Roland Organ/Strings 09 (RS-09)

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The RS-09 is an analog string and organ synthesizer (similar to the Saturn-09 which only produced an organ sound). It's old, it's cheap and they're usually worth finding! The string sound and organ sounds are nice, fatty analog sounds. The organ and string sections can be played simultaneously or individually. An ensemble/chorus effect and external sound input are welcome features. But aside from all this, there isn't much else left to this synth. A simple 2-vco architecture with simple and limited editable parameters, no patch memory and a small keyboard.

Roland RS-09 Image

There are three versions of this unit. The one shown above is a V.3. The differences are mainly cosmetic and in the control surface; the V.3 uses touch-switches, the V.1 uses rockers and tends to be more reliable due to that. This instrument can be found for around $100, and they could add a nice flavor to any modern analog-electronic keyboard studio. It has been used by Jimi Tenor, UB40, and The Cure.

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29 Visitor comments
Cureco
January 27, 2010 @ 9:27 pm
Also it is in use by Zoe and Three Imaginary Boys one of the best The Cure Tribute Band in Mexico
drew
September 1, 2009 @ 9:27 pm
This is the PERFECT string sound...EVER! But good luck finding one for $100. Try $300+. The estimated values on here are not very accurate.
Micke
July 15, 2009 @ 2:32 pm
Also used by Our Daughters Wedding, Wall of Voodoo, The Sound, Michael MacNeil/Simple Minds and Klaus Doldinger/Passport.
Mushy
June 15, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
It was used also by SPK during a live in Madrid 1983.
It sounds so good.
ets
April 17, 2009 @ 5:56 pm
i have ones..v.3 version..chorus sounds great...
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Duo/Polyphonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs (String or Organ)
  • Effects - Ensemble/Chorus
  • Memory - None
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Control - Gate Out only
  • Date Produced - 1979 - 1980

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