Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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The Airies Project a part-time user from uk writes:
I have to sort of agree with curtis electric on this one,the D50 is a fine synthesiser even by todays standards.Why?It is an untapped masterpiece;some of the sounds that can be coaxed from this machine are breathtaking. The presets are absolutely terrible but are good starting points I suppose. I have made some of the most disturbing floor shaking atmospherics with this synth.Have you ever been to the cinema and watched a Sci fi movie and the atmospheres make the floor shake in the Cinema?Well this machine does them sounds,and who said the reverb is unusable?The reverb is great,its sounds dirty and disturbing and is very unatural sounding which is great for when you want to make alarming atmosFEARS, You would not really use this synth for deep bass sounds as you can get better bass from Analogs and virtual analogs but I have to say for pads,strings drones space tones and other weirdness this synth is tops. They go for cheap as chips,well until BOARDS OF CANADA tell everyone they use D50s put through sheman filter banks for some of their sounds. I have made loads of BOC sounds with this machine.When ever I see a cheap D50 I buy it and I have loads of high end Analogues. One of the finest synths ever?maybe not but an awesome machine that is still untapped. 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-11-2007 at 14:41
curtis electric a part-time user from uk writes:
One of the finest synthesisers ever created and I have owned them all,well nearly. The most haunting beautiful unworldly sounding synths ever made. Can make most sounds and has a strange tone to it that no other synth I have ever heard can match. Awesome.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-10-2007 at 23:23
Max a part-time user from berlin writes:
i once owned a D50 and sold it, it consumed too much space in my limited studio. I think, the programmer is a must. Now I will hopefully purchase a D550 rack version. In my opinion, it is a unique synth. I have also a lot of other gear, but this unit sounds differently to anything else. Probably the warmest digital synth out there. I have a JD-800, a totally different machine! Good in its way. Another fantastic synth is Absynth, covering perhaps the same area of sounds like the D50, big at pads. The D50 patches in the JV-2080 are ridiculous. I have the vintage card, a D50 doesn't sound like a D50, a Juno 6 not like a Juno 6. What did they think when they put in these sounds?

Anyway, you should check out this synth. It will not be the central peace of your studio, but a nice addition, a "secret weapon". Sound is so different from plastic soft synthesizers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-24-2006 at 09:38
Marcus a professional user from Sweden writes:
Well well... a wet dream from my early ears, finally in my possesion! Ever since I first heard the D-50 I have always wanted one and now it is mine! Bought it for a mere 200 bucks and it was nearly mint condition. All knobs and buttons worked perfectly! Sounds are nothing short of excellent! Presets are OK apart from a few downers but the D-50 really shows its power when being programmed.

Fat rich pads out of this world that puts many of todays monstermachines to shame. You can really do stuff unlike anthing you´ve ever heard before! And it´s darn sexy to boot! Sleek, black, slimmed yet sturdy and (cliche) built as a tank!

I will NEVER get rid of this one! NEVER!

Forget the "real" sounds. This is analog heaven!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-07-2006 at 17:31
jay a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Gentlemen, I am planning to buy a Roland D50. I would appreciate if someone can tell me where can I buy it apart from ebay, and should I go for Roland D50 or XP80 ? I am really confused. I stay in chicago for the reference, one can always email me on

I would greatly appreciate any advise provided on my querries. Thankning you.

Sincerely, Jay.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-06-2006 at 20:54
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