The M.EX (pronounced 'em-ex'
) board will change the way you make music with the Roland D-50
or D-550 LA-synthesizer. With a simple installation of the M.EX
board, your D-50 becomes multi-timbral, giving you the power to
play up to eight tones or four patches at one time. Plus, the M.EX
board triples the D-50's memory to store 192 sounds.
The M.EX board adds 10 new displays
and 42 new parameters, providing enhanced capabilities for playing
live or for use in a sequencer-driven enviroment. All voice-allocation
is done dynamically. You can create and save seperate Multi-Mode
settings for every patch, giving you instant access to up to 192
New functions and parameters
for the D-50 provided by the M.EX board:
- KEY-MODE: In addition
to the 9 regular Key modes, there are two new modes: Multi-Mode
and Multi-Dual-Mode. The D-50's effects section still only provides
1 digital reverb, 2 chorus units, 2 equalizer and 6 LFOs; however
each of the 8 Tones can be individually assigned to the upper
and lower effects sections. In Multi-Mode, you have 1 chorus
and 1 EQ, while in Multi-Dual mode you have 2 chorus and 2 EQs.
- MULTI-MIDI: Each of
the eight "Instruments" can be assigned to any MIDI
channel, or turned "off". Volume and panning can be
controlled individually by MIDI.
- MULTI-TONE: Each of
the eight "Instruments" can be assigned a tone between
"Lower Tone 11" and "UPPER Tone 88". You
can adjust the tuning of each Tone by +/- 24 semitones.
- TRANSMIT CHANNEL: The
D-50 can now transmit on two seperate MIDI channels. Both the
lower and the upper keyboard ranges are assignable to independent
channels, turning your D-50 into a true master keyboard controller.
- INTERNAL LINK MODE:
When set to "Local on", both MIDI keyboard-transmit-
of your D-50 can be assigned separately to any of the eight
MultiTones. Thus, for instance, you may use a DUAL sound (2
Tones) in the lower register of your D-50 while at the same
time playing a QUATTRO sound (4 Tones!) in the upper keyboard
zone. You can create big layered or fat solo sounds by assigning
the same MIDI channel to several Tones.
- KEY WINDOW: Each tone
can have its own and high split point settings. This means you
can freely map up to eight "zones" across your keyboard.
- SPEED SYSTEM: We can
add the Speed System for free. This system increases the timing
of the D-50/D-550 with 35%. But you have to exchanche a quartz.
(soldering required). If you order the D-50/D-550 M.EX expansion,
please let us know if you want the Speed System or not.
In the Download area you
can find two soundsets featuring individually programmed multi-
and layersounds for the M.EX expansion board.