D-50

Software Synthesizer

D-50
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Vintage Digital

The D-50 completely changed the synth landscape when it was released in 1987. Powered by Roland’s groundbreaking LA (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis engine, the instrument’s potent mixture of samples, virtual analog, and integrated effects allowed programmers to produce all manner of stunning sounds never heard before. The D-50 Software Synthesizer is a perfect sonic recreation of the original in every way, allowing you to bring this giant in music history into your everyday music production environment.

“Made in synth heaven.”
—SynthMania.com
Samples Meets Synthesis

The D-50 was Roland’s first fully digital synthesizer, and its unique sound combined subtractive synthesis with harmonically complex sampled waveforms and digital effects. This innovative marriage of samples and synthesis allowed for warm and dynamic analog tonality with the realism and flexibility of digital technology, opening up an entirely new world of sound creation possibilities.

New Wave, New Jack, New Age, and So On…

The 1980s were a dynamic period for pop music, and new genres were being forged at a furious pace. Name a famous track from the late ‘80s to early ‘90s and there’s a good chance it was built around one or more D-50 sounds. It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including synth pop, new wave, new jack swing, and R&B, plus new age music and countless film scores. In fact, some of the most influential recording artists in history have used the synth’s beautifully crafted presets as the cornerstone of huge international hits.

“A gamechanger. It had a whole different sound.”
—Jimmy Jam
Plug In Your Own D-50

The plug-in version of the D-50 is the only authentic software reproduction of the Roland hardware unit. It includes the same sampled waveform set, and our Digital Circuit Behavior modeling technology captures every nuance of the original, right down to the archetypal “overtone noise” that lends this synth its rich character. We’ve even included the proprietary joystick and original iconic presets. But this version of the D-50 also includes extra features that make it a unique and powerful tool for modern productions:

  • Extra waveforms and tempo-syncing LFO enhance sound design capabilities and DAW integration
  • A virtual PG-1000 controller (based on the optional hardware controller available for the original D-50) greatly simplifies sound design, allowing you to customize preset sounds and build unique voices from scratch
  • All the original presets plus fresh new sounds and additional patch downloads
Hardware Integration

There are several ways to integrate the D-50 Software Synthesizer with other Roland hardware. Import SysEx files from an original D-50 or legacy third-party libraries and enjoy your favorite previously created patches. You can also swap patches and banks with your Roland Boutique D-05 synthesizer, and use its interface to control the plug-in.

Join Roland Cloud today to explore the distinctive appeal of the D-50. And if you like the D-50, check out our software version of the JV-1080 sound module and unlock more sounds used in some of the greatest songs of all time.

Specifications
Maximum Polyphony
16 voice
Sound Generator
D-50 Compatible LA (Linear Arithmetic) Synthesis
Waveforms
Synthesizer: 2, PCM: 128
Tune
427 Hz--452 Hz
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
Tones
64 patches/1 bank
* User can make new user banks.
PlugIn Formats
VSTi 64-bit, AU
System Requirements (macOS™)
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display/Colors
1280 x 800 or higher/16.7 million colors or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
System Requirements (Windows®)
Operating System
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 7 SP1
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8.1
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 10
This does not work with the Windows(R) RT.
This does not work with the Windows(R) Phone.
This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
RAM
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display/Colors
1280 x 800 or higher/24 bit Full Color or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to authorize this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the software synthesizer version of the D-50 Linear Synthesizer, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the D-50 Linear synthesizer based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

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If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.

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