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Roland D05 Boutique Series Desktop Synthesizer

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Product Description

Recreation of the Renowned D-50 Linear Synthesizer from the 1980s! The D-05 is a compact reproduction combining the newly developed Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) sound generator with the actual samples used in the original instrument. 

Released in 1987, the Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer is easily one of the most influential keyboards ever made. This revolutionary instrument helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus 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 get the iconic sound and dedicated control of the D-50 in a modern device that perfectly recreates the legendary synth down to its finest details.

Roland D05 Boutique Series Desktop Synthesizer Features

  • Perfect sonic recreation of the D-50 from the makers of the original
  • Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) faithfully captures every detail
  • Authentic user interface including joystick control
  • All the original presets plus fresh new sounds
  • Compatible with original D-50 patches
  • 64-step, polyphonic onboard sequencer and arpeggiator
  • Rugged construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Battery operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories 
Vintage Digital
When most people think of vintage synthesizers, they think of analog beasts with lots of knobs and sliders. The 1980s ushered in something new: sleek keyboards with digital engines that brought musicians and producers a totally new palette of sounds not previously possible with analog. As Roland’s first all-digital performance keyboard, the D-50 took the world by storm with its unique mix of sampled attack transients and synthesized waveforms combined with built-in digital effects and…a joystick!

Name a famous track from the late ‘80s to early ‘90s and there’s a good chance it was built around one or more Roland D-50 sounds. Unabashedly digital, the D-50 has taken its rightful place in the hallowed halls of classic vintage synthesizers. Its sound is unique and beautiful, and it brings a certain “something” to your tracks that you just can’t get anywhere else.

New Wave. New Jack. New Age. And So On…
The ‘80s were a dynamic period for pop music. Producers were trying new things, looking for new sounds, and new genres were being forged at a furious pace. From 1987 on, the Roland D-50 was massively influential and appeared in studios and on stages around the world. Some of the most revered recording artists in history have used the beautifully crafted presets, unaltered, as the cornerstone of huge international hits. There’s just something about the quality of its sound that grabs you. And with the Roland D-05, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this trailblazing synthesizer by putting all the powerful beauty of the D-50 into the modern Roland Boutique format.

Samples Meet Synthesis
So, what exactly made this synth so attention-grabbing? The D-50 used an innovative mixture of short, sampled attack transient waveforms blended with digitally synthesized sustaining sounds. This technique, dubbed “Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesis,” offered the realism of expensive (at that time) digital samplers, the expressiveness of a synth, and the polish of a high-end studio thanks to onboard digital effects. It's no wonder the D-50 became one of the best-selling professional keyboards in history.

But thirty years on, the combination of sampling and synthesis is as relevant today as the era in which the D-50 shined so brightly. Dig deeper into the structures of the LA Synthesis sound engine and you can create powerful percussive patches, smooth ambient pads, and staccato sequencer sounds that give you that “something new” you’ve been looking for.

LA Boutique
The compact form factor of the Roland Boutique line provides professional synthesizers designed to fit in any studio, stage, or music space. At the D-05’s core lies the first synthesizer with Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) technology combined with the exact PCM attack and loop samples as the original D-50, precisely recreating every tonal nuance in stunning detail. 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, perfect for performance and sound design.

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. With all this power and flexibility, you may be most surprised by the D-05's affordable price, which puts the iconic D-50 experience within reach of just about anyone.

