Roland D-50...

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by synergy, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. synergy

    synergy Guest


    i'm currently doing my first steps into synthies and midi in general.

    a friend of mine has lend me a roland d-50, but because he hasn't used it for over 10 years and has also lost the manual, i don't know how to use it properly.
    i checked roland's website, but couldn't find any manuals for download there.
    so i would be very glad if someone could tell me where to find an manual.

    also, how do i connect it to my daw?
    i'm thinking about purchasing a terratec dmx-6fire:
    good idea?

    can i use the roland as a masterkeyboard for controlling softwaresynths (vst-instruments)?

    do i need to download software before being able to use the synth with my software (cubase 5-my OS is windows XP)?

    will i be able to get all the d-50 sounds into cubase?

    any further tips and tricks for this synth (new sounds, programming-techniques etc.)?

    thx for help! :confused:
  2. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    Do a Google search on "Roland D-50 manual". This turned up several pages of results including a guy selling a D-50 manual. Also, just try calling Roland. I'm sure the number is on their website.

    That card seems a bit "prosumer" to me. IOW, all the IO is on mini jacks, setup for surround and just the way the ad blurb reads. Check out some of their other dedicated audio cards. Get something that at least has 1/4" analog and perhaps SPDIF for digital interfacing. A single MIDI in and out is adequate but you'll always want more so get what you can within your budget.

    The D-50 will work fine as you master keyboard. It should play VST instruments within Cubase (no need for additional software).

    About getting the D-50 sounds into Cubase, I don't follow. If you're asking if Cubase can store additional sounds from the D-50 the answer is yes.

    Let your internet broswer do the walking for D-50 tips.
  3. synergy

    synergy Guest


    OK thanks!

    other questions:

    can i connect an additional MIDI-interface with more I/Os to the single MIDIport of the card, or do i have to do this in a different way?

    do different cards have different latency, means if they support asio and the other standards, can i be sure that the latency is so small that i can play nearly in real-time?

  4. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    You need a card with multiple MIDI port support to do what you're talking about. Its not something that can be added to the card.

    I believe the formula is "lower buffer size = less latency". I use 256 with GigaStudio and it the latency is "acceptable".
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