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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Dec 2018 > ROLAND System 500

ROLAND System 500

Roland’s entry into the Eurorack market has been added to with new modules this year. Dave Gale patches up a complete system, and gets to know the new Module arm


£349 TO £389 PER MODULE/£1899 COMPLETE

Ok, I’ll confess! We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, one of mine being that I regrettably sold two cabinets of Roland System 100M, as I was finding that it didn’t fit in with my workflow. With that wonderful sense of hindsight, I immediately regretted the sale and wished I’d kept hold of them, not least of all because of the rising prices of classic kit. So when Roland announced that it was resurrecting the spirit of the 100M in Eurorack form, it was all I could do to stop myself from rocking backward and forward with utter excitement.


What followed next was a pretty long period of waiting, which was apparently down to the lengthy production process. The design and manufacture of the original System 500 was a collaboration between Roland Japan and Eurorack company Malekko, based in Portland, USA. Such is Roland’s attention to detail, that modules were said to be flying between the two, in varying states of production and fine tuning, and you can well imagine that this did nothing to help production lead times. It wasn’t that long ago, then, that the original complete system became available, and this is where we’re going to start our tour.

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