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Roland | W-50


The Roland/RODGERS W-50 has a wide range of high-quality sounds with easy-to-use controls. It also offers a great way to create orchestral and ensemble pieces easily. A wealth of Preset Tones and Drum Sets are provided. Whether it be rich organ sounds, strikingly realistic acoustic sounds or synthesized sounds, the W-50 has them • 16-Part Multi-Timbral Capability

The W-50 is a 16 Part multi-timbral synthesizer thai is capable of taking full advantage ot MIDI. When combined with a sequencer or computer, it otters a broad range of compositional and performance possibilities. The W-50 is compatible with both the General MIDI System and Roland's GS Format. Any music data that complies with the General MIDI System/GS Format can be reproduced accurately on this unit. 

The GS Sound Generator produces 28 voices, while the Organ Sound Generator provides another 28 for a total of 56 polyphonic notes. With this many voices at your disposal, you should be able to create some really incredible orchestrations. 

The W-50 offers a total of four different key modes: Dual, Split, Octavel, and Octave 2. These can enhance the unit's creative possibilities and allow you to add 'fatness' to sounds. The unit's buttons and sliders have all been designed to allow easy access to its sounds and functions. While
enhancing operational ease, they allow direct, immediate control over the sound editing process. 

The PERFORMANCE button can be used to obtain instan- taneous changes in the W-50's settings (a convenient per- formance function). The W-50 is equipped with three sliders which act as MIDI controllers. They allow you to apply real time expression to song data. This feature allows you to mute any part in the perfor- mance data (whether it has arrived at MIDI IN or is played by the SMF Player on the W-50) and then play that part yourself. 

The W-50 is equipped with an SMF Player which supports Standard MIDI Files. This means that in addition to providing playback of what has been recorded on the W- 50, it can also playback music data created on some other device.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)56
LFO1 Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Engine Detailed2 OSC, PCM
Filter (VCF)1 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass
Envelope (VCA)2 Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release
FXChorus, flanger, dely reverb
Memory482 patches, 256 user, 16 preset/user Organ tones, 16 performances
Drums9 Preset/User
RecordingSMF rec/play
Key typeKeys
Produced:1993 - 1993
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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