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
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.
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.