Retro Modern

Based on Roland’s DCB technology, the Roland D-50 brings the definitive synth sound of the 80’s to your tracks in a fresh new way!

 

D-50 Linear Synthesizer

Features


Released thirty years ago in 1987, the Roland D-50 Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesizer is easily one of the most influential keyboards ever made. The D-50 helped to define the sound of the late 80’s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms (that’s LA!) plus chorus, reverb, and EQ. It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including Synth Pop, New Wave, New Jack and R&B, plus countless film scores.
With the new Roland D-50 DCB Software Synthesizer, Roland Cloud subscribers can have the iconic sound of LA in a powerful plugin, which perfectly recreates this legendary synth down to the subtlest of nuances!
  • Perfect recreation of D-50 from the company that made the original
  • Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) faithfully captures every detail
  • Authentic user interface with all original controls and parameters (including those found on the sought-after Roland PG-1000 hardware programmer!)
  • All the original presets plus fresh new sounds
  • 64-bit VST2, VST3 and AU support
  • Import SYSEX (*.syx) files and enjoy your favorite, previously created D-50 Linear Synthesizer patches
  • Seamlessly send or receive patches and banks from your Roland D-05 Linear Synthesizer
  • Simple installation and updates via Roland Cloud Manager
 

Vintage Digital

When most people think of vintage synthesizers, they think of analog beasts with lots of knobs and sliders. The 80’s ushered in something new: sleek keyboards with digital engines that brought musicians and producers a totally new palette of sounds not previously possible with analog.

As Roland’s first all-digital performance synthesizer keyboard, the D-50 took the world by storm with its unique mix of sampled attack transients and synthesized waveforms combined with built-in digital effects and… a joystick!

Name a famous track from the late 80s to early 90s and there’s a good chance it was built around one or more Roland D-50 sounds. Unabashedly digital, the D-50 has taken its rightful place in the hallowed halls of classic vintage synthesizers. Its sound is unique and beautiful, and it brings a certain “something” to your tracks that you just can’t get anywhere else.
 

Samples Meet Synthesis

So, what exactly made this synth so attention-grabbing? The Roland D-50 used an innovative mixture of short, sampled “attack transient” waveforms blended with digitally-synthesized sustaining sounds. This technique, which Roland dubbed “LA Synthesis” offered the realism of expensive (at that time) digital samplers, the expressiveness of a synth, and the polish of a high-end studio thanks to onboard digital effects – it's no wonder the D-50 became one of the best-selling professional keyboards in history!


New Wave. New Jack. New Age. And so on…

The 80s were a dynamic period for pop music. Producers were trying new things, looking for new sounds, and new genres were being forged at a furious pace. From 1987 on, the Roland D-50 was massively influential and appeared in studios and on stages around the world. Some of the most influential recording artists in history have used the beautifully crafted presets, unaltered, as the cornerstone of huge international hits. There’s just something about the quality of its sound that grabs you. And with the Roland D-50 in this new DCB software synthesizer format, Roland Cloud subscribers can travel back to the future; back to LA!
 

Specifications

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
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
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. 

Support

D-50 Software Synthesizer Manual (English)

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