MATRIXSYNTH: Roland System 500 versus vintage System 100m and SH-5 Synthesizers

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Roland System 500 versus vintage System 100m and SH-5 Synthesizers


Published on Jun 7, 2019 Alex Ball

"I’ve been leant a Roland System 500 for a video and so the first thing I wanted to try with it was a side-by-side with the System 100m (1978) and SH-5 (1976) as these are two of the heritage synths that inspired it.

The third synth it’s based on is the System 700, but I’m sure you can forgive me for not getting that one in there too!

All-in-all I think the System 500 is excellent, has the Roland family sound and stands up well against the classics that inspired it. Trying to be as impartial as possible, there are a couple of comments I had about it that could be improved which I also mention, but I genuinely think it’s a great sounding and accessible modular synth.

Let me know what you think about it."

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