Roland D50 Sample Collection 002

Roland D50 SynthesizerIn 1987 Roland released the D-50 synthesizer to combat the dominance of Yamahas DX7. The DX7 uses a purely digital form of sound synthesis to create its sounds which were unlike any other synth of the day and many expected Roland to produce something similar. The Roland D-50 was a surprise to most as it offered real instrument sounds, they weren't perfect but they were close enough to be mistaken for the real thing in a mix.

The D50 also produced its sounds digitally but it utilised a sample plus synthesis method rather than the FM (frequency modulation or, rather, phase modulation) used by the Yamaha DX7 (see our Yamaha FS1R and TX802 samples) . Unfortunately the samples were absolutely tiny by todays standards but, at least, the piano actually sounded close enough to a real piano for most bands.


Roland D50 Sample Collection 002

Our second Roland D-50 sample collection consists of sounds taken from the second bank of sounds of the Roland VariOS which are specially created sounds for that machine which has the exact same engine as the D50. We took 4 24-bit samples per octave across over 7 octaves for 63 of the patches (2,163 samples in total). To ensure that we got the very best quality we used professional MOTU studio equipment and took huge samples to ensure good loop points etc. We also used the Roland VariOS with the VC-1 D-50 Card as the outputs had less noise than the original synth. See for a review of the card but please note that, every now and again, we did come across a patch that, we felt, sounded slightly different to the original machine. The difference is hardly noticed in the mix but SOS go to some length to explain that there are no differences - go figure.

Sample collection 002, details below, is also part of our HUGE Roland D50 10 DVD sample collection. This collection is made available at a massively discounted price but you are welcome to buy this single DVD.




Roland D50 Synthesizer   KONTAKT / EXS24 / WAV



64 Roland D50 sound patches at 24-Bit resolution

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D-50 Sounds Sampled In Budget Collection 002

Below is a list of the D50 sounds which we sampled to create collection 2.

Voices/Patches BANK 002:

BANKS 1 & 2 BANKS 3 & 4 BANKS 5 & 6 BANKS 7 & 8

B11 Brass Tacks
B12 A Bright Day
B13 Soft EPicenter
B14 Next Stop Nirvana
B15 Pressure Dome
B16 Hard Whoover
B17 Digital Clavi
B18 Chasing Game - CHAOS !!!!
B21 Stereo Rhodes
B22 FM Rhodes
B23 Curly Wurly
B24 End of the 7 Era
B25 Christmas Time
B26 Good Vibrations
B27 Fairy Ultra
B28 Thoughts

B31 Music Box
B32 Happy Toy
B33 Space Harp
B34 Wonder Drops
B35 Pluck the Pad
B36 Long Dream
B37 Late 80s Stack
B38 Gin Fizz
B41 Perc Piper
B42 Space Rays
B43 Tandorri Bells
B44 I saw the light
B45 Future is Behind
B46 Bow Street Runner
B47 Tension Sheet
B48 D1080 Pad

B51 Atmostrings
B52 Waving Strings
B53 Organic Strings
B54 Megatronic
B55 PhotonPhasers
B56 Soft Whoover
B57 LA Supersaw
B58 Dance Choir
B61 Rusty Voices
B62 Solo X Press
B63 Daft Lead
B64 Back 2 Mono
B65 Mono Octabass
B66 Gated FM bass
B67 Acid Bass
B68 Rubber Bass

B71 Purr-Phunk
B72 Atmo Bass
B73 Zawco Brass
B74 D-50 Syn Brass
B75 Ambient Hit
B76 12str Guitar
B77 Darjiling
B78 Realistic Flute
B81 PiccoBello
B82 Qatsi Organ
B83 Sunken Cathedral
B84 Sorcerers Organ
B85 Voice of Elohim
B86 Sun Safari
B87 Musique Concrete
B88 Jurassic Breath