Synth Site: Roland: RS-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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John a part-time user from New York writes:
I had the RS 5 for about a week and took it back in order to save for a higher end synth like, perhaps, a Motif. I already have a QS 8, a Korg module, and a bunch of gigasampler and soundfont libraries. I found that the RS 5 didn't do much to augment my setup. That said, I rate it very highly in price/perfromance and as a starter keyboard for someone who is just getting into sequencing and synths. The realtime control implementation is terrific -- 6 triple function knobs that are very easy to navigate and switch between. The arpegiator is excellent and the effects are excellent. The limitations have been well described here -- no aftertouch, no expandability, very limited deep editing or programming. After my week with it, I just decided it was wiser for me to save up for a more advanced addition to my studio.

The sounds: overall, not bad at all, as I remember them. The keys didn;t bowl me over, esp. the organs. Piano is fair to middling, EPs standard fare. Some of the real sonic strengths here are in unlikely places. The solo brass sounds, for example, are excellent. Synth sounds are well represented, and tons of fun to play with because of the excellent real time control and effects.

My overall impression of the sound is that it is very clean, a bit thin.

Even though I took it back, I give this instrument good marks. I don't think there are many alternatives in this price range. An Alesis QS 6 would have different strengths in terms of sounds, much more programmability and expandability, but not the state-of-the moment real time control that everybody seems to want these days.

Good job by Roland, I'd say. Excellent bargain. Great for beginners and not a bad soundset for more experienced users by any means.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-10-2001 at 12:40
Norm Vogel a hobbyist user from New Jersey, USA. writes:
I'm mainly into Dance & Experimental/Ambient Electronic Music.

How does this compare with, say, a Korg Z1 or a Roland JP-8000 ???

Thank you!

Norm Vogel

posted Tuesday-Aug-21-2001 at 01:57
Danny Mauoane a professional user from South Africa writes:
I enjored your web page!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-27-2001 at 09:49
Mark Mitchell a hobbyist user from Boston, MA, USA writes:
The RS-5 is AWESOME value for money! I paid $575 new! You can't get anything for that price anymore! Anyway, here's the poop: I don't really like the interface or layout, and the keys feel kinda toyish, but the sounds are excellent! The 24-bit D/A converters really make a difference. This keyboard is all about sound, and delivers great-sounding bread and butter sounds for a ridiculously low price. You gotta love it. I do.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-27-2001 at 07:44
Emmanuel Briceno a professional user from Colombia writes:
I need RS-5 Patch files for cakewalk pro audio 9

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-20-2001 at 01:52
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