MATRIXSYNTH: What comes after | IDM demo with Roland D-50, SH-101, Yamaha RS7000, Toraiz Squid

Sunday, May 30, 2021

What comes after | IDM demo with Roland D-50, SH-101, Yamaha RS7000, Toraiz Squid

video by MIDERA

"Upon writing my recent review of the Roland D-50 (here:, I decided to reach out to a friend who had bought mine, and I bought it back from him, mostly to see - does the UI really suck as bad as I thought it did?

The first thing to note - it didn't take long for this song to irritate me, so, perhaps this isn't the best track to start off with on the D-50, but as I state in my review, the sound of the D-50 is really pleasing.

So - for some reason, the D-50's interface wasn't quite as bad as I thought. For one reason or another, my brain seems better equipped to handle it. Why is that? I haven't exactly been using it for over 2 years. I think part of it is, two years of exploring other synthesizers, a pandemic, a job change, other things - I think we're just more complicated than 'sit down with X for Y hours and you'll get better.' Like, it took my daughter sitting on a bike 3 times, unmoving, to suddenly... just be biking. So much goes on behind the scenes that contribute to our abilities and knowledge.

Anyway, as I recall - The D-50 is a keeper."

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