Note: Ground shipping only. Item cannot be shipped air.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Roland D05 Boutique Series Desktop Synthesizer Specifications
  • Maximum Polyphony: 16 Voice Polyphonic Linear Synthesizer 
  • Patch/Pattern Memory:
    • Preset Patch: 64 x 6
    • User Patch: 64 x 8
    • Pattern: 64
  • Controllers:
    • VOLUME knob
    • Ribbon controllers C1, C2
    • Joystick
    • FUNCTION button
    • PRESET/USER button
    • PARTIAL BALANCE/EDIT select button
    • Left cursor/F1/F2/right cursor button and indicator
    • CHASE button and indicator
    • PORTAMENTO button and indicator
    • EDIT button
    • EXIT button
    • SEQUENCER button and indicator
    • WRITE button
    • INCREMENT button
    • DECREMENT button
    • Numerical keys (0-9, SHIFT, ENTER)
    • PATCH BANK buttons and indicators (1-8)
    • PATCH NUMBER buttons and indicators (1-8)
    • Power switch
  • Step Sequencer: 64 steps 
  • Arpeggio:
    • Type: 1 Oct (UP, U+D, DOWN), 2 Oct (DOWN, U+D, UP)
    • Step: 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/4T, 1/8T, 1/16T
  • Display: 16 characters 2 line LCD 
  • Connectors:
    • PHONES jack: stereo miniature phone type
    • OUTPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type
    • MIX IN jack: stereo miniature phone type
    • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    • USB port: Micro-B type (Audio, MIDI) 
  • Power Supply:
    • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
    • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    • USB bus power
  • Current Draw: 500 mA (USB bus power) 
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 5 hours * This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use. 
  • Dimensions:
    • 300 (W) x 128 (D) x 46 (H) mm
    • 11-13/16 (W) x 5-1/16 (D) x 1-13/16 (H) inches
  • Weight (including batteries):
    • 900 g
    • 2 lbs
  • Accessories:
    • Owner's Manual
    • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 
  • Options (sold separately):
    • Keyboard Unit: K-25m
    • Boutique Dock: DK-01

Customer Reviews

Dwayne Hackett Submitted: 11/6/2018
Product Rating
Return of a true Classic
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
Huge classic is back, being what it really is the D-05 is the D-50, it's on countless hit records and to have it back in this module format is awesome, it's a must have in your set up, try to find a D-50 in good shape is tough, also you get extra's with this and the price is a steal, get it before they gone we all know how classic gear goes fast !!!!
Jean E Berrouet, Submitted: 9/5/2018
Product Rating
Worth every penny
What is your opinion of this product?
I am a long time Roland D-50 Keyboard Synth owner and haves had several along the years. This is an exact replica of the sounds. This by far is better than the D-550 previous module version of the D-50 because it has more memory space and has most of the extra libraries for that keyboard. You can even customize a user bank with just your favorite sounds. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star is because of the audio output being a headphone type plug I think that 2 1/4” output jacks L+R for stereo and L (mono) would be better. Don’t get me wrong it still sounds great this is a mater of personal preference not sound quality.
Luna Submitted: 8/15/2018
Product Rating
Classic 80s linear synthesis in module form!
What is your opinion of this product?
I love this module, it has the crazy 80s synth sounds that I’ve been wanting to explore. The build quality is nice too, considering how small the module is.
Ernie Submitted: 7/22/2018
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I had a D-10 back in the 80's and LOVED it! Fast forward to 2018, and I can get all of those sounds and more in a nice compact package for a fraction of what I paid back then! I do wish Roland would create a software editor for it (I forgot how hard the D-10/50 was to program), but it delivers on all that it promises and at a very reasonable price!
Mark L., Submitted: 11/23/2017
Product Rating
I’m impressed!
What is your opinion of this product?
I just got it and what can I say... the company that made the D-50... MADE A D-50 in a modern compact form with a few additional features. It’s a authentic D-50 (D-550) just more compact and lighter (about 2 pounds/1 kilo, I think). It sounds great! It’s a bargain for the price.
Timothy Bias Submitted: 11/9/2017
Product Rating
I love this thing
What is your opinion of this product?
This is like having the actual Roland D-50 keyboard but in the box, it has the same sounds in the presets but it takes it a step further. you can change the sound from the old D-50 sound engine to a more updated cleaner one that suits today's music for recording in the settings. But most of all it has 16 note polyphony so I don't have to buy two of these one should suit me just right. A must buy for any synth head great job Roland.
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Matthew Wallhausen Submitted: 10/11/2017
Product Rating
Awesome vintage module
What is your opinion of this product?
It's an upgraded D50 without keys, but all the Roland factory and expansion cards, and another 8 banks to fill as you see fit. Sounds great. Great vintage digital.


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