Synth Site: Roland: D-50 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Scott a part-timer user from USA writes:
Finally got a hold of one of these beasts, and I have to say, it has a sonic space all its' own. The action of the keyboard alone is worth the $300 to $500 you'll pay for it. Makes a wonderful controller, but better still, makes some wonderful sounds. The built in EQ gives you so much control of the resulting sound, that you'd think most current synths would incorporate it. While it's not great for everything (show me a synth that is) it does have a very identifiable sound.

The synthesizer side of the unit is brilliant. You can get some great pads/leads out of it with ease. And, yes, even with the PG-1000, it can be a rather confusing box to program on. But some of your worst mistakes can end up being your favorite patches. It can go from full on beef to thin and breezy. Holds it's own in the mix, whether it be out in front, or subliminal. A keeper for sure.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-1999 at 11:47
Monkey a professional user from monkey-nospam-@monkeypaw.com writes:
I think I was the 2nd person in Seattle to get a D-50 when they first came out. I feel this was the best synth I ever got (I still have it). Very expressive with aftertouch and control. Dump the stupid presets and little attack samples and you got a great synth. Many people love or hate the D-50, not much gray area. I think the people who hate it want a sampler, which it's not. If I could get another in good condition, I would in a second.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-1999 at 01:01
Kevin a professional user from USA writes:
I just bought a used D50 and I wiped out the lame preset pianos, saxes, etc. and filled it up with exotic hybrid sounds. This machine has a lot of potential if you check under the hood. The D50, like the Wavestation, should be in the synth hall of fame. Play with the waveforms inside...you might surprise yourself...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-May-31-1999 at 22:41
Kanard KosmiK from Paris, France writes:
There was a time where I was mad about the D50's sound, but it was 10 (?) years ago. I wouldn't advise anyone to buy it, except for the pleasure of owning a synth who carved his name in synth's history. I have the PG1000, it's a nice tool, but it doesn't prevent the D50 from sounding 'flat', unfortunately. I am very sorry to say that, because it seems that some of u are very fond of their D50, and it's fine, but the sounds it make are somewhat 'outdated'. Don't get me wrong, i didn't say it couldn't produce some nice sounds (I made some truly breathtaking pads/strings on it, for instance), but for instance, it's very difficult to make it sound 'punchy', if u see what I mean. Possible yet to make intersting FXs, cooooool to have EQs inside, which are useable, not too bad chorus/flanger, dreadful metallic reverb. Cool 'chase', this one is a really funny function. A nightmare for basses : even when u can make them sound good alone, they get burried as soon as u bring back the mix ! Don't like at all the 'human interface' neither. Even with the programmer, it's still not very inviting when it comes to program your own patches. You will find 18.000 sound banks on the net, but 99% of the content is shit. As always, build your own, it will probably sound better and u will be proud! A crap machine for (my) techno as far as it lacks sonic personnality, but maybee good for ambient (?). I would feel guilty to give a 1 to my old friend, and wrong to give it a 5, so no mark today.

posted Wednesday-Nov-25-1998 at 13:30
Aram Hovagimian a part-timer user from USA writes:
A wonderful keyboard, great for smooth analoguish lead sounds. It's THE lead keyboard to have for most modern middle-eastern and armenian muic. The only problem i have are the ep's and string type sounds suck (i'm not talking about analogu synth string pads, more like sampled strings) but what can you do, no machine is perfect. Ihave some cool lead sounds if anyone wants them.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-24-1998 at 21:50
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