These are the features
for the D-50VE
Fully compatible with Roland D-50/D550
Look and feel of the D-50. The D-50VE is designed to start
programming from the minute you lay your hands on it.
Fully editable with special features, not seen on the D-50
e.g. undo's, copy curves, adsr, tvf, send-receive leds, ...
Librarian built inside. Cut and paste, drag, organize patches,
Library supports single files and .d50 and .syx bank files
Drag and drop patches
Manage between Source list to Destination list to build your
custom bank from a single patch or bank patch.
Manage the D-50 reverb types.
Online community: Register by sending your banks. This gives
you access to tons of banks from other users.
Can be controlled by mouse or keyboard, logical organized keys
Hear and control what you're editing: Unlike most of the editors,
the D-50VE can sequence notes to hear the result or play chords
on a virtual keyboard
Skins: make your own skins or download from this website
Comes with tons of patches and additional skins...
A multinational development
The D-50 is a highly versatile instrument.
The only problem users encounter is the horrible interface: you
KNOW your D-50 has a certain function but you just can't find it.
And nowadays there are beautiful synths with glossy interfaces but
they just lack this real (not virtual) analog sparkle... How to
get it right?
These were the thoughts that crossed two
peoples minds for weeks. And it became a multinational cooperation:
a Belgium graphic designer and a Dutch software designer put their
hands together and started making a product that is absolutely a
one of a kind: THE D-50 VIRTUAL EDITOR.
After years, Frédéric Jagneaux,
frenchman came into the scene. He gave the D-50VE new power in it's
existence by adding a librarian and finishing the project.
A Belgian glossy interface
There are two major things wrong with the interface of the original Roland
D-50 (or the module D550). First there is the fact that much features are
buried too deep into the menu structure. The D-50 comes from a time where
manufacturers wanted to cut down on the number of buttons and sliders
on the surface of the device and this is the result of their savings...
Second there is the fact that nowadays sound designers are somewhat spoiled
by the interfaces of the currently available instruments. Most of the
modern synthesizers have real time knobs and programmers are not bothered
with settings of levels and times of e.g. the ADSR curve.
These considerations are currently resulting
in a highly unique form of interface for the newly developed D-50 Virtual
Editor. It has the same look and feel of the original device but contains
many shortcuts to the functionality of the Roland D-50 and gives the programmer
the same comfortable tools as the modern synthesizers. And some proud
words to end this: it's a Belgian product... as sweet as our chocolates!
Dutch robust programming
A nice front end and pretty words are one thing. To get it working is
another. To give concrete form to these ideas the Belgian initiative is
backed up by Dutch programming experience. A decision was made to develop
the editor (and librarian) solely for the Microsoft Windows platform.
After that the right tools were gathered and the development began. An
enormous number of functions were developed to be able to communicate
with and to control the D-50. And ofcourse a lot of functions to be able
to read, write and edit system exclusive files, because it's as much a
librarian as an editor. And on top of it all there were extra functions
to translate a comfortable interface to the harsh reality of the numeric
interface of the D-50.
The ADSR-curve is a good example. On the D-50
the programmer has to input separate values for the times and the levels
of the ADSR-curve (by the way, ADSR stands for Attack Decay
Sustain and Release, the life cycle of a tone).In fact one
only wants to tell the D-50 which form this curve has and is not
interested in the concrete values. As a result of these reflections a
function was developed to translate the situation of sliders on the screen
to a MIDI message to the Roland D-50 to set the matching values for the
TVF or TVA times and levels, as shown below (click on the image to hear
the result or download the patch called One Filter Roll).
A powerful french library.
The D-50VE is a powerful editor for the D-50, but would be not complete,
unless you add a library to it. A librairy wich can manage the patches
and output to files or the D-50. For that we've found the right person
! Frédéric Jagneaux is a frenchman living nearby Lyon. He
's a 34 years old skilled programmer and created the D-50 Libris, a librarian
for the D-50VE. the Libris will be fully integrated in the D-50ve project
and make it even more functional ! You 'll have cut and past, drag and
drop abilities all at your fingertips !