Roland System 700

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The Roland System 700 was a professional monophonic[1] modular synthesizer for electronic music manufactured by the Roland Corporation and released in 1976 and was followed by the Roland System-100M in 1978.

Modules[edit]

The System 700 range included the following modules:[2]

  • 701A – Keyboard controller
  • 702AVCO-1
  • 702B – VCO-2
  • 702C – VCO-3
  • 703A – VCF-1
  • 703B – VCF-2
  • 703G – VCF (Block 8)
  • 704A – VCA-1
  • 704B – VCA-2
  • 704D – VCA (Block 8)
  • 705A – Dual envelope generator
  • 706A – LFO-1
  • 706B – LFO-2
  • 707A – Amplifier / envelope follower / integrator
  • 708A – Noise / ring generator
  • 709ASample and hold
  • 710A – Multiple jacks
  • 711A – Reverberator / panning / standard oscillator / phase shifter
  • 712A – Monitor / external keyboard controller / voltage processor / keyboard CV output / gate output
  • 714A – Interface
  • 716A – Mixer (Signal/CV)
  • 717A – Analog sequencer
  • 718A – Power Supply
  • 720B – 2 Channel Phase Shifter
  • 721A – 2 Channel Audio Delay
  • 723A – Analog Switch

Blocks[edit]

The following blocks were offered, as suggested combinations of modules:

  • Block 1: The main console – 702A, 702B, 702C, 708A, 703A, 703B, 704A, 704B, 711A; 712A, 705A, 706B, 709A, 707A, 705A, 716A, 710A, 718A
  • Block 2: Keyboard controller – 701A
  • Block 3: Analog sequencer – 717A
  • Block 4: VCO bank – 3x 702D, 3x 702E; 716A, 710A, 706B, 709B, 705A
  • Block 5: VCF / VCA bank – 2x 703C, 3x 704C; 713A, 2x 705A, 710A
  • Block 6: Interface / mixer – 714A, 704C, 715A
  • Block 7: Phase shifter / audio delay – 710B, 723A, 720B, 721A
  • Block 8: 'Lab' configuration – 702A, 702B, 702C, 708A, 703G, 704D, 716A, 706A, 709A, 705A, 718A

Documentation[edit]

  • 101 – Synthesizer instruction manual
  • 101 – Synthesizer patch book
  • 102 – Expander unit instruction manual
  • 102 – Expander unit patch book
  • 103 – Audio mixer instruction manual
  • 104 – Sequencer instruction manual
  • System 700 Synthesizer Service Notes
  • System 700 Synthesizer Service Supplement

Notable users[edit]

The System 700 was used by many artists, including:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roland System 700". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. ^ "Roland: System 700 Synthesizer Instruction Manual".
  3. ^ Mark Jenkins (2007), Analog Synthesizers, page 91, Taylor & Francis
  4. ^ Giorgio Moroder Gear Guide, Dolphin Music