Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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DeadZone writes:
Just wanted to give my comment. I have owned both D-50 and JD-800 and now have JD-990. I have also own JV-2080 and have owned newer XV-series. The newer synths they make, far they go as soundwise compared to JD. XV sounds great but I still went back to JV and kept the JD. JD sounds so great and different than new synths that I'm not going to get rid of it. D-50 still sounds good for new age etc, just better to use outboard effects...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-11-2004 at 04:33
123bpm a part-time user from berlin writes:
I totally disagree that the D50 is a bad version of the JD800. I own both of them. Absolutely nothing in common.

While the JD800, a nice synth anyway, is a bit out of date and can be replaced by a lot of synths, the D50 offers a unique warm 80ies sound.

Also there is no ring modulator in the JD800.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-10-2004 at 11:27
Peter a part-time user from Belgium writes:
It was my first synth. If it ever gets broken, I'll replace it immedeately. I honestly don't think I'll ever get rid of it. The padsounds are still great. You will also find lots of support, editors and sounds on the net. In these 80's-revivaldays and for the price they sell it second-hand, you just can't go wrong with this classy synth. A big minus is the lack of multitimbrality.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-2004 at 18:44
Bryn a professional user from N. Wales writes:
This synth is total rompler. In fact, this is the synth which started and promoted the rompler cause and is a symbol for everything the rompler synth stands for. I'm not saying that's bad, but rather a fact. The sample loops are very dodgey and the polyphony is just too limited. With the JD800 being reasonably cheap nowadays, why would anyone want a D50. It sounds very much like a limited version of the JD and is a bugger to program with its DAC. The M1 is also cheap and sinks it without trace. The D50 is not multitimbral, unlike other D range synths. The effects are very primative. The D20 is a better deal.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-2004 at 02:04
steve a hobbyist user from California, USA writes:
The D-50 is truly in a class by itself. I have yet to play anything else that comes close to it. The presets are alright, but the slightest touch in programming gives you tons of more possibilities. The D-50 is a must-have, but it's foolish to say this is the ONLY keyboard to hvae. Might not be the best choice for a primary synth, but it will always have a new sound for you if you keep it around in your studio. I love the D-50. It gets my award for most original sounds, and the Obi-Wan-Kenobi "Old but classy" award.

posted Sunday-Jan-11-2004 at 23:00
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