Synth Site: Roland: System 700 Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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matthew a part-time user from australia writes:
I had the opportunity to spend some time with one of these monster synths. The various modules were wonderful - VCOs were completely stable, VCF clean and precise, EGs fast and accurate. They responded beautifully and accurately to the slider/knob movements, which seemed to have a really wide range and smooth effect. The whole synth was a joy to work with, exuding quality and power.

However, dare I say - it didn't have that primal, old-school quality you might expect from an old modular, but more of a clean, disciplined sound; big and powerful but precise - very Roland, if not a bit clinical. I have a few vintage Rolands I could compare the sound to (SH5, Jupiter 6) but the basic tone just kept reminding me of my Juno 60!!

As far as possibilities go, for all the money and space that would need to be found for a synth like this, I don't feel like I would be gaining anything radically different to what I already have, as the patching seemed a bit limiting. But overall, the System 700 is just sheer class to work with. All those dark, spacious panels are a joy to tweak and the synth is glorious to behold. Even though it's got a slightly clinical edge to the sound and is not as flexible as you might like, it still sounds huge and I wish I had one!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-11-2005 at 13:42
are you sure you're reviewing a Roland System 700 - modular synthesizer? Pianos? Producing songs in minutes? Doesn't sound like the huge monster from the 70's that I remember...

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-2004 at 07:29
Ted Fritch a part-time user from maine writes:
I have been playing piano for quite some time now but only very recently (two years ago) have I started going analog. When I was shopping for my first keyboard, I had no idea about keyboards at all and relied on my friend to guide me in the right direction since he has been playing on keyboards all his life. The first keyboard I wanted was the System 700 becaues, I'll admit, it looked a hell of a lot nicer than the Korg poly 6, and at that point, that's all I was really concerned with. After having that keyboard for a few days, I found it very confusing and unorganized so I returned it. Only after much debate and reluctance did I purchase the System 700 and today, I am extrememley glad I did.

When I first got it, I wasn't impressed with it's grey body, and some silver buttons. It looks like a kiddie keyboard. But once I turned it on, the sound impressed me a bit. After a few weeks, I can honestly say that I learned all I know about synths and music recording/production from this keyboard. It's manual is very helpful and these synths are simple enough for a newbie, such as myself, to be able to produce songs in minutes.

Despite the fact that the system 700 has only 6-watt speakers , most of its sounds sound better than on a top-of-the-line pro synth. For example, I find that it's piano sounds are rich and full as well as it's strings. The system 700 also has nice bass, although the 6-watt speakers don't really do much as far as bass is concerned.

In conclusion, I think this is the perfect keyboard for anyone new to synths and even good enough for a pro. The 700 features amazing simplicity but just enough power. Without this keyboard, I probably wouldn't still be playing piano.

I've had the Roland system 700 for 4 years now and hope to upgrade to a Moog soon but I'm not rushing :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-21-2004 at 20:46
tighest envelopes ever. better than all the roland sh`s put together,literally. unique sequencer. very fat sounding but also roland precision sounding. no fm oscillators drift nicely. bit limited but sounds amazing.

posted Tuesday-Jul-29-2003 at 07:52
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