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Roland D-5 Multitimbral Linear Synthesizer

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    The D-5 is equipped with sound modules employing LA (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis, Widely acclaimed since ' adoption with the D50 and D—10. Whether it be the fatter sounds normally associated with analog synthesizers, or , the sharp attacks unique to digital synthesis, you now have a great deal of expressive freedom over a wide range of sound creation possibilities.

    The D5 has two main modes , Performance Mode and Multi Timbral Mode. The Performance mode is for using the D— 5 as a keyboard instrument, while the Multi Timbral mode allows you to enjoy ensemble performances when connected with an external MIDI sequencer.

    The Multi Timbral mode turns the D—5 into eight independent synthesizer modules plus a rhythm sound module. The D-5 can play up to 32 voices at the same time, which can be used in any setup you like respective to each module.

    A Tone is the basic unit of a sound. The D-5’s memory stores 128 different Preset Tones, 64 user—programmed Tones, and 63 Preset Rhythm Tones. Also, optional memory cards (M—256D, M—256E) can be used for saving original sound libraries for ongoing use.

    As well as the 63 preset rhythm tones supplied in internal memory, 22 more original rhythm tones you program can be used for the Rhythm section. Each rhythm tone can have different Pan and Level settings as desired, so output at any desired stereo balance is possible.

    The Performance mode of the D—5 allows you to use the Chord Play, Harmony, Chase and Arpeggio functions which create interesting performance effects. These can be set individually in each Patch, resulting in the optimum effect for each sound.

    The D—5 can produce a maximum of 32 voices, or'more' precisely, 32 Partials, at the same time. , _ I A Partial is the Smallest unit of sound which goes toward. making a Tone within the D—5. Each Tone can consist of from one to four Partialvs. Quite simple Tones can be made using only 1 Partial, but it is through combining multiple Partials , that yOu are able to obtain a great variety of high—quality sounds.

    The maximum number of voices able to be" produced ' simultaneously will differ, depending on the number of 'Partials that have been set for any chosen Tone. For example, Tones using two Partials provide 16 voices, whereas with Tones using four Partials it would be 8 voice polyphonic. _ ' In the Multi Timbral mode, which allows you to use more ’ than one Tone at the same time, the, 32 voices can be assigned as necessary to each sound? module (Part). allowing you use voices effectively Without wasting, them. It is important that you get a good understanding of these concepts concerning sound usage.

    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Linear Arithmetic, ROM
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: ROM
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Velocity
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass
    Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 32
    Timbrality: 9
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches RAM: 128
    Patches ROM: 128
    Multipatches RAM: 64
    Multipatches ROM: 64
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    Reverb, Chorus, Chase Play
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys
    Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, Faders, Joy Stick, Knobs, Velocity
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 2
    Display Count V: 16
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 38-1/2 X 11 X 3-1/2
    Weight: 14 lb 8 oz
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 3
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 12
    Year Released: 1989
    Manuals & Documents
    Used Price: $150-$300 - convert
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