Mobile Studio Canvas

Sound Module with DAW Software (SD-50)

A Perfect Sound Solution Package

  • USB
  • GS
  • GM2


(Oct. 23, 2013)
You can download the Driver Ver.1.0.0 for OS X Mavericks (10.9).

(Oct. 18, 2013)
You can download the Driver Ver.1.0.2 for Windows 8.1 / 8.

(Sept. 1, 2012)
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(Sept. 1, 2010)
You can download the SD-50 System Program Ver.1.04.

A Perfect Sound Solution Package

The Mobile Studio Canvas is the new solution package for music production from Cakewalk. The Mobile Studio Canvas includes the Roland SD-50 Sound Module and Cakewalk’s SONAR 8.5 LE DAW Software, it is ideal for a wide range of users, including musicians and educators looking for a great, general purpose sound source, karaoke and bar DJs, hobbyists and non-musicians who need portable MP3 and SMF playback, and any musician who needs instrument accompaniment for live sets.

  • - Compact, portable USB Bus powered Audio & MIDI solution, perfect for laptop and mobile use
  • - 128 polyphony, 1,125 GM2/GS/SD-50 Solo Tones and 32 drum sets
  • - Features SD-50 Solo Tones including Shakuhachi, Trombone, and Violin
  • - 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio interface with XLR/.” inputs/Phantom Power/Hi-Z input, 1 x 1 MIDI interface, and V-LINK support
  • - Built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering
  • - USB memory drive for quick playback of MP3/WAV/AIFF/MIDI files
  • - Enhanced Transport Controls for file playback including the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and more
  • - Powered by AC Adaptor, USB bus power, or batteries
  • - Compatible with Windows and Mac computers — Includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (Windows only)
  • The SONAR 8.5 LE has been designed to provide a simple yet complete solution for creating music. With support for up to 32 tracks and 24 track effects, 8 physical in/outs at 24bit/96kHz, SONAR LE will help you take full advantage of your digital audio and MIDI hardware. SONAR 8.5 LE offers a taste of the tools that make SONAR 8.5 Studio/Producer the best in the business. It includes new instruments and effects, and is Windows 7 and Windows Vista ready!

Superb Sounds Designed by Roland

The included Roland SD-50 sound module will be your go to sound source, no matter what style of music you are performing or producing. The result of over 30 years of Roland synthesizer and sound module development, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas provides 1,125 total sounds with up to 128 voice polyphony, including GM2, GS and three of Roland’s hyper-realistic Solo Tones, including Shakuhachi, Violin, and Trombone, as well as 32 drum sets; plus built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering.

An Audio & MIDI Interface

Furthering its offering as a complete solution for music production, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas is also a high quality audio and MIDI interface for Mac and Windows. Capture your ideas with 2-in/2-out performance at 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio quality. Plug your phantom-powered mics into the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas’s XLR inputs to record vocals and other instruments, or plug into the Hi-Z input to get superior sound when recording electric guitar or bass. Plus with V-Link support you can add a whole new dimension to your productions through integration with V-Link compatible video hardware.

Versatile File Playback Options

Leave the computer at home and playback your backing tracks or music on the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas. Simply load standard MIDI files or MP3/WAV/AIFF audio onto a USB Memory Drive, plug it in to the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas’s USB port, then hit play—it’s that easy. Enhanced Transport Controls give you the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and much more. The Mobile Studio Canvas also includes a Play List editor for Mac and Windows.

A Studio or Sound Playback on the Go

The compact and portable Roland Mobile Studio Canvas offers the versatility of 3 power supply options, so you can have your music anywhere you want it. Plug into any laptop or netbook for USB bus power, power the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas from 6 AA batteries, or use the included AC Adaptor.

A Complete Studio

The Mobile Studio Canvas includes SONAR LE music production software for Windows. SONAR LE provides easy tools to record, edit, and mix your music (see specifications for more details). The Roland Mobile Studio Canvas also makes a perfect sound module and audio interface for wide variety of software on Mac or PC including Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, or SONAR.

SONAR 8.5 LE Key Features
* Easy to use and powerful -- Based on SONAR 8.5
* Record up to 32 audio tracks/64 MIDI tracks
* Supports up to 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
* Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
* Edit and mix with arrange window, virtual mixing console, piano roll, staff view and more
* Use up to 24 simultaneous effects
* Includes 10 studio-quality audio effects to mix your music
* Use up to 8 simultaneous virtual instruments with easy integration via Synth Rack
* Includes 2 virtual instruments to supplement the Mobile Studio Canvas sound set
* Add additional effects and instruments with VST/VSTi support
* Active Controller Technology^(TM) automatically maps MIDI keyboards and control surfaces to the parameters you need most on effects, instruments, volume, pan, and other mix elements
* Create backing tracks with support for ACID^(TM)-format loops
* Expand your studio with ReWire support for Live, Reason, and others
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), as and Windows XP (32-bit)

Sound Generator Section

16 parts
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
Wave Memory
128 MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
Internal Sounds
Preset Sounds: 1,125 Tones, Rhythm Sets: 32
*3 Solo tones and GM2/GS compatible sounds are included.
User Memory
Studio Sets: 3
Reverb, Chorus, Mastering

Audio Interface Section

Number of Audio Input/Output Channels
Input: 1 pair of stereo (MIC, GUITAR: Monaural/LINE: Stereo), Output: 1 pair of stereo
Signal Processing
USB Audio: 16 bits/24 bits, AD/DA Conversion: 24 bits
Sampling Frequency
USB Audio: 44.1 kHz, AD/DA Conversion: 44.1 kHz
Nominal Input Level
Input jack (MIC/GUITAR IN)
Mic: -50 to -30 dBu, Guitar: -30 to -10 dBu
Input jack (LINE IN)
Line: -30 to +4 dBu
Nominal Output Level
Output jacks: 0 dBu

SMF/Audio File Player Sectioin

File Format
Standard MIDI File: format-0/1, Audio File: WAV, AIFF, MP3


122 x 32 dots LCD display
Jacks and Connectors
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), LINE IN jack (Stereo Mini), LINE OUT jacks (Stereo RCA-PIN), PHONES jack (Stereo Mini), MIC IN jack (XLR type, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max), MIC/GUITAR IN connector (1/4-inch phone type, Hi-Z available), USB Connector: COMPUTER (supports USB 2.0 USB MIDI and USB Audio), USB Connector: MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
Power Supply
DC 9 V (AC Adaptor), Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 6, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 6, USB Bus power available

Expected battery life under continuous use:
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6): approximately 4 hours
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6): approximately 3 hours
* These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Current Draw
500 mA (Bus power), 400 mA (AC Adaptor, Battery)
Owner's Manual, USB Cable, DVD-ROM (SONAR LE), CD-ROM (USB Driver, Playlist Editor), AC Adaptor, Power Cord
Options (sold separately)
USB Flash memory
* Use USB Flash memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used

Size and Weight (excluding batteries)

Width (W)
250 mm9-7/8 inches
Depth (D)
167 mm6-5/8 inches
Height (H)
55 mm2-3/16 inches
800 g1 lbs. 13 oz.

0 dBu = 0.775 V rms

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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