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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Thomas Troast a hobbyist user from United States writes:
Ipurchased a used RS-5 recently, and I have to say that this is a pretty decent synthesizer. It has some nice features that took me by surprise. First, it has an arpeggiator with a number of interesting patterns. Second, it has a nice time-slicer to give chords a mean, rave-like effect. Third, it has a decent sound set with nice, airy choir and string sounds, plus a number of excellent sound samples (like wind, cars, ect.). Finally, it has three different effects processors to really shape the sound. I don't believe that it is the top synth on the market, but it is a decent synthesizer with good sounds.

On the down-side, I don't recommend this to a professional musician who needs a top-of-the-line sound set and every feature imaginable. It lacks a sampler and an internal sequencer, which may be a turn-off. If I were to look for something for professional use, I would go with a more expensive model.

Overall, I was pleased with the purchase. I believe that it is an excellent deal if you can get it for less than $400. (Don't pay more than $600 for it; despite its features, you should get a better deal on it.)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-06-2004 at 11:06
Andreas Karlsson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This sounds no better than my old Roland E16 keyboard. I'm very disappointed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-01-2004 at 15:46
Beko cesar sopoude a part-time user from ivory coast writes:
I want some informations on the roland RS5.

posted Thursday-Aug-21-2003 at 06:03
Rob Owen a part-time user from Liverpool, UK writes:
This was my first synth I bought - It looks great, sounds good and is ideal for beginners.

Why people are moaning about piano sounds I don't know - they're mediocre but why buy a synth just to use piano sounds. The rest of the sounds are top notch and you can get all sorts of wierd effects with the Real time effect knobs. The strings are really great too.

This will remain in my stage equipment, it looks great and accompanied with another keyboard/stage piano with nice piano sounds it makes part of a great sounding team.

posted Thursday-May-01-2003 at 07:54
steven a part-time user from America writes:
the roland rs-5 is a great synthesizer!even though there is no edit function on this synth,the sounds make up for this minor lack of operation!the celestial pad is one of my favorite sounds,and the piano function is crystal clear,and also,the appreggiator on this synth is to die for!this is the easiest synth I ever played!My over all thoughts of the rs-5,affordable,and easy to operate,and great sounding!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-28-2003 at 05:18
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