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News, Technology | Sep 11, 2017   

Roland Boutique’s New D-05 Synth Reproduces the Influential D-50

The latest addition to the expanding Roland Boutique has been announced: the D-05 Linear Synthesizer. This compact reproduction of Roland’s D-50 Linear Synthesizer celebrates the 30th anniversary of the influential keyboard and recreates the inspiring D-50 experience for music creators of today.

Originally debuted 30 years ago in 1987, the D-50 was Roland’s first-ever all-digital synthesizer and performance keyboard that brought musicians and producers a totally new palette of sounds. With a mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ, the D-50 provided rich and realistic digital effects used on countless records of the time period. 

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Boasting precise recreation of the D-50 sound, the D-05 delivers every tonal nuance in stunning detail. It was built with the same Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) technology as the D-50 and faithfully captures every detail. Roland kept the interface authentic, with a familiar D-50 panel layout and the all-important D-50 joystick, allowing users to smoothly morph between different mixes of Upper and Lower Tones in real time.

The D-05 also includes many modern enhancements, including a 64-step polyphonic sequencer. The sequencer is ideal for performance and music creation and offers the ability to sequence shuffle and gate time along with tempo and patch changes.


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Priced at $349, the D-05 is extremely portable and runs on USB power or batteries. Check out key features below or view the full specs here.

  • Perfect sonic recreation of the D-50 from the makers of the original
  • Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) faithfully captures every detail
  • Authentic user interface including joystick control
  • All the original presets plus fresh new sounds
  • Compatible with original D-50 patches
  • 64-step, polyphonic onboard sequencer and arpeggiator
  • Rugged construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Battery operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories

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