Roland SD-50 (sd50)

Music Production Sound Module w/ Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE DAW Software (free PDF guide in description)

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The Roland SD-50: Perfect Sound Solution Package

The SD-50 Mobile Studio Canvas is the new solution package for music production from Cakewalk. The Mobile Studio Canvas includes the Roland SD-50 Sound Module and Cakewalk’s SONAR 8.5 LE DAW Software, it is ideal for a wide range of users, including musicians and educators looking for a great, general purpose sound source, karaoke and bar DJs, hobbyists and non-musicians who need portable MP3 and SMF playback, and any musician who needs instrument accompaniment for live sets.

Superb Sounds Designed by Roland
The included Roland SD-50 sound module will be your go to sound source, no matter what style of music you are performing or producing. The result of over 30 years of Roland synthesizer and sound module development, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas provides 1,125 total sounds with up to 128 voice polyphony, including GM2, GS and three of Roland’s hyper-realistic Solo Tones, including Shakuhachi, Violin, and Trombone, as well as 32 drum sets; plus built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering.

Audio & MIDI Interface
Furthering its offering as a complete solution for music production, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas is also a high quality audio and MIDI interface for Mac and Windows. Capture your ideas with 2-in/2-out performance at 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio quality. Plug your phantom-powered mics into the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas’s XLR inputs to record vocals and other instruments, or plug into the Hi-Z input to get superior sound when recording electric guitar or bass. Plus with V-Link support you can add a whole new dimension to your productions through integration with V-Link compatible video hardware.

Versatile File Playback Options
Leave the computer at home and playback your backing tracks or music on the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas. Simply load standard MIDI files or MP3/WAV/AIFF audio onto a USB Memory Drive, plug it in to the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas’s USB port, then hit play—it’s that easy. Enhanced Transport Controls give you the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and much more. The Mobile Studio Canvas also includes a Play List editor for Mac and Windows.

Studio or Sound Playback on the Go
The compact and portable Roland Mobile Studio Canvas offers the versatility of 3 power supply options, so you can have your music anywhere you want it. Plug into any laptop or netbook for USB bus power, power the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas from 6 AA batteries, or use the included AC Adaptor.

A Complete Studio
The Mobile Studio Canvas includes SONAR LE music production software for Windows. SONAR LE provides easy tools to record, edit, and mix your music (see specifications for more details). The Roland Mobile Studio Canvas also makes a perfect sound module and audio interface for wide variety of software on Mac or PC.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. (1) USB Cable
  3. (1) DVD-ROM (USB Driver & SONAR 8.5 LE)
  4. (1) AC Adapter (Roland PSB-1U)
  5. (1) Power Cord

Product Features:

  • Compact, portable, USB bus-powered audio and MIDI solution perfect for laptop and mobile use
  • 128 polyphony, 1,125 GM2/GS/SD-50 Solo Tones and 32 drum sets
  • Features SD-50 Solo Tones including Shakuhachi, Trombone, and Violin
  • 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio interface with XLR inputs, phantom power, Hi-Z input, 1x1 MIDI interface, and V-LINK support
  • Built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering
  • USB memory drive for quick playback of MP3/WAV/AIFF/MIDI files
  • Enhanced Transport Controls for file playback including the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and more
  • Powered by AC Adapter, USB bus power, or batteries
  • SD-50 compatible with Windows and Mac computers
  • Includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (Windows only)
  • Also found as: SD50, SD5-0, S-D50
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Parts/90-days Labor Manufacturer's warranty

SONAR 8.5 LE Specifications:

  • 32 audio tracks
  • 64 MIDI tracks
  • 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
  • 24 simultaneous effects
  • 8 simultaneous virtual instruments
  • Includes over ten audio effects
  • Includes two virtual instruments
  • Integrated VST/VSTi support
  • Support for ACID™ format loops
  • Support for ReWire clients such as Live or Reason
  • Active Controller Technology™
  • Edit MIDI with the Inline Piano Roll View
  • Supports 32-bit & 64-bit versions of
    Windows 7, Vista & 32-bit XP OS

SD-50 Specifications:

  • Sound Generator Section:
    • Parts: 16
    • Maximum Polyphony: 128 Voices
    • Wave Memory: 128MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
    • Internal Sounds:
      • Preset Sounds: 1,125 Tones
      • Rhythm Sets: 32
      • * 3 Solo tones and GM2/GS compatible
        sounds are included.
    • User Memory: 3 Studio Sets
    • Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Mastering
    • Click here for the SD-50 Patch/Performance List.
  • Audio Interface Section:
    • Audio I/O Channels:
      • Input: 1 pair of stereo
        (MIC, GUITAR: Mono / LINE: Stereo)
      • Output: 1 pair of stereo
    • Signal Processing:
      • USB Audio: 16/24-bit
      • AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit
    • Sampling Frequency:
      • USB Audio: 44.1 kHz
      • AD/DA Conversion: 44.1 kHz
    • Nominal Input Level:
      • Mic: -50 to -30 dBu
      • Guitar: -30 to -10 dBu
      • Line: -30 to +4 dBu
    • Nominal Output Level: 0 dBu
  • SMF/Audio File Player Section:
    • File Format:
      • Standard MIDI File: format-0/1
      • Audio File: WAV, AIFF, MP3
  • Other:
    • Display: 122 x 32 dot LCD
    • Jacks & Connectors:
      • MIDI IN/OUT
      • Input Jack: Stereo Mini
      • Output Jacks: Stereo RCA-PIN
      • Headphone Jack: Stereo Mini
      • MIC Input Jack: XLR type (Phantom Power Available)
      • MIC/GUITAR Input jack: 1/4" Phone Type (Hi-Z Available)
      • USB Connector: COMPUTER (supports USB 2.0 Full-Speed USB MIDI & USB Audio)
      • USB Connector: MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
    • Power Supply:
      • DC 9 V (AC Adapter)
      • Battery (6 x AA, alkaline or Ni-MH)
      • USB Bus Power Available
    • Current Draw: 450 mA (Bus Power), 350 mA (AC Adapter, Battery)
    • Battery Life (continuous use):
      • Ni-MH Battery: Approx. 4 hrs
      • Alkaline Battery: Approx. 3 hrs
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz.
    • Width: 9-7/8" (250 mm)
    • Depth: 6-10/16" (167 mm)
    • Height: 2-3/16" (55 mm)

Minimum System Requirements for SONAR 8.5 LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
  • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
  • Hard Disk Type: Any
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** None

Recommended System Requirements for SONAR 8.5 LE:

  • Operating System: * Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 and 64-bit)
  • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or better
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
  • MIDI Interface: ** Windows-compatible
  • Audio Interface: *** Windows-compatible
  • Media Drive: **** DVD-ROM drive
  • Webserver Access: ***** Available web server space with FTP access privileges
* SONAR LE does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000.

** Required to connect external MIDI devices.

*** Required for audio playback. See for a complete list of recommended audio devices.

**** SONAR LE is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM Drive required for installation.

***** Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.

Click here for free, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to SONAR 8.5 LE recording software!


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