Roland

RS-101

Synthesizer

Main Details
Maker Roland Company
Function
Form Factor Keyboard
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Date Produced 1975-
Dimensions W:910mm (35.8in) D:360mm (14in) H:163mm (6.4in)
Weight 17 kg
Notes And what of the RS101 'Strings'? This was a nice ensemble keyboard that failed to cause much of a ripple upon its release. It offered independent Strings I, Strings II, and Brass presets either side of a keyboard split. Each side of the split offered a Tone control, and independent Slow Attack, variable Sustain and Volume Soft options, thus allowing you to play bi-timbrally. The RS101 offered individual VCAs and envelopes for each note, so it could articulate sounds correctly. This was a huge improvement over the market leader, the ARP/Eminent Solina. Physically, it was compact and sturdy, and much lighter than the Solina, so it was also the more convenient of the two. Yet it sank almost without trace. Nearly 30 years later, I still don't understand why this happened, and I suspect that its designers felt the same way. -sound on sound

Edit - The Ensemble feature was not on the RS-101, it made its appearance on this units successor - the RS-202.

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