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Roland JW-50 Music Workstation

Roland JW-50 Music Workstation

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SKU:
RJW50-1
Condition:
Used
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Roland JW-50 Music Workstation
Near Mint Condition

About This Keyboard

This Roland JW-50 is excellent working and cosmetic condition. Everything is working exactly as it should and there are no broken or chipped keys. You'd have to look VERY hard to find any scratches on the keyboard so we're calling it near mint.

The JW-50 General

  • The JW-50 appeared in the early 90's and was an expensive and physically large workstation. Apart from the infamous 128 GM (General MIDI) sounds and drumkits, there were also MT-32 sounds to be found in the variations. While editing was limited to the common eight GM parameters, these MT-32 sounds saved the day a bit and offered the user a broader sound palette to work with. Effects were simple-reverb or delay, and chorus or flanger. The sequencer was actually very good. Creating a song was as easy as selecting a MIDI channel, selecting an instrument, hit the record button and go. Afterwards, the usual sequencer features could be applied, like quantizing and transpose. It was also possible to change or create notes and other events in the microscope editor. While the overview was not as vast as on a computer with a large monitor, the display on the JW-50 was reasonable and microscope editing was not at all bad.

    This microscope editor also allowed users to alter sounds using NRPN events, and individual drums from the drumkits could be transposed offering slightly different yet interesting sounds. Common things to do were lowering the pitch of the tambourine for that metallic clang and increasing the pitch of the power snare for that typical high pitched JV-80 snare. For die hard tweakers, the JW-50 certainly offered something useful in its day. 

SOUND SOURCE SECTION

MAXIMUM POLYPHONY:
24 Voices

EFFECTS:
Reverb, Chorus

TONES:
Preset Tones: 128
User Tones: 128
GS Tones – Capital: 128, Variation: 61, MT-32: 128

DRUM SETS:
9 + SFX Set(1)

SEQUENCER SECTION

INTERNAL MEMORY:
Note Capacity: approx. 46,000 notes
Song Length: 999 measures
Songs: 8
Music Styles: 30 x 3
Preset Chord Changes: 30 x 3
User Chord Changes: 50
Block: 10 (A to J)
Chain Load Setting: 1

DISK:
Note Capacity: approx. 80,000 notes
Songs: max.: 50 (JW-50 Song Data), 99 (Standard MIDI File)
User Tone Sets: max. 99
Backing Sets: max. 99
Chain Load Setting: 1

TRACKS:
Track 1 to 16
Tempo Track
Beat rack
* It is possible to record performance data on MIDI Channels that 
correspond to the Track Numbers (1 to 16)

RESOLUTION:
120 clocks / quarter note

TEMPO:
20 to 240

TIME SIGNATURE:
1 / 2 to 32 / 2, 1 / 4 to 32 / 4, 1 / 8 to 32 / 8, 1 / 16 to 32 / 
16

RECORDING METHOD:
Realtime / Step / Backing

HARDWARE

KEYBOARD:
61 Keys (with Velocity and Channel Aftertouch)

DISK DRIVE:
3.5 inch Micro Floppy Disk Drive (2DD)

DISPLAY:
64 x 240 dots (backlit LCD)

CONNECTORS:
Headphone Jack (Stereo)
Output Jacks (L (MONO),R)
MIDI Connectors (In, Out, Thru)
Pedal Switch
Pedal Hold Jack
External Control Jack
AC Adaptor Jack

POWER SUPPLY:
DC 9V :AC Adaptor

CURRENT DRAW:
1.2 A

DIMENSIONS:
997 (W) x 377 (D) x 115 (H) mm
39 – 1 / 4 (W) x 14 – 7 / 8 (D) x 4 – 9 / 16 (H) inches

WEIGHT:
7.5 kg / 16 lbs 9 oz (Except AC Adaptor)

It is important to remember that when buying a used keyboard it may not operate or look exactly like a new one. Used keyboards develop wear over time that can cause such items as function buttons, knobs, sliders etc. to fail to operate as smoothly or easily as when they were new. Our technician does check these items and if they are deemed unusable they are replaced but some function buttons may require more pressure or manipulation to make the appropriate changes. Cosmetically your used keyboard may have scuffs, scratches, cracks to plastic pieces, discolored keys or other visual impairments that might not show up in the photos. We try to mention any obvious visual imperfections but may not consider them serious enough to post in the listing.