Synth Site: Roland: RS-202 strings: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Boothnavy from Boston writes:
One should keep in mind that this isn't exactly a "synthesizer". It is an RS (Roland Strings) keyboard and was never meant to modulate or have an evolving envelope. It does have a slow attack switch, but it only affects the attack slightly. It is what it is: an electrically generated string section. There are better ones (Solina, Orchestrator) but this one is unmistakeably Roand and has a unique sound unto itself. When you mix the strings at a high frequency with the brass at a low frequency, you get a truely unmatchable sound. Add some vintage pahsing a la Electro-Harmonix, Roland, Mu-Tron, or Eventide and the sound can't be beat. I dig mine...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-25-1999 at 16:55
marty a hobbyist user from the US writes:
just got a beat up, chipped and dusty one for $50. it's in great working order except for the one key which is erratic, and the led that's out. anyhow, the strings and brass are nice and cheesy, however, are sounds i could have sworn i had gotten out of my juno 60, but i dunno. especially with the 2 "ensemble" functions, which, i suppose is just chorus in "rolandspeak" circa '70s.

play your favorite chord on this thing. i swear, i held mine for five minutes until i drooled all over my shirt. these strings, i swear.

unmistakably 70's. and for the record, i think it's a damn fine looking synth, even in it's chipped wood, snagged tolex, yellowed key condition. i've got a soft spot for synths that fold up neatly into tolex covered cases.

grab one if the price is right. nobody gives a flyingratsass about these machines, and they're fun as hell. but no way would i let it be my only synth. i'd go crazy. must...modulate.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-31-1999 at 05:46
Bjørn Larsen a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
This is nothing like the ARP Solinia/ OMNI. I use to have all three models in the past. The RS-202 was my first instrument and it sounded more like a Philipshave electric razor machine than a string section. In addition it looks terrible too. In my opinion the best choice of all dedicated string machines, is the Solina which have a really rich warm analalog sound (Listen too Roxy Musics "Flesh+Blood"), but the ARP OMNI is very related to the Solina too.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-15-1999 at 02:06
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