Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Dave Stockton a part-time user from England writes:
This is the second time that I have owned a D50, I sold the first one in 1993 to upgrade, years later I found I missed certain sounds such as string pads organs and certain unique sounds I managed to create, unless your a sadist you really need to use a sound that has a similarity to what you want to create and then tweak it till your happy, get the PG1000 programmer I have had one for each D50 and it makes it a whole lot easier even then the programmer sliders are multi function, the other reason I bought another is the keyboard, it has good feel has velocity and aftertouch, good enough for Gary Numan to replace his Jx's, sadly sound cards are no longer available for it now so must be cheap.....Buy the Supernova 2 as well if you can afford it....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-14-2003 at 19:46
Dave T a professional user writes:
Wrong! The M1 is a far superior synth and many of its sounds are still excellent and used everywhere. The D50 is ok but is very outdated in most respects. The sounds are copied and improved upon on most Roland synths. The M1 is a better sounding and better build keyboard which is still used in top studios. Get a JD800 if you want a classy Roland rompler.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-26-2003 at 12:46
Henning a professional user from Germany writes:
First, please excuse my bad english! if there are errors in grammars, i´m to blame, not the synth!In Short! the d 550 is an absolutely great Synth! Everybody, who said, it´s not programmable, should learn to programm their own sounds or buy presetsynths! By the way, there is f.e. Sounddiver by emagic and with this, programming should be easy! i have a lot of synths (Roland xp 80, juno, d 110, d 70, Yamaha s 80, an 1x, tg 55, tg 77 Korg 03/rw) and none of this synths have the ability to create some sounds of the d 550. And everybody, who are complaining, that the pianos doesn´t sound good, should learn something about synthesizers! And the worst thing i read in these reviews, is that a Korg M 1 sounds better! Bullshit! the M 1 has a lot of different sounds, right! but none of these sounds are really good. even, when the M 1 was young, there were better synth! the only advantage of the m 1 was, that it was the first workstation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-26-2003 at 09:15
sean crighton-hara a professional user from united kingdom writes:
i've had my d50 for ages and to be honest i would'nt part with it for anything, sure there are other and more powerful synths out there but when it matters the d50 still counts where it matters; i think people got too hung up on the onboard sounds some were very overused and everyone got sick of hearing them but a little judicious pruning of the sounds and they sound as fresh as they ever did. now dont get me wrong this is not a synth for everyone but i'd say most people or bands would use it, the m1 killed it when it came out but i dont know why the sounds are awfull, i think what people forget is that the m1 had to use mass'es of fx to sound big the d50 already did sound big it used fx to produce the weirder sounds some very cold some very warm. come on chaps dont get hung up on this is better than that or whatever they are different, if everything sounded the same it would be a very boring world like the keyboards for what they are not what they are not. to me roland have always sound warm glassy and almost transparent sounds. thanks all.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-12-2003 at 11:24
Zen a professional user from London writes:
Good once. Now hideously out of date and with nothing to offer. Don't buy unless very cheap. Funny enough they aren't as cheap as you would think. Often,even more expensive than an M1 which is ten times the synth in every way. If you need an old Roland rompler buy yourself a kicking JD800. The D50's time has come and gone and will never return. As always, mostly played by guys in pubs. The M1 came out a little too close for the D50 and sunk it without trace. Any new rompler is light years better in every way, so why bother? Nostalgia I suppose.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-18-2003 at 13:37
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