In this video, Espen Kraft takes a look at the Roland D-50 synthesizer and the Roland PG-1000 programmer.
The D-50, originally introduced in 1987, was based on Linear Arithmetic Synthesis (LA Synthesis) – an approach that combined sample playback and synthesis. ROM was very expensive at the time, so Roland stored a variety of attack samples which could be combined with sustained samples and synthesis to create new types of sounds.
The D-50 proved to be a great success, because it was capable of more realistic synthesis of acoustic sounds than earlier approaches, making a wide range of new sounds possible. Many D-50 sounds have become iconic, because of their widespread use in popular music.
If you’ve used a Roland D-50, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!