Up for sale, a 1980s Roland RS-505 Paraphonic Strings vintage analog synthesizer in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Given a recent checkup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, all features of the RS-505 function as intended. Widely regarded as one of the most lush, sonically flexible and nuanced string/bass synths ever created, the RS-505 is a 49 key synth with dedicated strings, bass and polysynth sections. The keyboard is also split down the middle in terms of functionality, with different sounds assigned to the left and right halves of the keyboard. Sounds from the three tone sections can be blended, and the built-in quadruple BBD Ensemble chorus effect ensures a particularly lush and thick signal. An external audio input (mono) also allows an external synth to be run through the chorusing effect.
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 its predecessor, the RS-202). A control section to the left of the keyboard provides convenient Volume, Tune, Glide and Pitch bender controls.
The keys are level with sparingly little aging, and all of the original graphics are practically pristine. All original knobs and slider caps are intact, and the wood paneling framing the RS-505 shows some scuffing, with more concentrated wear on the bottom edge and underside of the enclosure.