My first keyboard
"...Later on I purchased a D-50, JD-800, and MKS-20 and P-330 piano modules. Roland always seemed to come out with the greatest sounding keyboards, and they’re user-friendly. They were bright enough to cover digital, but I really loved the warm analog pad and string sounds, the really signature Roland stuff," says Paul in this video, around 6:30.more
According to [this article](http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/02/26/behind-the-release-school-of-seven-bells-recombine-for-ghostory/), during the making of SVIIB's album "Ghostory," Curtis employed "a pair of ‘80’s analog keyboards that provided renewed inspiration. 'I had an Ensoniq ESQ-1, and I got a Roland D-50 just for the synth pads.'"more
"I use the Emulator III as my major instrument and there's also some D50s, DX7s and DX7IIs - I still like the DXs for bright, percussive sounds. But I think you need to become familiar with your library so you know exactly what sounds you have at your disposal. I just get so sick of learning new instruments."more
"Q. I noticed that during your solo albums you moved through the gamut of classic 80s keyboards including the PPG Wave, Yamaha GS-1 and Roland D-50. What are your fave synths from the 80s? I loved the GS-1. It was big and high quality but I don’t think I used it a lot on my solo albums. I think it was originally made for the small church market in America so that they could get the sounds they needed without buying a huge church organ. I had a deal with Yamaha who stuck with us over the years and when the GS-1 came out I ended up going to Hamburg and sitting with a Yamaha programmer who created some great string sounds for me. I loved playing that instrument and I could play the vibrato with my feet. I’d stand up and rock back back to keep the sustain going and do the vibrato with my foot. I used the PPG a lot. I got into the Rack Mounted DX-7, the TX-816. I’d got into MIDI in the early days in my own studio for the first couple of solo albums, Transportation and Stand Up and Walk and linking all these things up to get new sounds. I had a Prophet T8, the Prophet Sampler, the Roland D-50. it was like Keyboard City. The Prophet VS was used a lot. I really liked the joystick and the way you could morph between sounds."more
Although boasting a lush sound, the album was recorded largely at Paul's Rhythm Ranch studio on a single tascam 16-track with a Studiomaster desk. Synths used include: Roland D-50, Akai S1000 and S3000, Kork M1R, Waldorf Microwave, Roland Super Jupiter module, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Yamaha TX802, Minimoog, MIDIMoog, Oberheim Two-Voice, Roland Jupiter 8 and SH-101.more
"Although Numan writes all of his music on an aged upright piano, slowly adding effects, synth sounds and big beats, he also works with modern gear: Emagic Logic Audio Platinum and Digidesign Pro Tools on an Apple Mac G4 with two iZ Technology RADAR 24 digital recorders and a Mackie d8b desk. His synths are both soft and hard: Korg Wavestation, Alesis QuadraSynth, Korg M1, Roland D50 LA, GEM S2 Turbo and a Korg electric piano."more
Atari 1040 ST, Atari Mega ST 4, Roland: Super JX 10, S 50, D 50, MKS 80, MKS 30, U 110, MPG 80; Akai X 7000, Fairlight, Yamaha TX 81 Z, Akai S 612, Korg DVP 1, Roland SRV 2000, Korg SDD 1200, Ibanez SDR 1000, Eventide Harmonizer, 3x Hohner HS-1/E, 2x Klark EQ, Arsonic-Sigma 5.2, EMS Synthi A, and others...more
"We have one D50 as a controller keyboard and three rackmounted D550s which are a central part of the onstage setup at the moment. One is for the Doktor to play bass, when it's his turn. This goes through a Korg effects unit (see Outboard page) to receive punishment and pass that punishment on to you. One plays a glassy-voice noise which goes through the other Korg effects unit to make the grinding howl which Andrew likes to put behind everything. The third one is a spare."more
The D50 is one of those keyboards that, alongside the DX-7 and Korg M1, really helped to define the mid-late 1980s. This keyboard's strength is in creamy pads and strings, and it's really fun if you can find the optional PG-1000 programmer.
I have the honor of buying the first Roland D50 that came to Chicago. It was an instant hit because just pressing one key (DIgital Native Dance factory preset) and you were wowed and mesmerized. Roland's genius was to create a keyboard with preset sounds so strong, the thought of programming your own seems pointless and unnecessary. I have owned three D50 (and a rackmount D550) plus the PG-1000 multi-slider programmer, and have never really made my own patches -- something I felt compelled to do on every synth before the D50. The problem is for many years, music artists became lazy with customization and the end of original sounds pretty much ended. Up to the present time, it's far less about making your own sound than finding the right patch and maybe tweaking it a bit. Nothing wrong with this, as most musicians are eager to get ideas laid as quickly as possible, are geeky programmers trying to stretch sonic boundaries. That said, today's tools have more tweak-ability than ever and plenty of enterprising non-geeks are stretching and working magic customization in ways never imagined during the heyday of the D50. Still, there is something to be said for the one that broke the mold. -cThaWzrd
It's not an EDM machine; however, if you want to make an Enya album, there are some beautiful sounds in this one. If you're really creative, you can even integrate it 'subtly' into Hard Metal (I was at a Black Sabbath concert back in the late 80's and they had a guy on keyboards who was playing some really dark and moody keyboard lines with one of these while the band played their set...) I have the rack mount version (Roland D-550); Same animal without the keyboard.