Roland S-50 user reviews
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- Polyphony 16 notes
No built-in effects
Memory 512 KB (!) + Backing 3.5 inch 2DD disks (no extension possible.)
To my knowledge no software edition Mac / PC, but connecting a external monitor everything is simple.
- Congiguration Simple, loading the operating system and sounds from the disk and it's good!
OK Manuel, the difficulty was to have the manual that corresponds to the latest version of the software ... I remember at the time there was no internet to download manuals for day ;-)
It is absolutely essential to have an external monitor to use this instrument from software version 2.x but with how easy the screen, it looks like a mini Fairlight! (You can also add the tablet DT 100 optional ... more Farlight style)
- Yes they are good, I would say even today, unlike the devices of the time dynamics is much greater.
- Overall Opinion
- Good old sampler is now 26 years old! Apart from a key that does not work very well (but you can control it via MIDI from an external keyboard) nothing to report. The challenge now being to find a monitor tube and socket "CRT"
I tried the Ensoniq Mirage, Korg DSS1, E-Mu, Akai ... but the S50 was the issue in my opinion above the rest ... and look to the screen gave an air of Fairlight to 20X cheaper, do not forget that it was "madness" Sampling of which democratized. This sampler is multitimbral 4 parts and can be sequenced. My only regret is that it is not "natively" stereo (it can be done but it's complicated echantilloner must separately the left channel and the right to allocate and synchronize and 2 outputs ...)
- -16 Votes in normal mode (8 unison mode, velmix, velswitch, Xfade) split 16 points.
-A / D converter 12 bit but 16 bit internal processing, the sounds are on disk 720 KB
Total memory-720 KB (14.4sec 30khz, 28.8 sec 15kHz): max 32 tones, 8 user patches.
-Audio jacks 7: -1 IN ana (adjustable gain)
4sorties-spares (tone), a mono output MIX, 1 output mono headset
PM: in / out / thru + video: RGB out (8-pin Din), Monochrome out (CINCH)
EXT-Controller: DT-100 (table traante) com port plug SCSI + 1db-25;
Pc-edition: sdisk, SMFW30; MAC: Dsoundpro.
61-key keyboard lestvelocitaftertouch (a rgal)
- Use ultra-simple provided a notch possder external (with version 2.0 of the OS) and the manual ... because everything changes after the OS used (loaded at boot diskette 720K 2 -DD)
-The edition is simple, self-looping function, peak searching, ADSR 8 points!
It is very practical-To create drum kits or patches multisamples (up to 32 tones per patch)
-The edition is facilitated by the table traante (DT100) that allows to reshape the sound and the envelope at each point of the sample!
- ADSR-8 points, an LFO, two filters: HP / LP (
While mono can be CRER patches Stros using spares output (A, B, C, D)
The sounds are not any Premire quality but a lot of heat if properly worked, trs good for batteries "grunch!"
The 12 bit sampling is not really an obstacle to the sound quality Fast Fashion.
The only problem is the small memory of the glove 720 kb; say Hewlett-Packard Development does not make long loops trs ...
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for 5 months, and I must admit that m'tonne still in concept advanced in effect following the bone used in squenceur you turn, the converter (s550/s330-> s50), in a sampler ... it vritable computer!
As for his excellent design .. it does not really old!
A good choice for those in dbutent samplers rating because it does almost nothing