Historic Synthesizer: Roland D-50 (1)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/09/09 [14:03]

Historic Synthesizer: Roland D-50 (1)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/09/09 [14:03]

 

▲ Roland D-50

© Roland Corporation



 

Historic Synthesizer: Roland D-50 (1)

 

 

Roland D-50 created sound in a new way called the L.A. Synthesis (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis). The D-50 is a digital synthesizer whose operations and structures are made up of digital processing. In 1987, when the D-50 was first introduced, there was a preconception about digital synthesizers; It was that digital synthesizers were very difficult to edit tone and difficult to produce fat sound (thick sound) like analog synthesizers did. However, unlike this prejudice, the D-50 was very easy to edit tones like Roland's Juno series or Super JX, and the LA Synthesis of the D-50 was able to make analogue-like smooth tone. 

 

 

 

▲ Roland D-50 advertisement in Keyboard Magazine, 1987

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Unlike previous synthesizers, the D-50 alone was able to make a variety of tones that could be expected in combination of several synthesizers at once. The advantage of the D-50 was that it was possible to make the desired sound and to express the actual instrument. Another advantage of the D-50 was in the Performance Controller: the timbre and pitch of the playing notes were adjusted by the Performance Controller in real time. After-Touch, Wheel Modulation, and Pedal helped to express the feelings and intentions of the performers more specifically.

 

 

Generally, if more control is possible in synthesizers, the likelihood of creating more diverse tones is increased. The D-50 has many variables and functions necessary for editing tones. In fact, the manipulation of these controls is done by musicians, so it should be easy in use. Despite  D-50 was a digital synthesizer, the panel structure on the front was made up of analog structure, which provide familiarity and convenience to its users. In addition, slider, LCD, and joystick  for tone conversion or variable manipulation were also convenient for use.

 

 

 

 

 

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