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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Robbie J S a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This synth is,well... really bad in some areas and really good in others. The bass is extremly 303'ie and the strings are ok.. the velocity sensitivity is a lil lacking but then mine looks like it has goten beat up scince 1989 (i bought it last year, 2000)saying that, it is still going and its 12 years old now.. if you see one for UNDER a ton buy it, if its over it best be in really good condition or your being ripped off.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-10-2001 at 20:34
andreas from sweden writes:
this synth has really nice synthpads! i think, it is brilliant alternative to a midisynth (8+1 parts), if you want to get allroundsounds i can recommend it, if the price is right. some sounds are really clear and fantastic sounding.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 09:26
bobbye turner a professional user from austin texas writes:
i just bought one last week. if anyone can run the features to me i'd appriciate it. i've been using it as a controller. i dont like the the factory sounds much. i know it has potential, so please give me some feedback on the sounds you have created. oh, also, can you make the chase/ arpegiation work in multi/layer mode? if not that sucks. anyway- so far its been well worth the 200 dollars i spent just as a controller.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-27-2000 at 08:14
Wolf Zeuner a part-time user from Minneapolis writes:
A wonderful shop (Encore Music) sells 98+% guitars. One day in '99, this poor D-5 was sitting there -- dusty, no manual, crap power supply (non-Roland), and 6 dead keys to boot... for $135. Took it home next paycheck, no regrets. I drive it with an EP-7, but the main kbd allows me to set up tones, and the strange effects in Performance (chase, etc.) are a trip. I've found great flexibility modifying parameters live -- yeah, jabbing at the dumb clicky buttons, but when I run a 4-finger arpeggio while tweaking, it paints a surprisingly dense background for the other players; with a small patch-changer, I'd be in heaven. Reminds me of a '67 Nova, a musclecar for teenagers -- the D-5 isn't for artists, it's a stripped-down hotrod. If you want big/wide/pretty/comfy, this ain't the one. If you want loud/crude/reliable & (ultimately) disposable, try a D-5.

posted Saturday-Mar-11-2000 at 02:16
MaddMannMatt a part-time user from USA writes:
My 1st "Pro" synth, I bought it after seeing it gather dust at a local shoppe as a display model for about $600. Up till then I had been using a friend's Kawai K1 as a controller and synth.

The D-5 was a nice General MIDI instrument, but was kind of thin on sounds. It has a nice metal body and good keys. Aftertouch is pretty nice. I was a bit annoyed with the 2-line "dot-matrix" display and having to scroll constantly to get where I wanted to go.

The pitch bend knob?wheel (the "?" is not there by mistake!) is a bit weird too. It's a wheel with a stick molded to the top-center of it. I suppose that Roland probably figgered that it would be easier to manage and grip it if they did this to it. I found it a bit odd to work with. The "wheel" doubles as a mod controller, but not very well. Plus it's on a plane parallel to the front edge of the 'board and not at the usual perpendicular angle. I prefer 2 seperate wheels, myself.

This sucker's HEAVY. It reminds me of the weighted key Ensoniqs that so many of my buddies have.

I never got any ROM card(s) for it, but I understand that they add a but more capablilty. Good luck finding any now, though.

The manual is the standard antimanual that came with so many of the Roland synths in the late 80's and early 90's: good because they give you enough info to get yourself into trouble, but usually a good kind of trouble.

If you are looking for a good starter synth, this is a good bet, but you could probably get the same enjoyment and creativity out of a Kawai K1! Or you could just get a decent controller and get a bunch of modules and have the same thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-23-2000 at 12:29
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