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Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:46 am
by genshi
This may not be too interesting for many of you, but for the Eurorack crowd, or people interested in Roland's only new 100% Analog Synth, this is an uncut, rough video of an event I attended earlier today which was the world premier of the final production prototypes of the Roland System-500 eurorack analog modules, made by Malekko Heavy Industry in Portland Oregon.

The presentation is by the creator himself, Joshua Holly of Malekko. It's an almost 30 minute video from a bad angle and I wasn't able to get a direct audio feed, but it still sounds pretty good and has lot's of good info regarding these modules (they're nicer than I expected, to be honest.)

As of this post, the video is still processing so it may be awhile for higher resolutions to appear. Also, the folks at MuffWiggler shot much better video which I'm sure they will post shortly over on their own site...


Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:22 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
They day I find myself watching a decent synth demo on the internet will be the day the world ends.

Stephen

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:24 am
by genshi
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:They day I find myself watching a decent synth demo on the internet will be the day the world ends.

Stephen
This was more of a tech demo for friends of the creator of the synth. It was invite-only, it was the public premier of the final production prototypes, and it was meant to just give a good general idea of what they are all about functionality wise... sorry they couldn't get Jordan Rudess to shred a killer demo for you. (there was a bit of a performance afterwards and I think the MuffWigglers got it on video; thought they would have posted it by now.)

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:19 am
by Stab Frenzy
genshi wrote:sorry they couldn't get Jordan Rudess to shred a killer demo for you.
Oh god, please spare us from any more Jordan Rudess demos!

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:47 am
by ppg_wavecomputer
genshi wrote:[...] sorry they couldn't get Jordan Rudess to shred a killer demo for you. [...]
Rudess is a twat.

Stephen

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:58 am
by genshi
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
genshi wrote:[...] sorry they couldn't get Jordan Rudess to shred a killer demo for you. [...]
Rudess is a twat.

Stephen
Oh sorry, I thought that's who you were expecting since the video I posted bored you so much. ;)

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:06 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
genshi wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
genshi wrote:[...] sorry they couldn't get Jordan Rudess to shred a killer demo for you. [...]
Rudess is a twat.

Stephen
Oh sorry, I thought that's who you were expecting since the video I posted bored you so much. ;)
The sounds are boring. Even if it's just a demo, I want to see some wit -- that makes me want to buy a module. Or not.

"Pfewrp!" doesn't quite seem to be enough but I might be old, or jaded, or both.

Stephen

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:40 pm
by genshi
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
The sounds are boring. Even if it's just a demo, I want to see some wit -- that makes me want to buy a module. Or not.

"Pfewrp!" doesn't quite seem to be enough but I might be old, or jaded, or both.

Stephen
Yeah, I get it. Hopefully once it's released, there will be killer demos and reviews of it so we can make a more informed decision of whether it's worth it or not.

But for me, hearing it in person on Saturday, I was fairly impressed with how powerful it sounded, and with how deep it actually seems to be for just a "bread and butter" module(s)... check out from 10:40 to about 12:50 where Joshua plays with the Effects module, and 15:50 to 17:50 for some interesting frequency modulation.

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:55 pm
by Walter Ego
Are these them?

New Roland SYSTEM-500 Modules

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Looks like they also just announced a Euro case as well:

Roland Introduces Its First Eurorack Case

Re: Roland System-500 - Final Production Prototype Premier

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:42 pm
by genshi
Walter Ego wrote:Are these them?

New Roland SYSTEM-500 Modules

Image

Looks like they also just announced a Euro case as well:

Roland Introduces Its First Eurorack Case
Yes, those are them. They are now being released.