Roland S-50

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Roland S-50
ManufacturerRoland Corporation
Dates1986 - 1987
Price£2195 UK $2695 US
Technical specifications
Polyphony16
Timbrality4 parts
LFOYes
Synthesis typeSamples
FilterLow-pass, Hi-pass digital filters
Aftertouch expressionYes
Velocity expressionYes
Storage memoryRAM (512K)[1]
Effectsno
Input/output
Keyboard61 keys Weighted
Left-hand controlpitch-bend and modulation wheels, volume, record level, controller / bend range sliders.

The Roland S-50 is a 61 key 12-bit sampler keyboard produced by the Roland Corporation in 1986. It featured a 3.5" DSDD Floppy Disk Drive and had external CRT monitor support to facilitate editing of samples. It could hold up to 32 samples. A rack mounted version was also available which featured expanded memory.[2]

Sample Rate[edit]

15 to 30 kHz variable sampling rates at a 12-bit resolution, (14.4 seconds and 28.8 seconds respectively) The samples can also be saved to disk (3.5" DSDD Floppy Disk Drive).[3]

S-550[edit]

A rack mountable version was released in 1987,[4] which also had twice the sample memory (1.5 Mb), time-variant filters. A less feature rich version of the S-550 was also available as the S-330. Both can support the DT-100 Digitizer Tablet and an external Computer monitor for visual manipulation of the samples on screen.

Notable users[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roland S-50 Sampling Keyboard (SOS Dec 86)". www.muzines.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  2. ^ "Roland S-50". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Roland S-50 | Vintage Synth Explorer". www.vintagesynth.com. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  4. ^ SynthArk, Designed by www.1234.info / Modified:. "S-550". www.synthark.org. Retrieved 2018-06-12.

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