Roland today introduced the Boutique D-05 Linear Synthesizer – a Boutique version of the classic Roland D-50 from the late 1980s.
The D-05 recreates the digital circuitry of the original using what they call Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB), digitally modelling the circuits and using the actual samples of the original.
It also adds features not found on the original D-50, including a 64-step polyphonic sequencer and featuring the complete D-50 Sound Library from rare D-50 Memory Cards – close to 900 preset sounds.
Here’s the official intro video, featuring producer Legowelt:
- Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) recreates sound of the original
- 16-Voice Polyphonic Linear Synthesizer
- Authentic user interface including joystick control
- All the original presets plus fresh new sounds
- Compatible with original D-50 patches
- 64-step, polyphonic onboard sequencer and arpeggiator
- Rugged construction with metal front panel
- Highly portable
- Battery operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
- Built-in powered mini-speaker
- Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories
The original D-50 used Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesis – a mixture of short, sampled attack transient waveforms blended with digitally synthesized sustaining sounds and onboard digital effects. The combination sounded great and helped make the D-50 one of the best-selling professional keyboards in history.
The D-05 brings back LA Synthesis and adds new presets and new performance options, with the addition of a 64-step sequencer.
Here’s a look at the original D-50, with former Roland Chief Sound Designer (and Spectrasonics founder) Eric Persing:
Here’s a deeper look at the D-50 & D-05 with Legowelt:
Here’s Roland’s discussion of their DCB technology:
Pricing and Availability:
The Roland D-05 is available to pre-order now, with a street price of US $350. See the Roland site for more details.