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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Mars Hottentot a professional user from united states writes:
As all of the others have stated the Roland RS202 does one thing and that's string synthesis. I just wanted to add that it can be heard prominently on David Bowie's 'Sound & Vision' on the album 'LOW'. It's playing the cascading melodic figure in the opening sequence. It sound like that, and little else.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2007 at 03:50
Vegasjones a professional user from Victoria Canada writes:
Great for what it is...just like everyone else says..and built into it's own roadcase, it's tough and totally roadworthy. With the resurgence of 80's new wave expect to see people start looking around for these string machines again..as people try to sound like early Joy Division, Japan & Duran Duran.

For the person asking the diff between the 101 & the 202 it is that the ensemble effect has a off/I/II setting switch and there's a few more controls over vibrato I think.

If anyone buys one of these and there's "static and clicking" in the audio when the keys are depressed, open the thing up and spray EVERYTHING with contact cleaner, and then do it AGAIN and everything should be back to servicability.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-08-2006 at 12:46
Robert Morley a professional user from Norway writes:
I think a lot of people rate this and compare it to ARP and other brands. I just want to say that it's wrong to rate this and compare it to the others simply because they all sound different. The RS-202 is a very typical early Roland instrument, and either you like the sound, or you don't! I think it sounds great because you can hear that this is a classic Roland string ensemble, and if you like the 70's disco sound, this machine sounds great. A lot of bands used it in the mid 70's, and if you want to recreate the sound from that time, I think this instrument sounds GREAT! (So it's a matter of taste.) I also like the LE Logan string melody and the ARP Solina/Omni. They sound different, but again, it's a matter of taste. Some people like wine and others like beer. The strings from the 70's all sound different, so you can hear if it's a Roland or another brand. I have them all,(I even own a Korg Trident...)and I use them on different productions. I like the RS-202! A nice instrument for a nice price, if you can get hold of one...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-11-2004 at 15:17
Honest Mike from Los Angeles CA writes:
I have the RS-101. Does any one know whats the difference between the RS-101 & RS-202? Are their any mods one can do? I feel good that I too am not the only one who has a soft spot for synths that fold up neatly into tolex covered cases. They also work good as tables for drum machines, small mixers & readinding material.

posted Monday-Dec-18-2000 at 04:57
ficus a part-time user from Motor City, baby... writes:
Excels at the one thing it does... stringy sounds with full poly. Chorus is classic Roland (no input, though)and you can can set up two different sections as a "split" or have the same sound for all five octaves. NOt a lot of control, but "tone" filter controls for bass and treble sections.

I love mine for $100, but unless you have a string synth addiction as I do you may not see it as more than a one trick pony.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-06-2000 at 13:36
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