Roland D-05 Editor Now Available
by Chadwick Wood •
October 16th, 2017
Today, Patch Base 2.8.4 is available, and it adds an editor for the Roland D-05. You have access to all of the D-05's parameters, and you can import existing D-05 (or D-50, D-550) patches as well.
This update also includes a rewrite of the Nord Lead 2 and Nord Lead 2X editors, making them look a little cleaner, and fixing a few important bugs with them!
Why a Roland D-05 Editor?
Some people who are more intimately familiar with the D-05 and the D-50 have asked why I'm releasing a D-05 editor, when the D-50 editor works with the D-05? There is a couple of reasons why:
- Support. My approach with Patch Base is a "one synth, one editor" approach, meaning that even though some synthesizers have identical, or nearly identical, MIDI implementations as others, I plan to release a separate editor for each synth. I take this approach because sometimes there are small differences between synthesizers that can make supporting both of them in one editor a hassle. Also, this way adding new features to one editor later doesn't have to cause potential bugs with the other. It just keeps things simpler.
- To make it clear that Patch Base supports the D-05. Even though the D-50 editor will work with the D-05, the majority of people don't know this. Offering a D-05-specific editor makes this clear.
This approach is not about charging someone twice for the same thing. If you have the D-50 editor, feel free to use it with the D-05 editor! Just know that I'm not going to officially support that. Down the road, it might turn out that there are hidden features in the D-05, or Roland releases newer firmware that adds features, you never know. And I want to make it easy for me to add support for those changes, without affecting D-50 editor users. Thanks for your understanding!