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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Chaleck a part-time user from Asia writes:
I bought mine new in 2003. I loved it. I left it behind in the US because it's kind of long for airline luggage. But I miss it dearly. I love the pots. I love being able to tweak effects w/o going into stupid menus on a small display. Turn the knob & get the result.

Sounds? Weak on strings, piano. But I actually like the RS piano sound. Strong on organs & classic synth sounds.

Keys? I love the key action on this board LOVE IT!

23.8 pounds & 88 keys? If you don't like that, I don't know what to say. Oh yeah, I paid <$1K for it new. 88 keys, 64 notes polyphony & under $1K. I wish Roland still made synths that fit that description. A GREAT MIDI contoller.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-22-2011 at 12:14
louparte a part-time user from SE Asia writes:
As of February, 2011, there are no 88 S/W key synths, with full patch sets that weigh less than 25 pounds. Not only that, the RS9 had assigned (not assignable) knobs & had the D-Beam!

It was & is a bargain. I live in Asia now. Mine is back in the US. And I miss it so much! There is nothing on the market today - by any manufacturer - that compares. For that reason - I give it a "5". I wish I had mine with me. It's my favorite MIDI controller/gigging synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-17-2011 at 12:10
Rusty a part-time user from Sydeny Australia writes:
I recently bought a Roland RS-9 to use in a weekend band, I needed a lightwieght, semiweighted, 76~88 keyboard with adequete sounds, that could also work as acontroller if necessary. I think the sounds are useable but not great. So I am trying to use it control my other module (XV5050)..Is there anybody who knows this synth enough to tell me :::::??

Can the sounds saved to the "Favorites" be enabled to call up the right patches on an external module?

How can I control the VOLUME of the external synth? the volume knob on the RS-9 does'nt seem to send any cc07 messages....What about with a EV-5 pedal ? would that be able to control BOTH the RS-9 and the Xv5050?? I look forward to someones help

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-17-2010 at 05:16
Varden Grayer a professional user from USA writes:
I bought 2 RS 9s back in 2001. I bought one for me and one for my mother. I have never used out in public, but it is still a great board. The 88 keys is a big help. My mother enjoys the heck out of it. She's in her late 60s and it's real easy for her to use. Roland is still the best board maker on the planet. I can say that because I've been playing Rolands since I was kid back in 1979.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-07-2008 at 12:40
J a hobbyist user from U.S.A writes:
I have had my RS 9 for 5 years, since about May of '01 when it came out. I have played it A LOT. It is very very reliable, and got knows it can take a beating. The effect knobs are very easy to to use, in fact, the whole keyboard is easy to use. The semi-weighted keys give it that certain feel, but are light enough to play fast. However the piano sounds are not great at all. Brass, strings, and some very few synth sounds are cool. Organs and Rhodes are a little weird, low keys sound TOO DEEP, high keys sound TOO BRIGHT & HIGH... but I would recomend to someone looking for an 88 key that's affordable. The little brother RS 5 is the same in a 61 key if you don't need the 88.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-30-2006 at 14:25
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