Roland D50 or Juno D

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    coolertech Guest

    Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Roland Synth to have a play with and start
    as a learning tool, one of my friends keeps telling me to track down a
    Roland D50 and says this was an excellent Synth back in the early 90s
    and they are pretty cheap to learn on and get to grips with, I have
    also had someone demo me a Roland dealer demo a Juno D which I was
    impressed with.

    I currently have a Yamaha PSR 500 which has lasted me a long time, but
    I would like to try something else.

    Can anyone advise.

    coolertech, Sep 18, 2006
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    Peter Pan Guest

    Yamaha Motif is down in price ever since they came out with the Motif ES.
    Not to difficult to use, and it has much better sounds then the KORG.
    Peter Pan, Sep 19, 2006
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    roland_d550 Guest

    Several years ago I owned a Roland D-50.
    Last year, I bought the rack mount version,
    Roland D-550, from Ebay for a good price.
    It is a great sounding synth, but its main
    "flaw" is not being multitimbral.
    If you ever plan to hook it up to a midi
    sequencer, you will not be able to create
    multiple instrument compositions using just
    the D50/D550. If you ONLY are going to use it
    for playing, it does have good sounds. The
    only drawback is its sounds are a bit dated...
    Many, many recordings in the 80's used this
    synth, so anything you do with it might have
    an 80's sound to it. If you are still interested
    in the D50, look on Ebay (and elsewhere).
    If you can get one under $400, I consider that
    a good price for a model in nice condition.
    MAKE SURE it comes with the PN-D50-00 card.
    You will NEED that card to restore the original
    presets to the keyboard. The card can also
    sometimes be purchased seperately on Ebay, but
    do not pay an arm and a leg for it. At most, it
    is probably worth $10-$20. There are also four
    other cards available for the D50/D550, with
    additional patches on them. The patches tend to
    be rather good, but all you really need is the
    PN-D50-00 card, which has pretty much all the
    patches the D-50 was famous for.
    As for the Roland Juno-D, while I do not own one,
    I have tried one out. I think it is a very good
    keyboard. A few things it has that the D50/D550
    does not: Multitimbral capability (you can use a
    midi sequencer to play up to 16 sounds at once
    from the keyboard, being a one-person band if
    you wish); Drums (the Juno-D, as most modern keyboards, contains several
    drum kits with just
    about every drum/percussion sound imaginable).
    If you have ANY interest in composing songs,
    setting up a home studio, the Roland Juno-D is a
    good way to go! If you are not on a tight budget,
    I would also look at the Roland Juno-G, which
    has a 16-track sequencer and a 4-track audio
    recorder built in. It costs a bit less than
    twice the price of the Juno-D, so it depends on
    how much you really need in a keyboard.
    ROLAND D-50:
    If you only want to play the keyboard, not
    arrange/compose songs; don't need drums
    If arranging/composing is important;
    If you need drum sounds
    If you want to compose multi-instrument songs
    and do not wish to hook up to a PC/Mac.
    roland_d550, Sep 24, 2006
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    roland_d550 Guest

    One more thing I should mention...
    You can go to the Roland website
    and download manuals to many of their products,
    from the 80's to the present. While that won't
    tell you how the keyboard sounds, it will give
    you in depth info about its features.
    If you wish to hear LOTS of samples of the
    Roland D-50, check out the SyhtnMania pages.
    roland_d550, Sep 24, 2006
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    Jan 23, 2015
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    I've had about 5 separate D-50's over the years only because I caught the bug surrounding its status and fame. Once I developed an ear for quality sounds I vowed never to get a D-50 again and haven't looked back. The D-50 is overrated. Aside from making some nice sawtooth sounds and that LA horn sound all the other stuff on it sounds cheap and crappy but their savvy advertising made thousands believe ot was a must have keyboard. I hated that it had no way in its architecture of producing a half decent electric piano sound and competing with the DX7. And don't get me started on their lower D20/10/5 family of synths. That was utter useless and worthless garbage fed to the masses. It is 2015 and I am enjoying the 2006 Korg TR from the Triton family. Now there's a powerhouse that still inspires me and gives me just about everything I need
    Andyplaysynths, Jan 24, 2015
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    carl aylward

    Jan 31, 2015
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    carl aylward

    Jan 31, 2015
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    just a shot post regasrding the advising of some one looking for a 2nd D50 saying if they want to get one to make sure that they get the pn-d50-00 factory card, just want to say that i also had a d50 and was able to download [cant remember what site poss, roland themselves, ], 100s of patche in banks of 64 all for free including the origanal factory presets. have to search on google"roland d50 patches" patches are down loaded to computer then loaded to d50 by midi
    carl aylward, Jan 31, 2015
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