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Re: Synths similar to the RS-09?

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:41 am
by Ashe37
wiss wrote:the Roland RS 09 can usually be found for $100 to $200 on Craigslist, swap meets, pawn shops, guitar shops, and thrift shops.
maybe in Chicago...

Re: Synths similar to the RS-09?

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:53 am
by commodorejohn
Yeah, if you can line me up a $100-200 RS-09 I'll take that sucker...

Re: Synths similar to the RS-09?

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:10 pm
by DesolationBlvd
I paid about $350 including shipping for my RS-09.

RS-09 wasn't my first choice (would have rather had a Crumar Performer or ARP Omni if space, money, and maintenance weren't limitations), but it grew on me. One trick up its sleeve is running it into a monosynth to get a paraphonic synth sound - organ out into mono's filter in, gate out into mono's gate in.
commodorejohn wrote:Actually, now that you mention it, you could probably get just as good results with digital oscillators/envelopes and the output routed through a nice analog chorus, especially since (as I understand it) most stringer "sawtooth" waveforms are stepped digital-style anyway (since they're generally created by mixing successive divide-down octaves of square waves, which pretty much works out to creating a binary n-bit counter...)
The ensemble chorus really is the biggest part of the string machine sound. I saw a video with a Yamaha GS-1 going from a thin FM "sawtooth" / violin sound, to a convincing string machine sound, using its internal ensemble.