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Roland brings back its iconic Linear Synthesizer with the D-05

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Laura  Barnes
Roland brings back its iconic Linear Synthesizer with the D-05

The D-05 celebrates the 30th anniversary of Roland’s iconic D-50 synth.

Roland has continued its month of new gear announcements with the unveiling of the D-05 Linear Synthesizer.

Released in 1987, the original Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer was Roland’s first all-digital performance keyboard. The influential instrument helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognisable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, as well as its built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ.

It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including synth pop, new wave, new jack, and R&B, and can be heard in countless film scores of the era. With the Roland D-05, you can now get the iconic sound and dedicated control of the D-50 in a modern device.

The D-05 celebrates the 30th anniversary of Roland’s iconic D-50 synth, and comes in a compact form factor designed to fit in any studio, stage or music space.

At the D-05’s core lies the first synthesizer with Digital Circuit Behaviour (DCB) technology combined with the exact PCM attack and loop samples as the original D-50, precisely recreating every tonal nuance. The user interface is totally authentic as well, with the inclusion of plenty of direct-access controls. Even the all-important joystick is included to smoothly morph between different mixes of Upper and Lower Tones.

But the D-05 also has some exciting updates. The 64-step, polyphonic sequencer is great for performance and sparking new ideas. It can store tempo and patch changes, and can sequence shuffle and gate timing. And the built-in arpeggiator adds movement to the already evocative sounds. The D-05 is rugged and compact, runs on batteries or USB power, and can go just about anywhere. You get flexible connectivity with audio and MIDI over USB, space-saving 1/8” analog jacks, and 5-pin MIDI ports. The D-05 can even be an audio interface for your computer, meaning less stuff to carry around, fewer cables, and faster setup.

And because the D-05 is compatible with Roland Boutique accessories, you can put it in the optional DK-01 Boutique Dock for a compact enclosure that offers various tilt options, or the K-25m Keyboard Unit for a fully playable D-50 that slips into a backpack.

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