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Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby franciskimberley » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:06 am

Anybody know of any Roland D-50 emulations or any piece of software that can achieve similar results?

Would I be right in thinking something like the wavetable one out of the Korg Legacy Collection (forgive my lack of detail, I'm posting this at end of my break at work!) or could I import the right sort of samples into something like CamelAudio Alchemy? If so, where could I find such samples?

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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Glenn Bucci » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:52 pm

I have one and love it. There are also additional sound cards you can buy to double the sounds of the keyboard. I would personally look on Ebay for a used one....still love it.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby funkyant » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:36 pm

I wish there was a D-50 VST too!
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:16 pm

Two options:

1. A Roland V Synth with the D-50 card. You also get a fantastically amazing synth.

2. A real D-50 and MIDIQuest XL. This gives you a plugin sysex editor to talk to the D-50.

These are as close as you'll get to an actual plugin. You could also borrow a D-50, load in your favourite patches and sample it with Sample Robot or similar.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby dubbmann » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:48 pm

hi,

personally, i'd pick up a used jv1080. a lot of the jv std patches were originally d50 sounds. the used mrkt for d50s has spiked recently to the point that they're often getting higher prices than used fantoms. nuts, imho.

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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby vinyl_junkie » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:13 pm

Roland VariOs with the D-50 card and as a bonus you also get a cool Vari Phrase sampler, virtual JP-8 and TB-303 to boot...few years ago these were cheap as chips on ebay
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:38 pm

The JV 1080 is great, but it does not sound as much like a D-50 as the real thing. I have both here at the moment. The D-50 was really a virtual analogue synth with sampled attacks, lush chorus and crap reverb. The JV is sample based, no VA engine. You won't get it to sound like Jarre's Revolutions, believe me! :)

The Vari OS is an early version of the V Synth.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby The Elf » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:46 pm

Tomás Mulcahy wrote:The JV 1080 is great, but it does not sound as much like a D-50 as the real thing. I have both here at the moment. The D-50 was really a virtual analogue synth with sampled attacks, lush chorus and crap reverb. The JV is sample based, no VA engine. You won't get it to sound like Jarre's Revolutions, believe me! :)
+1 I also have both a D-550 and a JV - the description above is accurate.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby desmond » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:41 am

Yep, the D50 and JV-range have totally different engines and, bar the "Roland-esque" type sound, share little in common...
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby MadManDan » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:25 pm

+1 for the D-50 because it is also a solid keyboard controller
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby desmond » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:30 pm

Really? I thought it's crappy keyboard response and scow scanning mechanism made it a rather sluggish keyboard, even just when sending MIDI...
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby funkyant » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:20 am

I use a D70 (same keyboard mech) as a controller and love it.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:10 am

Who said it was slow? Sounds like a myth to me.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby desmond » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:21 am

And the D70 was even slower...
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby DJW » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:40 am

I have a JD990 which has some good D50 emulations.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby The Elf » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:45 am

DJW wrote:I have a JD990 which has some good D50 emulations.

The JD-800/JD-990 are a refinement of the D-50/D-550 to a great extent. There's definitely a family likeness. The JDs sound so much smoother.

But the reason I keep a D-550 around is that it has a certain 'something' the JD's lacked. Try finding an equivalent of the D-50's sublime 'Glass Voices 2' on a JD - you will not find it!
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:13 pm

Ya, at that time the only modelling technology Roland used was in the D-50 for the analogue synth part, and the MKS piano module and the its keyboard version. Then no modelling at all until the JP 8080. The weird modelled filter in the D50 is a large part of the sound. And the converters-very bright sounding. Then the digital chorus, that has the usual Roland magic. It all adds up to a synth that can sound surprisingly huge! Checkout "KOKUBOSTRINGS" it's all over Jarre's "Revolutions" album.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby DJW » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:38 pm

I do miss the "Digital Native Dance" patch on the D50, though.
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby The Elf » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:52 pm

DJW wrote:I do miss the "Digital Native Dance" patch on the D50, though.

Never thought I'd hear anyone say that! How many of us edited out the percussive loop?! :D
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Re: Roland D-50 emulation?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:11 pm

I found some more examples here - makes interesting listening. I'm almost tempted to go and buy a second hand D50 now! I did own the smaller brother, the D10 and it had some very nice timbres but suffered badly from polyphony problems and an iffy MIDI implementation when being used multitimbrally.

http://bobbyblues.recup.ch/roland_d-50/d-50_examples.html
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