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Roland | D-5


The D-5 is equipped with sound modules employing LA (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis, Widely acclaimed since ' adoption with the D-50 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 D-5 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.
Engine TypeDigital
EnginePCM, LA
Voices (max)32
Engine DetailedDigital LAS (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) & ROM Samples
Filter (VCF)24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
FXReverb, Chorus, Chase Play
Memory128 preset patches, 64 user patches 128 performances.
Key typeKeys
Produced:1989 - 1989
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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