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The Roland D-50 is a polyphonic 61-key synthesizer produced by Roland, released in 1987. Its features include Linear Arithmetic synthesis, on-board effects, a joystick for data manipulation, and an analog synthesis-styled layout design. The external Roland PG-1000 (1987-1990) Programmer could also be attached to the D-50 for more complex manipulation of sounds. It was also produced in a rack-mount variant design, the D-550 (1987-1990), with almost 450 user-adjustable parameters. The D-50's capabilities could be modified through the addition of 3rd-party products by Musitronics, most notably the M-EX which made the D-50 multitimbral (the D-50 was bi-timbral), as well as a chip that improved the D-50's response to incoming MIDI commands and a system for burning custom PCM cards with user samples for playback in the D-50.

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Roland D-05 (Boutique)

...me at least. So for my purposes the D-05 doesn’t really offer me anything more than Roland’s Cloud D50 plug-in. I’m not into their subscription model but will prob pay the 12 months up front just to get me the D50.

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Moog One - old HUGE thread

...Ms-20, Juno 106, Elecro-harmonix 16 sec delay with an ebow on the guitar, Pro one, MPC 60 for drums, MC-202, D-50, korg 01wfd, 909, SQ-10 for some sequencing along with the Doepfer sequencer. Recorded with all synth manipulations live to a DAT. So many takes ....aaah the good old days! re: One I'm also interested...though I...

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Roland System 8

Yes a System-X with a (near) one knob per function interface with plug-outs like the alpha juno, jd-800/990 and D-50 etc. and of course its own modern engine would be great!

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