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  Roland GR 500

I've bought this Gr 500 secondhand in the
late eighties from
Jo Bogaert (Technotronic)

After a few months perfectly working,
the Poly Ensemble devision didn't work anymore.
As I wasn't sure whether it was my guitar
or the synth which was broken,
I went to Chris Whitley in Latem,
who had a Gr 700 system.
But his guitar couldn't plugged in my
GR 500 and/or vice versa, so I
couldn't check ...

I sent the GR500 via Vic Keersmaekers to
Roland Benelux.

After several weeks I got the GR 500 back,
but never worked perfectly anymore .....
It was a great synth, with fantastic warm
sounds, ..... but a little unstable and
restricted in his sound-spectrum.

On my MUSIC page and at this bottom page you can hear a sound sample.

I'm planing for the next weeks to finish some older
recordings with the Gr 500 and put them on my site.



Thanks to Roland, guitars and synthesizers have
had a long working relationship together.
The GR-500 is a vintage guitar controlled synthesizer
before there was MIDI too!

It was the first synth of this kind that Roland had
ever produced, back in 1977.
The synthesizer module itself was a simple analog
affair with Bass, Solo Synth, and String sounds
based on previous Orchestral and analog mono-synths
from Roland. There are plenty of sliders to
adjust the VCO, VCF, VCA, and LFO sections,
but no memory to store your edits.

Listen to some recordings of the Roland GR 500 bundled on the Gr 500 Files project, at the Music page at the bottom.

Gr 500 intro

Other music

Technical Info

Memory   None
Filter        Resonant Low pass
Effects     None
Control    CV/GATE Roland 24-pin interface to
                   modified guitar / pickup system

Date         1977

Source www.vintagesynth.org

gr 500 INTRO