The main reasons behind the disapproval of the software synth are both the fact that the emulation will never be able to equal the original hardware synthesizer’s performance and the new subscription service of Roland, Roland cloud. In this article, we will try to deliver a truthful representation of the strengths and weakness of the new version of this legendary synthesizer.
Why is the reputation of the original D50 still indelible today?
What are the key features of the Roland D50 VST?
Whilst being computer-generated, all the original presets of the D-50 are present in this version. Roland has also tried to incorporate some refreshing new sounds. There are several versions which were made available last year. These include 64-bit VST2, VST3 and AU. Moreover, an import function has been enabled, allowing you to import SYSEX (*.syx) files and use your previously created D50 Linear Synthesizer patches. Creative possibilities are great because of this feature if you are a Roland D05 Linear Synthesizer user.
What are the 3 main qualities of the Roland D50 VST?
1. The incorporation and conversion of a vintage synthesizer to a digital one:
Before the 1980s, there were only analog machines with an enormous quantity of knobs and sliders. After the 1980s, the electronic music world witnessed the introduction of highly user-friendly vintage synthesizers. These were much more accessible for the ordinary user.
The sounds provided with these were also much more exciting and previously unheard of. As mentioned previously, most famous tracks of the 1980s made good use of the Roland D50 sound banks. With the D50 software version, you will experience this unique and beautiful sound, and it will provide you with an additional touch that will instantly make your tracks sound more unique.
2. An exact replication of the LA synthesis which combined sample waveforms with digitally-synthesized sustaining sounds:
With the software synthesizer of the D-50, you will also get this innovative mixture of short and sampled “attack transients” waveforms which are combined with digitally-synthesized sustaining sounds. Named “LA Synthesis”, Roland offers the realism of digital samples, the expressiveness of a synth and the polish of a high-end studio with its extensive and quality onboard digital effects. While not providing the original keyboard and device, the Roland D50 VST will really fool you into thinking that you are using the “real thing”.
3. An extensive and rich sound palette, which accurately translates the sound of the 1980s with additional new and refreshing sounds:
For any user, sound banks are an undeniable asset. The presets on a synthesizer (such as the one in Sylenth1) can be criticized for the fact that they don’t encourage real creativity. However, when presets include “real-life” samples such as the ones featured on the D50 synthesizer, we would strongly encourage you to use them in order to give an organic touch to your tracks.
At the time, the D-50 revolutionized pop music. It introduced new sounds, which allowed to forge new genres. In most recording studios of the time, you would find D50s. Influential artists such as George Michael or Jean-Michel Jarre beautifully incorporated the D-50s sounds in their international hits. Through the controversial Roland Cloud format Roland recently put in place, the brand is proud to announce that you can have access to the legendary features of the D50 in a DCB software synthesizer format.
That being said, if you are only interested in the Roland D50 VST it doesn’t really make sense to go for the Roland Cloud since you would pay $240 for a single synth. Furthermore, there are tons of other VST’s out there that are capable of equally good results for a much fairer price. Last but not least, some users will always prefer a hands-on synthesizer over a computer-generated on.
The Japanese brand is facing heavy competition against very capable synthesizers such as XferRecords’s Serum, Lennar Digital’s Spire or even granular synthesis synthesizers which take sampling a step further. With that being said, the D-50 software synthesizer is what it is, a truthful representation of the iconic synth of the 1980s and that is probably already enough to satisfy the nostalgics.