Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Bappi from Bangladesh writes:
Who knows how to load d50 patches from computer? What kind of midi cables are needed? Please reply?

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-25-2006 at 08:31

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-23-2006 at 17:36
Arthur Byerly a part-time user from Great Bend, Ks writes:
I traded my Moog Mg-1 that I payed 25 bucks for, for a D-50 with manuals and cd with some patches. This one long lost its original patch set but my friend has one and i'm not missing them horribly. I'll admit at first, programming was a bear but I just had to understand the wording. After I got used to the interface, i have to say this board is very, very awesome. The aftertouch is very expressive and will brighten up any sound. Soundwise, this thing is clear bright but has an analog quality to it at the same time. This doesnt do realistic "allthough, i got a b-3 on here that rocks." What it does and does better then 90% of the boards out there is surreal. It does sounds other boards cant do and thats its strength. It doesnt do moog bass, oberheim brass, or arp leads. It does D-50 surrealness. If you need acoustic or to try to do what other boards do, buy a piano or those other synths. If you want awesome sounds no other synth can even imagine to do, buy this. Trust me, this isnt a synth for the fad buyers or the easily intimidated. If you have the patience, this synth will reward.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-26-2005 at 21:35
Wendy a professional user from Manchester, UK. writes:
I used a D50 for several years. I then bought a JD800 which has all of the best waveforms from the D50, loads more quality sounds, more polyphony, more and better effects, a better (beautiful)interface and a stronger build. The D50 is hopelessly out of date and doesn't offer anything above even the most simple rompler synth available today. The JD800 can be bought so much cheaper nowadays. Why would anyone persevere with the D50? A D50 with the pg1000 is often more expensive. Madness! The waveforms on the D50 are quite rough if you switch off the effects. I always found the D50 difficult to work with and increasingly used an M1 which I bought soon after the D50. That sounded so much better and still does, of course. It was also easier to work with. A much more effective and satisfying unit to work with. The D50 is in no way unique. A JD800 can easily reproduce it soundscape and tons more. A D10 is multitimbral and has more polyphony. A D20 has that plus a sequencer. If you want nice pads and strings and don't have much money, then buy a D50. It is light and easy to shift about and is quite reliable, though the micro switches can be a pain. A JV30 is a better deal. A JV80 is a much better deal. The D50 isn't a va, it isn't an analogue, or anything special. It's an old, basically specified rompler which time has not been kind to.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-12-2005 at 02:44
sean a professional user from England writes:
i really am fed up with these arguments about the D50, yes its old yes its limited, but for gods sake wake up, if you want analog or virtual analog, go buy one, if you want cheesy sounds go buy a casio or bontempi, if you lots of nice 'real world' sounds go buy a trinity or triton or whatever latest flavour korg are offering, i've owned and played virtually every synth thats been made at some time except of course the biggies, you know ppg, synclaviar etc. what i'm is every synth has a place, for whatever you want it for, the D50 is the only synth i ever kept, it is not hard to program, just different, and remember guys i was brought up on analogs; the moral here is stop bickering about what a synth can or can't do concentrate on making music guys and use each for what they are good at, and the D50 is good for gassy other worldly pads, strange new digital sounds, and freaky sounds, no other synth comes even close. i still take mine out live, and still use it in the studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-10-2005 at 11:32
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