The synthesizer operated using sawtooth wave oscillators, which used a frequency divider in a similar manner to an electronic organ to provide full polyphony across a five-octave keyboard. The signal was then fed through a single envelope shaper, making the instrument paraphonic. The front panel had two separate controls for the top and bottom of the keyboard, which could have independent sounds. Each note could be assigned a separate envelope articulation, which was necessary to avoid re-triggering the attack if an extra note was added to an existing chord being played. To achieve a more realistic sound of an ensemble of string players, the output was fed through a chorus effect using a number of delay lines triggered by low frequency oscillators.
An American company called Multivox manufactured a clone of the RS-202, called the MX-202. It used similar internal components, though the sound was weaker.
Notable users [ edit ]
- Tony Banks (Genesis)
- Rod Argent
- Jethro Tull's John Evan and David Palmer
- Camel's Peter Bardens
- Los Bukis
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- Jenkins 2009, p. 89.
- "A Tale of Two String Synths". Sound on Sound. July 2002. Archived from the original on 8 March 2005.
- "ROLAND RS202". Hollow Sun. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
"Roland RS-202". 36–37. The Music Journal. 1978: 108.
Cite journal requires
- "How do I re-create the sound of those old string synths?". Sound on Sound. March 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Roland RS-202 Strings". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- Jenkins 2009, p. 135.