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Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container

 
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HM



Joined: 06 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 10:18 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

a saw a net-wire, pulled, and sudden
stood with a old roland DC-50 digital-
chorus that fits my space-echos, only
done a little testing, but noticed
that they are sold seccond-hand for
500 euro, should i be happy, what are
the forces of this unit ?

HM
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interruptor



Joined: 04 Sep 2005
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Location: Switzerland

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:26 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

nice find..

here is a link to some reviews at HarmonyCentral
and a description + review at effectsdatabase.com

The second review at effectsdatabase says it's a good chorus for bass due to it's clean sound. analog choruses seem to be warmer but tend to turn bass into mud.

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HM



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:40 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

yes thats it :) ,... the chorus is "light"
and air-like, the hall is also not to the
"heavy" side, maybe becourse its early 12
bit digital or so, they might have choosen
a moderate expression, however a nice and
noisy self-repeating sound apears when the
revearb is pushed hard,.. :-)))
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HM



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:52 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

the chorus is strange, turns a clean piano
into a detuned wild-west salon-piano :-)

Delay-lenght being fixed sucks the most

The chorus is very special, the delay/hall
is most interesting as special effect when
pushed into into self-oscillation

If for 500 euro I would definately sell :-)

Guess an emulator-x / 1820m would improve
my sonic arsenal way better LOL

HM
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Mike Zee



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:25 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

HM, this is really more like a museam item than 'useful' gear. And the price on it will go up as time goes by :).... but you keep it rather under the glass hood, than being plugged somewhere in your production studio ... ;-)

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/dr ZEE

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HM



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:41 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

Yes I agree, but i sure looks good when
I make a stack with RE-201, RE-150, DC-50,
and spring-king on the top :-) ,... ha ha

throwing things out is cool I discovered,
feels like I owns the gear, not oposite,
however this one might be sold,... later

HM :-)
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pieuvre



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:18 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

my advice : open it up and see if you can find plastic screws used by services technicians .You can make it sound way better .I always do that with analog gear ( e1005 /stage echo / vintage synths ) .i even put an external pot on an old casio keyboard to turn off the hihats on the drum presets .of course be careful not to f### it .
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HM



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:33 pm    Post subject: Roland DC-50 Digital Chorus - in the container Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice, hopefully time would
allow Me some day to try this, right now the
new computers consumes all time left, and I
am still not nearly done :-) , but hope for
3-5 year´s peace after this build,.......
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68000



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:50 pm    Post subject: DC-50 not 12 bit Reply with quote

The DC-50 is from 1976 and is a BBD analog machine. So please dont think it's a 12-bit! machine. The chorus is very near identical to the pedal CE-1 from the same time, but not exatcly the same.

The sound of the DC is amasing. It's one of the best BBD delay and chorus devices around. It was an expensive studio effects that was only in production for a very limited time. Partly due to Roland had not at the time made them self a name in high end effects devices. The first Space Echo RE-200 was also only on the market for a year.

Later Roland gained a reputation with the next Space Echo the RE-201.

The name Digital on the front is only a buzz word meant to sell the machine. Digital was a near unknow thing in 1976 so using a fresh word like this can be compared to the later RSS and COSM and so one.

Due to the amasing sound and the rarity of the DC-50 it is now a very sought after machine.
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