A synth with the DNA of the legendary Roland D-50
1. Copy the ensemble file into your Reaktor6 ensemble directory
The G-50 truly holds the DNA of the legendary Roland D-50! Back in 1987, Roland presented this synth as a combination of an analogue (subtractive) an a PCM (Sample) -based synth. This combination has been called “LA-Synthesis”.
In order to get a better understanding of how this synth works, it is highly recommended to download and have a look into the old D-50 manuals. There are two manuals, “basic” and “advanced”. They should be easy to find using the Google search machine. Additionally, there is also the “Roland D-50 Creative Book” online, which delivers additional information.
Most of the functions are implemented by myself. However, there are some functions and sections, where existing algorithms have been taken. Here are credits:
• The function principles of ring modulator and most modulation and reverb effects have been taken from old Generator tutorial ensembles.
• The phaser effect engine has been taken from “PhaZoR 7” by Laurent Sevestre, but only 2 in- and outputs are used. The remaining (unused) modules have been deleted in order to reduce processor load.
• The portamento-effect has been taken from the synth “ATCR TS-301” by Hjortur Haraldsson Blondal.
Version 0.9: Late Beta version. More snapshots will be added.
Version 0.91: CPU load issue fixed, panel colour issue fixed. There are only 3 embedded snap shots so far. More snapshots will be added with the next versions.
Version 0.92: Many Snapshots added. All sounds of the demo song are included now.
Version 0.95: Aftertouch functions tested. Aftertouch finetuning done. Two snapshots added.
Version 0.96: Some bugs in the WT generators fixed. New piano samples added. Snapshot "air piano" added.
Version 0.97: Ring modulator fine tuning done. Some snapshots added.
Version 0.98: Sample Library embedded. Snapshots added.
Version 0.99: Random LFOs tweaked. More snapshots added, especially typical D-50 sounds. Check out "Living Calliope" and "Fantasia".
Version 1.0: LFO1 completely rebuilt; random LFO functions tweaked again (they are much more similar to the original D-50 random-LFOs, now), many snapshots added
Version 1.1: New Panel. The new look fits into the 1980s. Ring modulator intensity can be adjusted, now. Delay effect added. Some snapshots added.
Version 1.15: Some panel bugs fixed. Snapshots added, e.g. "Pizzagogo" and "Super Saw Lead".
Version 1.16: DAW automation issue fixed. Snapshot "Trance Lead" added. New Demo song.
Version 1.17: Many snapshots added. The G-50 has 99 snapshots, now.