Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

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Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby aeccoin » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:03 pm

I have the opportunity to buy either a Roland RS-09 or a Sequential Circuits Prelude.

I've checked out both online but not in person. They're both really over priced (RS-09 is $695 and Prelude is $799)...

However, I'm still interested. I really want a good 80's analogue string sound so I'm leaning a bit towards the RS-09.

Thoughts?
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby silikon » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:44 pm

I own an RS-09...It's nice for exactly what you described, and little else, without the aid of outboard processing of some sort.

I've found some interesting sounds from that machine with the aid of a nice chorus and a little verb on the end...

I don't know much about the SCI Prelude... But your description about price; I certainly didn't pay those prices for mine, and it's in flawless shape. I would expect that you would be able to find an RS-09 for around $400-500 in really nice shape.

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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby Big Gnome » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:30 am

The Prelude is an excellent string machine with a surprising amount of sound design potential (for what it is, of course), but half that price would still be way too much. I got mine (with glitchy sliders, which I've since cleaned, and two dead-ish keys) a few years back for $140-something.
I don't know anything about the RS, although I personally like what I've heard of Roland's stringers very much. That price seems awfully damn high though.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby gordwiebe » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:40 am

are you in Toronto? I just saw those two boards used at L+M along with a korg delta and a few other vintage polyphonics - somebody must have dumped all their old gear.
I think they are overpriced though (which is odd, L+M usually has pretty fair used deals) - rs-09's can be found for a lot cheaper.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby wiss » Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:44 am

I've owned them both...they are both excellent stringers. The Roland RS-09 strings are a little thicker, that chorus ensemble is second to none. The Prelude has much more range and the brass, piano, and organ are not that bad . You would be happy with either one of them. If you are patient, you should be able to grab either one of them below $300USD.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby redchapterjubilee » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:37 pm

I have them both in the studio this week (on loan from the bass player in my rock band) and they are both severely limited. The RS-09 has a better basic sound. The strings really benefit from the Roland chorus. That said, you can dial in more diverse sounds with the Prelude. The piano tone can make decent bass, the strings sound like stringer strings, the flange setting on the chorus is interesting, etc. No way are either worth what you would be paying for them. I'm with Wiss. Hold out, be patient, and you should be able to score one in the $300 range.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby madtheory » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:15 am

Ya, the prices you've been quoted are nuts. You might as well get a laptop just to run VSM, it would be much better value.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby monolith » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:18 am

I love the RS-09 but agree $600 is way too much.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby Automatic Gainsay » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:10 am

Korg Lambda. That is all.
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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby wiss » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:47 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:Korg Lambda. That is all.


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Re: Roland RS-09 VS. Sequential Circuits Prelude

Postby gordwiebe » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:29 pm

the lambda is the other one at the store I was at - it's a great looking piece! I could imagine myself playing away while eating a tv dinner on top of it.
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