THE ROLAND D-50 was and still is one of my favourite synths of all time. I noticed that there weren't any patchbanks dedicated to ambient pad sounds so i decided to make my own, resulting in the Linear Universe patchbank containg airy, ambient, astrological, atmopsheric, ethereal, mystic, planetary and spiritual sounds. The Linear Universe patchbank will breath new life into your Roland D-50.
LINEAR UNIVERSE is a patchbank for the Roland D-50, D-550 & D-05 synthesizers containing 64 new and original patches (8 banks of 8 patches). The Linear Universe patchbank focuses mainly on atmospheric and ambient pad sounds demonstrating the full potential of the Roland D-50.
THE SOUNDS are very well suited to be used in ambient and new age music. Every musician who owns a D-50 synthesizer and plays ambient, new age music, should have this patchbank. You won't regret it.
The Linear Universe patchbank is compatibe with these synthesizers: The Roland D-50, D-550, D-05, V-Synth & V-Synth GT with the VC-1 expansion card & the V-Synth XT. This patchbank can also be loaded into the Roland D-50 VST / AU software plugin.
The Linear Universe patchbank is also part of Synthesizer Bundle 1.
Follow the installation instructions as stated in the Linear Universe Installation.pdf file or the Installation tab above.
We recommend using MIDI-OX (PC) for loading the bank into your synth. The MIDI-OX MIDI Utility Program is included in the Linear Universe package. For MAC users, we recommend SysEx Librarian which you can find here.
Before loading the bank into the synth, we strongly suggest to backup your sounds from the Roland D-50 synth to a Roland M-256D or M-256E Memory Card or to a computer. If you don't do this, all your sounds will be lost.
Connect the MIDI IN of your synth to a MIDI OUT of your computer, either via a MIDI interface or via a MIDI breakout cable of your soundcard.
Connect the MIDI OUT of your synth to a MIDI IN of your computer, either via a MIDI interface or via a MIDI breakout cable of your soundcard. This is only needed when you want to backup your patches as described below.
Install MIDI-OX and startup the program after installation.
In MIDI-OX, open the Options menu and choose MIDI Devices...
In the MIDI Inputs and MIDI Outputs boxes, choose the MIDI In and MIDI Out your synth is connected to.
Set the synths Memory Protect function to Off by clicking on the Tune/Function button (beneath the joystick), then clicking on the Tone Balance button (beneath the display) and move the joystick completely to the left.
In MIDI-OX, open the View menu and choose SysEX.
In the SysEx dialog box, open the SysEx menu and choose Receive Manual Dump... A small dialog box opens, waiting for the SysEx dump to be received.
On your synth, while holding the DATA TRANSFER button, push the KEY MODE button (beneath the display) (B.DUMP) and then the ENTER button. You will see Sending on the synths display. When the dump is complete, the screen will change to Complete.
In MIDI OX, click Done in the small dialog box.
Still in MIDI-OX, open the Display Window menu and choose Save As...
You can now save your bank to the computer.
Loading the Linear Universe patchbank
Unpack the supplied zip archive file to a directory of choise.
On your synth, while holding the DATA TRANSFER button, push the SLIT POINT button (B.Load) and then the ENTER button. You will see Waiting on the synths display.
In MIDI OX, open the Actions menu and choose Send and SysEx File...
A dialog box will open from where you can choose the supplied Linear Universe.syx file.
Double click on the Linear Universe.syx file. The soundbank will now be sended to the synth.
When the dump is done you will see Complete on the synts display.
Push the Exit button on the synth to be able to use the Linear Universe patches.
Roland D-50 VST / AU
Unpack the supplied zip archive file to a directory of choice.
Open the Roland D-50 plugin in your DAW.
Click on the Patch button in the main interface window.
A patch bank dialog box opens.
Click on the Load button and select the Linear Universe.syx file on your harddrive.
Testimonials, Comments & Reviews
Laurent B.:"Perfect. The sounds are just amazing, I have a "new" D-50!"
jammie l.:"Linear universe, they sound good but some were distorting eq levels for the bass area to high but once adjusted for level and the amp evel tweaked they mixed wellthey were fantastic."