Synth Site: Korg: DL50 Synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Marc a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
The DL-50 is an excellent example of affordable string synth from 1979. It's much more capable than it is usually portrayed, and has delightfully warm fully analog, fully polyphonic (yes, ALL notes can be played at once) sound. It's not a Memorymoog, if that's what you're expecting... if you WANT a Memorymoog, you're going to pay MANY MANY times more than you will for the DL-50... but therein lies the DL-50's charm... you can find this thing dirt cheap, but it has a lot of great functions and a great sound... provided you're looking for an analog non-preset non-midi non-etc. synthesizer from 1979. Too many people judge it based on the computer consumer-based crap of today and find it wanting... which is a shame. It does have an oscillator section that is based upon divide-down technology, and while you CAN make it sound like a combo organ, the benefits you get synthesizer-wise are that it's FULLY POLYPHONIC... all notes can be played at once. (A Korg Triton can't do that) If you're looking for a fully analog polyphonic, BUY ONE OF THESE... it's not as filled with features as some of the more expensive analogs of that time, but you'll get a LOT more for your money than you expect.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-19-2002 at 23:14
herb legowitz a professional user from iceland writes:
i like it. its good for thin pads and disco stabs and stuff + i like the filter a lot. it's not a magnificent synth but fits well into the mix. i wouldn't want to be without it. paid $55 for it 2 years ago and if it would vanish into thin air i would dish out up to $200 for it. enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-05-1999 at 14:20
Scott Avid a professional user from San Francisco, USA writes:
I've owned the DL-50 for about two years now, and to honest, I haven't used the thing more than a couple times. The sounds are relatively flat, the an oscillator section similar to that of a cheesy organ of the 70's. I will admit, though, that the resonance and cutoff parameters have an excellent range and, if you mod the thing with a small screwdriver through the front panel, you can increase the range of the resonant filter to mad levels that shouldn't even be allowed through speakers. That's why I keep it. The string section is absolutely ridiculous.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
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