Roland D-50 Synth Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a nice synth demo + jam, via Kebu in the electronic music forum, Requiem For A Dream.

He comments:

I took some time to learn a bit more about programming my Roland D50, so I made a tune using only the D50 and its built in effects.

The song was programmed/performed and recorded using Cubase SL. Most of the patches used are my own programs or variations on presets. Each instrument was recorded individually by multitracking. No plugins were used except for mild EQ on some tracks and a single-band limiter on the master track. The reverbs, delays and choruses heard are all D50’s own effects. The video was later compiled showing how the various parts were played.

One-synth tracks like this are interesting, because they reveal the intersection between a synths’ capabilities and the user’s taste in sounds.

Kebu has posted another demo + jam, for the Yamaha S30, in the forum.

6 thoughts on “Roland D-50 Synth Jam

  1. With so many people absolutely flaming the new JP-80, its nice to hear someone more fully using one of Roland's other classics. These ARE real instruments, after all. Neither new gear nor any of your existing gear are without some merits.

  2. I think the filter design in the D-50 is rather special, but it's certainly digital, and computed on a DSP.

    Examples of digital/analog hybrid synthesizers are the Korg DW-8000, Ensoniq SQ-80 or the PPG synths.

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