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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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David Grimmel a part-time user from Lewiston Maine writes:
I bought the Roland D-5 back in 91' when it was fairly new (manuals and all). It was the floor display model and I think I paid $700 for it. The sounds are so-so without an effects processor. Overall it's been a pretty sturdy keyboard, except for the buttons on the unit. Mine are starting to fall INTO the unit, since they've been pressed so many time. Had it repaired and only 1 button fell in again. But for close to 10 years of use I guess I got my money's worth. Still using it as my main controller and I bang on at least 3-5 days a week practicing with my band. 1 problem I had was creating patches and then saving them. EVERY time I tried to save one it would never keep the save. Can save sounds with the memory card but not the unit itself. Maybe just a faulty unit. Anyways, I've been fairly happy with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-02-2000 at 09:07
Ambiguous Desire a professional user from US writes:
This was my first keyboard, purchased way back in in those crazy '80's (1988 to be exact). Back then, when I was 16/17, it was great. I hooked it up to an MC-500, added an R-5, and I was in New Wave heaven. But then the PROteus/1 and the U-220 hit my rack. I hardly used the D-5 for 5 full years. Now I have started to bring some of the sounds into the songs. The leads are good, as are the first 16 patches in Bank "B". The natural sounds are not all that great, but they can be useful. Please don't compare this to the other D series keyboards. This one was made to be an entry level unit. If you want top quality with a D series, get the D-20 or D-50. Overall, great as my first keyboad, adequate now that it's 10+ years old standing next to a sampler.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-30-1999 at 18:44
Pete Sapwell a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Bought my D-5 for £170, it has given me years of pleasure, had problems with Velocity sensing going down, Love the Strings and Bass sounds, Piano is .. Well leaves a little to be desired. Get a four track and a D-5 you will be suprised at what you can do. Oh I have both Manuals for this synth, if you need a copy mail me, I'm sure I could help you out !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-14-1999 at 20:14
Troy Micheal Stultz a part-timer user from USA writes:
I needed an extra keyboard to go with my Roland XP-80... The D-5 fit the bill...I bought one from Guitar Center in Texas (used of course) on September 1st,1998... I use it along with a "NanoVerb"...I found that you can layer sounds and I especially like layering the organs... I paid $265 for it and I feel that it's worth every dime... For me, it make an excellent second keyboard for jammin' with a band... The organ sounds are great and the strings are nice also... The only regrets about the D-5 is that the polyphony is not big and the piano sounds are sad, sad, sad...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-09-1998 at 18:32
tweaker a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Just got a used D-5 a couple days ago and overall I'm pretty happy with it. I wanted an inexpensive synth that was good at producing synth type tones, pads and ambience. The D-5 does. Just about all patches have a powerful low end with warmth and punch. ( I can only imagine what a bigger D-series synths might sound like!) The bass sounds are the best of the bunch, and the brass, synth, and weird noises are very good too. The drums are better than expected also. NOT good for general midi , acoustic sounds. Get a good GM module for that. No onboard effects either, so I patch mine thru an Alesis nanoverb for fairly good reverbs, etc.

I got mine used , without a manual , so if anyone knows where I can get one, I'd appreciate it. I'm not sure what some of the parameters are when programming sounds. (And I figure there's at least something in the manual that I haven't discovered yet.) I wish there was a filter or two to fiddle around with when programming. I've been trying to get the synth tones from some Rush tunes like Subdivisions and La Villa Strangiato, and I've come close, but not quite there. So if anybody's nailed Rush, Saga, Honeymoon Suite, NIN, Genesis, or any other cool rock band's synth tones for the D-5, send 'em my way!

To conclude, this is a pretty happnin' little synth that's a bunch of fun to tweak, that produces good synthy type tones and didn't cost me an arm and a leg.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-16-1998 at 20:08
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