ROLAND RA 50
SIMPLY THE BEST
THE ROLAND RA-50. a midi module with auto arranger functions.
simpler version of he RA-90 Plugs into any Midi instrument via MIDI
cable, (or stand alone as a drum machine:) and works as a drum machine
which can also create bass lines and accompaniments when connected to an
With organ, piano ( 128 preset L/A synthesis sounds ).
variations of drum rhythms.
The RA-50 has eight MIDI configuration power-up modes.
By turning the
unit on while holding down the appropriate MIDI SET button, the RA-50
will automatically assign the proper MIDI functions for use with a midi
piano, guitar, keyboard, or accordion.
32 music styles.
Arranger Control: Start / Stop,
Intro / Ending, Break,
2 Sound Source Sections
LA Digital Synthesis ( 32 Partials, 13 Structures ),
30 Rhythm Tones,
Maximum 32 voices.
Digital Reverb: 8 Types ( Hall 1 / 2, Plate 1 / 2, Room 1 / 2, Delay 1 /
Tempo. Display: 16 Character x 2 lines backlit LCD
. Indicators: Switch x 19, Beat x 4, Midi Message x 1.
Ext. Pedal jacks x 3,
MIDI ( KBD ) In / Out, Output
Jacks x 2 ( L / Mono, R ),
DC in jack,
Power Supply: 9V DC ( when using supplied adaptor)
The Roland RA-50 gives you high quality synthesizer sounds, reverb
sounds, automatic accompaniment performance etc. resulting in a powerful
one man band system.
It features excellent functions and therefore can
be used by inexperienced and professional players.
'intelligent' Arranger section automatically produces a tasteful
accompaniment consisting of drums, bass, and other instruments ( such as
piano, percussion,and horns ) that is based on the chord you play and
the music style you choose.
32 preset music styles, which each feature
an additional variation, are provided. You can also choose between
'basic' or 'advanced' versions of these styles, giving you 128 ( 32
styles x 2 original / variation x 2 basic / advanced ) different
You can add other creative variations to an
arrangement using the fill in function which lets you switch smoothly
between a music style or its variation after a fill in pattern is
played. By pressing 'to original button', the style changes back to the
original style after another fill in is played. A break function lets
you stop the performance for a single measure to perform your own
fill-ins in real time.
To begin or complete your arrangements with a
professional touch you can use the RA-50's built-in intro and ending
functions. 'Chord intelligence' function allows you to play full chords
with just one or two fingers. 'Chord hold' sustains a chord on the lower
'Sync start' lets you start the performance automatically when you
press a note.
Eight programmable user programs are provided for creating
your own customized combinations of parameters for use with different
songs or arrangements. Each user program stores settings for upper and
lower tones, music styles, tempo, level balance, effects and other
functions, and can be accessed instantly by pressing a single button at
any time during a performance.
The RA-50 also provides a 'melody
intelligence' function which creates block chords for accompaniment
based on the melody and bass note.
Additional styles are available on
Roland's optional library of Music Style cards ( TN-SC1 and TN-SC2 series).