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THE ROLAND MODULAR LINE
the Roland System 100 consists of 101 basic unit, the "expander" 102, the sequencer 104 and mixer 103
btw: there are some pictures on the net showing 5 pots instead of 3 (like my 104 sequencer pic -->)
very similar to the SH-5, not so similar to the sh-7 but it has a nice manual controllable BPF but no semimodular patchable modules
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this is what you can connect to the 101 basic unit of the system 100. rolands called it computer interface :)
the sh line and system 100..
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Roland Modular System 100 / System 100m / System 700
THE ROLAND STUDIO SYSTEM 100m.
100m modules - are rare! there are 2 sorts cabinets - 3 and 5 spaces (called 190 and 191j)
btw: the 100m is also very SH-Series like.. so check more on the sh tech here: SH
today a complete 5'cab is worth 2000$ (!!)
in fact this is enough for roland to re-release it for the prices back in 1978..
most modules have 3 inputs with "attenuator" ,so it will be quite small, the 700 still has this very convenient pre-routing as well.. there are even complete 3-size modules incl. VCO-VCF-VCA , dualVCO, double ENV plus LFO module (with two 1.5ms Attack, 4ms decay/release ADSR envs), ringmod and s/h with clock/lag time like on the system100 as well but with 35hz max)
the lfos are CV controlled, the filter is 24dB/oct slope, LPF only but with static typical roland HPF switch (off plus 3 settings)
the VCO offers weak and strong sync, pwm and standard waveforms (only one wave per VCO of course: triangle, pulse and saw).. 32' to 2' octave switch. btw: all lfos are 35hz max. nice sound, very smart size ,but it can not do everything and its heavily overprized! why? it's roland!
..more system 100? check this..
the 100m keyboards: the 184 was quite similar to the jupiter 4's arp'er and control system offering 4CVs for those who want to play 4 voices on a modular..
the other one was the 180 and is a simple CV keyboard.. no more no less.
the smaller system 100m and even more the semimodular 100 is almost a "split into parts" - synth that still thinks moire "keyboard"-way of snthesizer. most rolands as those 100 & 100m systems do NOT provide a voltage controlled HPF. but a non-VC-HPF. some mod routes simply do not work.. the bigger 700 has quite an amazing sound (more fat than the 100 series that optically have nothing in common). its much more of a modular than the 100. still if you want a modular these days you may tend to the moog and serge, wiard or technosaurus systems.. the rolands are quite easy to patch ,some is internally prerouted. the special 6 pin connector meaning is this:
there is one thing that the SH,100,100m and 700 have in common: good sounding filters!..
the system 100m is NOT (as some ppl say) a revision of the system 100! it is more a slimed down system 700! more on system 100 .. scroll up again.. the sh5 is quite system 100 related so lets start with it:
pic by theo bloderer @ bluesynths.com
another roland system 100m
by myself / click to enlarge:
Module 140 dual ENV + CV LFO +
Module 150 S/H, CV LFO, Noise white/pink, ringmodulator
1978 the system 100m was released..
these are the wing cabinets.. the main unit was about the same as large as 2 wings and there was as sequencer about the same size (2 wings) --->
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click images (as always) to enlarge system 700 from 1976
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