Roland Saturn 09

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The Saturn 09 is an analog organ synthesizer (similar to the RS-09 which added a string sound). Probably not the best Organ synth, but with imagination, the Saturn is capable of creating some cool sounds for techno/ambient music, ie: low drone organ bass tones or blips. There is very little demand for this instrument so they can be found for under $100, and they will add a nice flavor to any modern analog-electronic keyboard studio. It has been used by Newcleus and is probably hidden among the rigs of a few other electro-artists!

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Planetplayer
December 23, 2008 @ 12:23 pm
I played the Saturn 09 and loved it in early 1980's. It is not as big sounding as other Roland "Space" instruments at the time, but it sounds great. String sounds are nice. Then came the RS-09. I was confused because both were the same type of instrument with different name. RS-09 sounded more analogue synthy. They should have kept the name Saturn or did RS-09 mean Roland Saturn 09.
DoctorAl
October 14, 2008 @ 8:51 am
The Saturn 09 isn't really an organ synthesizer - it can make sounds much like a home organ, but don't let the drawbar-like controls fool you. The four tone selectors vary from a square-wave to bright string-like sounds, and with the ability to change the envelope make this more versatile, if less straightforward, than the RS-09. For best effect, obtain a monosynth with Gate In and use its filters and ADSR with the Saturn. Cheap portable fun for all - get one before they become the next must-have thing.
andoni
September 21, 2008 @ 11:53 am
Think SID chip sounding, dead commodore 64, Sega vibes when playing this. Valid Point by Knobeploit. It shares the same cosmetic parts of the tr-808, which add to it's coolness. Lovely rainbow effect down the knobs. Dead sterdy, a cheap alturntive to anyone want's invest in analog. Don't let it's lack features put you off. Lot's invation there for someone twiddly enough. Class!!
knobexploit
September 10, 2008 @ 12:52 pm
Funny little octave divide organ keyboard.
Demand for this instrument is on the rise. Machine is small, easy to transport around and sits nicely on top of you Rhodes or other live machine to give you that extra sound here and there. Loves some FX.
Classic Roland build quality, some have used a Saturn to chop it to pieces and use parts to restore the pricy TR808
Not the best practise if i may say but effective in providing some hard to find TR-808 parts. ..I love its looks
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Polyphonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO
  • Effects - Ensemble (chorus), Vibrato
  • Keyboard - 44 Keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1980
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