One of the models from the Japanese giant's collaboration with Malekko serves as an entry point for Eurorack beginners.
The new products are part of the SYSTEM-500 range launched back in 2015. Built in collaboration with Malekko, the SYS-510 Synth, SYS-555 LAG/S&H, SYS-531 MIX and SYS-505 VCF are all based modules from the SYSTEM-100m, Roland's first modular synth produced in the late '70s and early '80s.
The SYS-510 is a full synth voice containing three oscillators, a multi-mode filter and VCA, making it a suitable entry point for those new to Eurorack. Modulation comes from the SYS-555, which generates sample and hold, pink and white noise, LFOs, ring modulation and more. Mixing duties are covered by the six-channel SYS-531. Each of its channels contain CV-controllable pan and a mute button, plus a stereo preamp for driving mic or line level inputs. The SYS-505 meanwhile is a dual low-pass filter based on the circuit from Roland's SH-5 with a built-in VCA and CV control over resonance and cut-off. Price and availability are yet to be disclosed.
The announcement comes as manufacturers prepare to launch major new products at Superbooth, a music tech conference taking place in Berlin this week.