Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer Keyboard (late 80s) - Used
Condition: Fair, see note
Making its debut in 1987, the D-50 was the first fully digital synthesizer from Roland. Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesis, which combines traditional subtractive synthesis with harmonically-complex sampled (PCM) waveforms, proved to be a sonic breakthrough. And, as the first performance synthesizer to integrate DSP effects, the Roland D-50 delivered instant studio-quality sounds to keyboard players around the world.
Well ahead of its time, the D-50 combined samples and synthesis, resulting in sounds that ranged from warm analog to dynamic acoustic and cutting-edge digital; all given a wonderful spacious sparkle by the integrated digital effects. D-50 preset patches such as “Fantasia” and “Calliope” showcased the potential of LA synthesis and, along with many others, became signature sounds for some of the biggest pop hits of the era.
61 Velocity Sensitive Keys with Aftertouch
16 Voice Polyphony (8 with Dual/Split)
64 Memory Patches
Reverb, Chorus, EQ
Pitch Bend/Mod Wheel
Note: B above Middle C (B4) velocity sensor stuck on max