Don Solaris wrote:
Remember one thing (and i've been in sound design for over a decade now): Feature means nothing. It means zero. Null....
That's merely your opinion, not a fact. And since we're seemingly listing experience here: I've been crafting sounds since 1990 or something, 2op, 4op, 6op, and 8op FM, additive (my own software), subtractive, physical modeling and in-depth sampling/editing/generating. If features mean zero to you, then so be it.. your loss.
My Neptune 2 analog synth has the same features as MiniMoog. So how come Neptune 2 doesn't cost $3000 and a crappy old midi-less MiniMoog isn't $500?
How should I know, I don't have either of those two, and frankly I can't be bothered to ever get those anyway, they're not my style.
So, CS TBL why don't you buy yourself a D-550 and judge the whole thing by yourself. Grab one while they are still cheap. A little bird told me there will be a big demand for vintage digitals, just a few years from now.
I'd rather put money on softsynths and various midi/usb controllers, or otherwise some more rack modules in which you can upload a VSTi, like there's already, so ppl can gig with 'm on stage (ppl don't trust computers yet). But that's another discussion..
Now wait a minute! You wrote and commented so much about D-50 yet you don't even know how it works?
That was ages ago, early 90's or something, do you expect me to remember all that? I've also toyed with a Kawai K4 for a while but I wouldn't be able to just lay out that thing here if someone asked for it. I'm telling you: I've played/dived into the D5, D10, D50 and D70, I even remember in which section of the shop they were placed.
But this all is going into endless circles. I've a suggestion: since you obviously have a D(5)50, record a few of your best/unique patches (single notes, no chords), mp3/host 'em, and I'll give my comments on them. In case you're going to use samples: preferably something with standard samples, something which could be recreated in another synth in which those samples may not be present, unless you allow me to use the odd raw sample of that same D(5)50 I could throw into a sampler..