Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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julskey a hobbyist user from philippines writes:
The D-50 is a very good keyboard, in build and in sounds. It is still being used today. Its limitation is in Polyphony. You only get to play 4 notes at a time for those luscious pads. You can use it effectively for brass, pads, bells, fantasy, etc, where you only use a few notes at a time. For E.Piano, nothing beats the DX7 or SY77. None the less, I still love my D-50.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-10-2011 at 21:58
lykas from usa writes:
The D50 rests on the shoulders of the Yamaha DX7, preferrably the DX7IIFD. Carefully research your history folks. For some, those two were opponents. For others like myself, those two go together. For all the comparative reasons one could fathom....those two are married and all boards after them are just the children they bore.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-28-2011 at 12:05
catomato a professional user from finland writes:
the D50 is comparatively a gorgeous looking board. Still makes people stare as the cosmetic design was years ahead of its time. The bouncy snappy ultra white keyboard still feels great and unmatched. The curiously delayed feel when pressing keys to the attack timing still has its appeal. And the fact that it is a landmark foundation of the digital synth era from which all keyboards after it came as superior copy cats makes it one of the most endearing synthesizers in history. I get such satisfaction when I see that board in a concert with such world renowned musicical acts such as Yanni when he played at the acropolis and you can see the D50 under the control of one of Yanni's keyboardists. The D50 is not the kind of board to put up against any super board of today in a head to head contest because the D50 is the mother from which all the boards of today received the fruit of their design inspiration. Its like comparing your brother who is a successful world reknown surgeon to your mother who is probably now in her 70's. Brother may have the accolades.....but dear little old mom still makes you feel the happiest and secure wi and since your surgeon brother was born from her...she is still the one who gets the glory.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-28-2011 at 11:47
Phil a part-time user from UK writes:
Bought my D50 a month ago after seeing some demos on Youtube. In the flesh, and with a load of third party soundbanks to choose from, I can honestly say this is already one of my favourite synths. While what's on Youtube is good, they don't do the machine justice. Utterly gorgeous pads and strings, some solid organs and decent bass. A bit weak on the piano's but what you gonna do? I've yet to tackle programming anything on it but to be honest, right now I'm having too much fun to bother. Don't pass up an opportunity to get one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-02-2010 at 07:08
corky a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I think of the D50 the same thing I think of a cassette player or 8 track machine. Its time came and went. You can still enjoy an 8 track for nostalgia's sake but nothing beats a clean sounding CD. I have a D50 and its fun for a little while but it gets old quick. There's really not that much fun in listening to crappy sounds when there is so much better equipment available nowadays. The D50 does have nice analog sounds but honestly the attack on most of its sounds suffer from what today is known as latency. The D50 feels delayed in its attack when notes are produced. I will give it credit at producing nice analog and organ and FX, flute and some pad sounds or string sounds. Visually it is a very stunning keyboard. It looks interesting in any setup. It is a legendary keyboard but its time has passed. A more useful keyboard that has stood the test of time despite the fact that it does not use samples, but still does not cease to amaze in its usefulness is the Yamaha DX7II. It has serious electric pianos and bells and vibes and organs too. I have a DX7IIFD and overall it sounds more useful than the D50. The DX even has the ability to imitate a real live saxophone.....it is mind boggling because it has no ability to play samples. It is overall more useful despite the fact that it has no effects

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-12-2010 at 00:46
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