Roland RS-505 Paraphonic Strings

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The RS-505 Paraphonic Strings replaced the classic RS-202 and combined strings, a basic polysynth section and a bass section. The keyboard was shortened to 49 keys and is split down the middle to assign different sounds to the left and right sides of the keyboard.

The Synth section has four waveforms (selected by the large white buttons) and its own VCF with cutoff and resonance sliders, VCA ADSR sliders and LFO features. The Bass section has three preset bass sound types to choose via the big red buttons. It has its own VCA Attack and Release sliders and Vibrato controls. The String section has two String preset sounds - selectable via the big green buttons - and other features borrowed from the RS-202.

Sounds from the three tone sections can be blended for interesting results and the built-in Ensemble chorusing effect really warms, thickens and lushes up the sounds! The Paraphonic 505 also features an external audio input (mono) so you could run another synth through the quadruple-BBD Ensemble chorus. A new little performance control section to the left of the keyboard provides convenient volume, tune, glide and pitch bender controls. Similar to the ARP Omni, the Paraphonic 505 is considered one of Roland's finest string synths of its era.

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11 Visitor comments
gu7
August 21, 2010 @ 12:41 pm
better than rs-202 probably, but not as good as the vp-330.
arturia
August 17, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
The sound of this is so lush and spacious that calling it a string machine doesn't do it justice. With the synth section employed, the sound ( and internal workings) also has a lot in common with the Jupiter 4, which was produced concurrently.
arturia
August 17, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
The sound of this is so lush and spacious that calling it purely a string machine doesn't do it justice. With the synth section employed, the sound ( and internal workings) also has a lot in common with the Jupiter 4, which was produced concurrently.
Me Me Me
August 1, 2010 @ 5:54 am
This is one gorgeous sounding synth. The strings are some of the best to ever come out of synth string machine. The strings sound nothing like a VP-330 btw, this is far superior and much more versatile in that department. Best stereo ensemble unit to ever adorn a Roland synth with three different effects, from ensemble to flanger. The secret weapon is the bass section, it is as powerful as a Moog Taurus..no joke.
planetplayer
January 12, 2009 @ 8:01 pm
I tried in early 1980's. Powerfual and very nice sounding. Yamah String Machine was similar, but sounded like their respectable product sounds. Wish I had both.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Full
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO per section (Synth, Bass, Strings)
  • LFO - Yes (in Synth section)
  • Filter - Yes w/ cutoff, resonance (in Synth section)
  • VCA - ADSR in Synth, AR in Bass.
  • Memory - 2 Preset Strings, 3 Preset Bass, 4 Preset Synth Waveforms
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Control - VCF CV In, Trigger, Gate
  • Date Produced - 1978
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    Reviewed November 2007.

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