MATRIXSYNTH: New Dtronics DT-01 Controller for the Roland Boutique D-05, D-50, & D-550

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

New Dtronics DT-01 Controller for the Roland Boutique D-05, D-50, & D-550


A knob box for your Roland D-05, D-50, & D-550. On a personal note, I recently picked up a D-05 and was thinking about selling it due to the deep menu diving. That and there is no central editing per patch. The D-05 and D-50 are kind of like four synths in one - two "Partials" with an "Upper" and "Lower" voice each for a total of four sources that you edit independently. There is no central filter, no central envelopes, etc., so you are stuck menu diving to edit each part. Think of it like each oscillator having it's own full set of synth parameters - powerful, but a true pain to edit.  Yes you can get the hang of it, but there is no way to avoid the number of additional steps it takes to get to parameters.  This controller appears to solve that problem. It comes in at 299 euro which currently equates to about 339 USD. For those on a budget, Coffeeshopped makes an editor for Patch Base on the iPad.

Details via Dtronics:

"Dtronics DT-01 for Roland Boutique D-05/D-50/D-550

The Dtronics DT-01 is a hardware controller for the Roland Boutique D-05 and D-50 / D-550.

Features:
Dtronics DT-01 for Roland Boutique D-05 and D-50/D-550
The Dtronics DT-01 is a hardware controller for the Roland Boutique D-05 and D-50/D-550.
The DT-01 has almost the same dimensions as the Roland D-05.
The Dtronics DT-01 can also be operated according to the manufacturer on a vintage Roland D-50 / D-550
Almost every parameter of the Roland D-05 gets its own poti 12 keys and 56 pots are in a nice and solid desktop case.
Some pots are doubly assigned, but can be switched quickly and are very easy to read.
he potentiometers are also designed with color on the standard models to make it easier to read the regulator positions.

The selling price is expected around 299,- Euro.
The DT-01 will be available in August 2018."

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