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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Agent Meow a part-time user from NM, USA writes:
Against better judgement due to poor reviews online, I bought this synth for a whopping 75.00. I am very glad I bought this board.

I write a whole lot of electronic music, mainly darkwave, trip-hop, and other industrial-styled dance music. For these genres, the D5 is A PERFECT 10/10 synth in terms of playable sounds. Most of the factory horns, leads, and strings have the perfect low-fi, detuned sine/saw noise that you hear in most dark dance music, making the D5 useable for almost any electronic music. It does great drone pads for trip-hop, and a lot of FM-style punch basses for house music. This synth has delay, chord play, and an arpeggiator. PROGRAMMING IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, SO DON'T TRY. You can, however, download roland's FREE patch editor and edit sysex sounds over MIDI. D5 also takes semi-easy-to-find PCMCIA explansion cartriges for tons more sounds.

I have never had a cheap synth contain SO MANY useable sounds right out of the box. In terms of old 80's synths, I have everythign from the DX7 and ESQ1 to the older Polysix and Juno61. I own an alesis QS8 and have owned a Korg Trinity. I believe many of these boards have a sound all their own, something that cannot be duplicated by just recreating the patch on another synth. The D5 has a sound all it's own: low-fi, but very cool and professional sounding. This is no board for the jazz or classical musician, but if you're into crazy dance music, this is a GOOD investment for 150 or less! Trust me!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-25-2003 at 15:32
Rob "bobby luvin" Shread a professional user from Nottingham UK writes:
I've left a review on this synth before, way back once i'd just bought it. I paid £70 and than sold it the month after for £65!

I thought it was my lack of experience that made it difficult to prgram, but..nooooo.. it is truly awkward to use!! The keys pop out if you get to enfusiastic and some of the presets where a joke!!

I've since bought a D550 (i didn't put me of the D series all togther luckily) and i adore my D550, its so lushes and rich and thick in comparisson. I know theres a whole 2 synths between them (D10, D20) but i never could have expected the differnce between the two considering its the same form of synthisis!

Don'y buy one unless to litterlry PLAY with. if you considering it then spend the litle extra on a D10.. you'll thank me, trust me.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-01-2003 at 14:07
DeadZone from writes:
D5 is amazingly complex machine. I didn't have manual too, but I managed to get PG-10 programmer which is must since there is no any data slider out there. So try to find one, they are relative cheap (mine cost about $50 but that was over 7 years ago). It can make great synth sounds, sweeps, basses, pads etc and some organs/ep's too but not acoustic sounds. Sadly interface is really crap (every synth had back to the late 80's) and the machine is so complex(LA) so many don't even bother to edit it nowadays.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2003 at 04:29
Neil a part-time user from UK writes:
This was my first synth, new, back in 89. You can get some great sounds out of it if you put the effort in, but it's not well suited for 'real' instruments. But for analogue style squeaks and blips and pads and drums it's an absolute wonder - great for Erasure-y multi-layered synth tracks. For a couple of years I knocked out tracks using *only* the D5 with 7 channels plus drums, and it was just incredible what I achieved with it when I had to make it stretch. I tell ya' I was far more productive using my little D5 than I am now with my rack of fancy-pants synths and all-singing software.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-26-2002 at 19:41
ffgfg a hobbyist user from ohmavenue writes:
Got mine brand new in 88? paid around $800 for it at the time I could only afford a D5 or K1.D5 was very underated the k1 was very very popular.took it home with a brandd new MMT8. Never regret a moment with it. this synth has the worse preset but with a little time and some help from external fx this synth definetely has cheracter. synth pads, nothing like others try to program it on your own and yyou'll fall in love with it just like me. the easiest keys to understand as always with every Roland products. thank you for the fine memory

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-23-2002 at 05:51
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