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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Ole a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I like it very much. Nice clean sound, and nice design.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-06-2001 at 05:58
Jacean Mikhael a professional user from Orlando, FL USA writes:
At first glance I looked at this and was suprised. It looked rather sleek and had a nice feel but once I dived into it the sounds really weren't very impressive at all. There were a few really good sounds but most were mediocre really, especially considering it's coming from the XV series.

I expected alot more and didn't get nearly at all what this synth could've been. I should've known when I went to pick it up to get the headphones in and the thing weighed like 10 lbs!!! Scary! They must've just put a single chip inside the damn thing. heh.

I picked up an old, used D110 module instead for $75. 8 outs, memory card expansion, and a bunc of really tight sounds straight out of the box as well as good editing controls. A much better buy.

And for the guy who said this was a good synth for Industrial/EBM and the like, I have to disagree. For the same price you could get an MS2000 or an FS1R and that is by far a much better synth for that line of much.

Overall it was alright, the keys were fine, and the kobs all worked well but it really just wasn't good enough to hold claim to anything XV.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-22-2001 at 11:25
Dan a professional user from Illinois, USA writes:
I played with one today at a local store and will be buying one next week. Great layering, real time control and performance features. I plan on using one to control my XV-5080, and they seem to be made for each other... hope it has aftertouch. :)

From first glance, it seems to have a slightly stripped down XV synth engine, although I haven't found any of the 5080's killer COSM guitar sounds in there - which are achieved mainly through the 5080's multi effects btw. But from what I did hear, I'm impressed. And I love that it has a midi appegiator.

It would have been nice to see an internal power supply, data card support, motion sensor or ribbon contoller and maybe a mid-size 76 key model. But at this price, it's tough to complain.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-18-2001 at 03:28
bronko a part-time user from usa writes:
I picked up an rs-5 2 days ago. I was looking to add a keyboard to my home studio in order to add some more color to my solo stuff. I play guitar and bass, I wanted good brass and keyboard sounds to record digitally and wanted to keep it as cheap as possible. The roland sounds were superior, IMO, especially horns, chorus and keys. Typical hard to comprehend Roland manual, but tonights my second night and I'm ready to record. I'm a midiot and a synth novice, but I can work my way through the menus and get what I need. Lots of features and controls. Only negatives so far, only two 1/4" stereo outs, weak guitar and string sounds, I guess thats it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 17:21
Richard Crover a part-time user from Adrian, Mi. writes:
Went into my favorite music store on Friday and this one really caught my eye and my ear as well! This one has some truly amazing EBM techno sounds If you want a Funker Vogt/ KMFDM /Haujobb sound than this the synth I would recommend for its price range. a lot better than the JX-305 if you ask me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 01:16
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