Roland D50 Drifting Out Of Tune

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Roland D50 Drifting Out Of Tune

Post by DWM_Jazz » Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:03 am

Good Day.

The other day I notice my beloved D50 performs just fine for about 5 minutes and then slides out of tune by about a 1/2 step. The master tune setting doesn't change. It's not controlling anything or being controlled by anything. Just mono output to line in on my amp. When I turn it off and let it sit for a bit, it comes back "in tune" before drifting out of tune again.

Reading other posts about D10's I am wondering if this might be a sign of a loose/dirty connection on the board somewhere.

Any educated guesses? I am searching out local techs who might be able to service it, but would like to know more before simply dropping it off at a local shop.

Thank you in advance for any help the group might be able to provide.


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Re: Roland D50 Drifting Out Of Tune

Post by blueknob » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:58 am

Some time ago I got fooled by something similar. It turned out to be the pitch wheel pot was showing it age.

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Re: Roland D50 Drifting Out Of Tune

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:48 am

Try setting the bend range to 0 on a few patches and see if they stay in tune. That will confirm whether it's the bender.
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