and-hold with seven waveforms and internal LPF, Pink and White noise modes, plus an LFO with internal ENV, VCA and two CV-controlled portamento circuits. With the addition of the 555 to your array, you’re given an unprecedented number of modulation and tonal shaping options.

SYS-531 MIX

The 531 is essentially the heart of your modular setup, acting as the bridging point mixing between stereo and mono signals. Featuring high-fidelity, low-noise sound complete with six input channels, each with individual level sliders. A boutique-quality stereo preamp for mic or line-level inputs offers various tones of tones. Additionally, the 531 also sports a CV-controlled pan knob and mute-button, each output section has a dedicated volume knob including the headphones.

SYS-505 VCF

The 505 VCF takes the legendary Roland SH-5 mono synth’s filter section (a multi-mode filter combined with a band-pass filter), and packages it in a compact Eurorack unit module. The 505 offers switchable outputs, CV control for cutoff and resonance, built-in VCA’s. This superb dual filter offers two differing vintage characters.