This is an audio demo of the Roland D-550 (D-50 rack module) Linear Synthesizer. The Roland D-550 is a rackmount module version of the popular Roland D-50.
Here’s what Sound On Sound had to say about the D50’s synth engine:
So is a D50 worth tracking down? Well, as always, that is essentially down to the individual. If you’re after the aggressive bite of FM sounds, then the D50 is not going to satisfy. Similarly, if you want the squelch and immediacy of an analogue synth, then the D50 will probably disappoint. But I would defy anyone not to be impressed by the power and depth of many of the D50’s pad-type sounds — they swirl and swoosh in a most appealing manner, which few synths since have been able to emulate. It can’t be denied that there is a definite late-’80s edge to the D50’s sound, but that has much to do with the fact that the D50 was the late ’80s sound!
If you’ve used the D-550 synth module, leave a comment with your thoughts!
- 16 voice polyphony (32 partials with 2 per voice), or 8 voices (using 4 partials per voice in Dual or Split Mode)
- Oscillators: Digital (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) ; PCM,
- LFO : (3 x 2 tones = 6 LFOs)
- VCF/VCA FILTER: low-pass-resonant; ADSR envelopes
- 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
- 64 patch memory