How to Get Roland D50 type sounds (Renoise/Linux)


(GlowNote) #1

I’m really interested in Roland D50 sounds:

www.synthmania.com/d-50.htm

How can I get similar sounds in Renoise?

Roland has the new D05 module of course, but I’d rather avoid the hardware integration issues.

Munt is an emulator of the MT-32, which is like a little brother of the D50, but the MT-32 doesn’t sound as good. In fact it seems to have a stereotyped “video game” sound - although maybe clever processing could fix that. So I haven’t even tried Munt.

Can some of the D50-type sounds be made directly in Renoise? I know that two of the biggest ingredients in the “Linear Arithmetic” synthesis are 1) Ring Modulation and 2) Sampled attack, synthesized body.

Renoise has a Ringmod but it seems to only multiply by fixed waveforms. True? In the D50 sounds, of course, both inputs to the Ringmod were configurable.

For sampled attack, synthesized body, I guess I could glue them together in Audacity, then import and let Renoise pitch-shift the whole thing - but the attack timing would change up and down the keyboard, probably wrong. I could use two Renoise instruments in parallel, one playing the sampled attack and one the synth-pad sound.

Has anyone made rich, D50-ish instruments in Renoise?


(fladd) #2

There are apparently some D50ish patches for Zebra2 (e.g. in the “Hybrids” soundset: https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=322223)..)


(Skolskoly) #3

I repackaged this soundfont for renoise a while ago: http://forum.renoise.com/index.php/files/file/675-generalusergs/

The samples are pretty generic rompler sounds. Decent quality, but not exactly rich or anything. If you’re looking for a starting point they might be helpful.


(GlowNote) #4

I repackaged this soundfont for renoise a while ago: http://forum.renoise.com/index.php/files/file/675-generalusergs/

The samples are pretty generic rompler sounds. Decent quality, but not exactly rich or anything. If you’re looking for a starting point they might be helpful.

Thank you! Got it installed - some of the patches do seem D50 inspired, like Fantasia. Am I using it right? I navigate to the folder containing the sfz files and double-click an sfz, then use it in a pattern. Reason I’m asking is there’s also this mysterious NaturalTouch.xrno.

Fladd - thank you, when I get spare cycles I would like to try out Zebra.


(Ben Dover) #5

For that authentic D-50 sound, IMO nothing beats https://www.rolandcloud.com/catalog/legendary/d-50

Works just fine in Renoise here.


(orrigans) #6

The D50 has a lot of weird, early digital magical charm going on. In theory you could just use your own waveform samples and go from there. I find the Korg M1 VST to be capable of a lot of the spacey kinds of sounds, also the Wavestation one, but those are both better at being themselves than being a D50.


(rocklobster343) #7

Thank you so much for this!!! Was looking for this weeks ago :smiley:

I repackaged this soundfont for renoise a while ago: http://forum.renoise.com/index.php/files/file/675-generalusergs/

The samples are pretty generic rompler sounds. Decent quality, but not exactly rich or anything. If you’re looking for a starting point they might be helpful.