Roland D-50 Demo




A demo of Roland D-50 sounds, mostly from Jean Michel Jarre's "Revolution" and "Waiting for Cousteau" albums.
I have collected and modified the most of them myself.


Here is a complete list of the synths and patches used on JM Jarre's Revolution album (the time is from the CD)
Please write me, if you are as nerdy as me and have any corrections or fill ins :)

*NEW* After hundreds of requests, a download link for the complete syx-file here: RolandD50_thhedk.syx



Here is the list I used and still use, to search for D-50 sounds on the Revolutions album:

Industrial Revolution
Time		Sound			Instrument	 	Patch name		 Bank				 Patch number
0:00 : Starting "rhythm" Roland D-50 "Machine Run" Geerdes "Volume 1" Patch 84 0:10 : Strings Roland D-50 "ORCHESTER PHILAMON" PA-Decoder "Vol. 1b" Patch 41 1:27 : Strings Roland D-50 "ORCHESTER PHILAMON" PA-Decoder "Vol. 1b" Patch 41 Modified (lower part of sound removed) 1:27 : Bass Strings - Most likely D50 1:56 : Drums Akai MPC-60 (*1) 2:44 : Lead Roland D-50 "Griitttarr 2" Roland PND-50-01 Patch 63 2:46 : Drums Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 4:31 : Pitched "rhythm" Roland D-50 "Machine Run" Geerdes "Volume 1" Patch 84 4:51 : Effect - 5:05 : Gong Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 5:10 : Breathing Roland D-50 "YAMATANO OROCHI" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 27 5:13 : Bright starting sound Roland D-50 "Squeeze de Sax" Roland PND-50-01 Patch 46 5:41 : String Roland D-50 "Motor Orchestra" Leister "Volume 3" Patch 88 6:48 : Bass sweep Roland D-50 "Spacious Sweep" Roland PN-D50-00 Patch 47 7:01 : Strings Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 7:21 : Braas bass - Most likely D50 7:42 : Lead Roland D-50 "Eye Brasspad" Roland PN-D50-03 Patch 35 8:04 : Breathing Roland D-50 "YAMATANO OROCHI" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 27 8:39 : Drums Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 9:21 : Lead Roland D-50 "Griitttarr 2" Roland PND-50-01 Patch 63 9:49 : Effect - 9:53 : Strings Roland D-50 "K-While" Leister "Volume 3" Patch 66 9:53 : Strings/Bass - Most likely D50 9:53 : Drums - 10:19 : Strings bass and lead Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 10:26 : Sequencer Roland D-50 "Analog Chop" Leister "Volume 3" Patch 61 10:47 : Lead Roland D-50 "Rele Dynamic Brass" PA-Decoder "Vol. Ib" Patch 26 11:14 : Lead Roland D-50 "Griitttarr 2" Roland PND-50-01 Patch 63 11:42 : Bass - Most likely D50 12:37 : Effect - 12:37 : Strings Roland D-50 "ORCHESTER PHILAMON" PA-Decoder "Vol. 1b" Patch 41 12:42 : Guitar sound - 12:45 : Breathing Roland D-50 "YAMATANO OROCHI" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 27 12:46 : Ha Haha Ha choir Bruno Rossignol Choir 13:35 : Strings Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 14:25 : Lead Roland D-50 "Griitttarr 2" Roland PND-50-01 Patch 63 14:42 : Choir Bruno Rossignol Choir 16:42 : Effect Roland D-50 "ATARI 1040 ST 5" PA-Decoder "Vol. 1a" Patch 21 London Kid: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Drums Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 00:01 : Bass Elka Synthex 00:04 : Guitar Hank B. Marvin 00:04 : Sweep sound Elka Synthex 00:49 : Strings Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 01:20 : Strings Roland D-50 "Gurgel Strings" 01:20 : Choir Bruno Rossignol Choir 03:08 : Bass Guy Delacroix 03:51 : Piano Fairlight CMI? (*2) Revolutions: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Flute Ney Played by Kudsi Erguner 00:32 : Sound Roland D-50 "SOLVOLYSIS" Unknown soundbank 1 Patch 12 00:44 : Bass Roland D-50 "New Wave Sequencer"? Sardonic Sounds Patch 76 (Very modified) 01:15 : Breath sequencer - 01:40 : Computer voice JM Jarre 01:42 : Drums Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 01:46 : Lead Roland D-50 "MIKE BATT ORCHESTR" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 2 Patch 76 02:15 : Slap Bass Roland D-50 "Synth Bass 2" Roland PN-D50-02 Patch 67 02:45 : Drums Akai MPC-60 (*1) 03:16 : Sequencer & Trumpet - Most likely D50 03:18 : Wood block sound - Tokyo Kid: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Starting sounds Christal Baschet 00:36 : Drums Akai MPC-60 (*1) 00:46 : Glass like sound - 01:44 : Bass Roland D-50 "Octave Synth Bass" Roland PN-D50-04 Patch 63 01:44 : Trumpet Jun Miyake Computer Weekend: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Shore sample - 00:03 : High Pitch sound Roland D-50 "Tripping in Haight" Sardonic Sounds soundbank Patch 38 00:08 : Strings Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 00:23 : Lead Roland D-50 "Ocean Scenario" EMC "Volume 1" Patch 31 01:05 : Drums - 01:17 : Bass - Most likely D50 01:26 : Trumpet - Most likely D50 01:32 : Effect Roland D-50 "Alien Cam" Leister "Volume 2" Patch 76 03:11 : Effect - 03:47 : Effect Roland D-50 "DEPTH CHARGE" Unknown soundbank 1 Patch 74 September: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Drums Akai MPC-60 (*1) 00:08 : Lead Roland D-50 "ANALOG 01" PA-Decoder "Vol. IIIb" Patch 41 00:30 : Choir Choir from Mali 01:19 : Strings Roland D-50 "--KOKUBOSTRINGS--" Michael Hotop's SoundSet 8 Patch 71 (modified with short release) 01:48 : Bass Guy Delacroix 02:40 : Lead Mireille Pombo The Emigrant: Time Sound Instrument Patch name Bank Patch number
00:00 : Start sound Roland D-50 "SOLVOLYSIS" Unknown soundbank 1 Patch 12 00:11 : Bass Roland D-50 "P Knight Strings" Michael Hotop SoundSet 1 Patch 17 00:30 : Lead Roland D-50 "Gurgel Strings" 00:30 : Strings - Most likely D50 - (Maybe "Gurgel Strings" without the Gurgel :) 01:13 : Drums Simmons SDX or Dynacord ADD one 02:30 : Choir Bruno Rossignol Choir (*1): Custom Fairlight CMI III samples according to Joe Hammer (*2): CD sleeve says: Sylvain Durand Fairlight CMI on 'London Kid' - I really don't understand why he should play the Fairlight on that song, if it wasn't the Piano part? Any other ideas?