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Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface  

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Overview
  • Easy to use and powerful: Based on SONAR 8.5
  • Record up to 32 audio tracks/64 MIDI tracks
  • Supports up to 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
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    $499.00
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Provides 1,125 total sounds with up to 128 voice polyphony, GM2, GS, 3 Solo Tones, built-in DSP, and more.

The Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Interface is ideal for a wide range of users. Musicians and educators looking for a great, general purpose sound source, karaoke and bar DJs, hobbyists and non-musicians who need portable MP3 and SMF playback, and any musician who needs instrument accompaniment for live sets will love the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas. Use the Roland interface as your go-to sound source, no matter what style of music you are performing or producing.

The result of over 30 years of Roland synthesizer and sound module development, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas provides 1,125 total sounds with up to 128 voice polyphony, including GM2, GS and 3 of Roland's hyper-realistic Solo Tones, including Shakuhachi flute, violin, and trombone, as well as 32 drum sets. Roland Mobile Studio Canvas also has built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering.

An Audio and MIDI Interface
Furthering its offering as a complete solution for music production, the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas is also a high-quality audio and MIDI interface for Mac and Windows. Capture your ideas with 2-in/2-out performance at 24-bit/44.1kHz audio quality. Plug your phantom-powered mics into the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas's XLR inputs to record vocals and other instruments, or plug into the Hi-Z input to get superior sound when recording electric guitar or bass. Plus, with V-Link support, you can add a whole new dimension to your productions through integration with V-Link compatible video hardware.

Versatile File Playback Options
Leave the computer at home and playback your backing tracks or music on the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas. Simply load standard MIDI files or MP3/WAV/AIFF audio onto a USB Memory Drive, plug it in to the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas's USB port, then hit play—it's that easy. Enhanced Transport Controls give you the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and much more. The Mobile Studio Canvas also includes a Play List editor for Mac and Windows.

A Studio or Sound Playback on the Go
The compact and portable Roland Mobile Studio Canvas offers the versatility of 3 power supply options, so you can have your music anywhere you want it. Plug into any laptop or netbook for USB bus power, power the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas from 6 AA batteries, or use the included AC Adaptor.

A Complete Studio
Roland Mobile Studio Canvas includes SONAR LE music production software for Windows. SONAR LE provides easy tools to record, edit, and mix your music. The Roland Mobile Studio Canvas also makes a perfect sound module and audio interface for a wide variety of software on Mac or PC including Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, or SONAR.

Features
  • Easy to use and powerful: Based on SONAR 8.5
  • Record up to 32 audio tracks/64 MIDI tracks
  • Supports up to 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
  • Edit and mix with arrange window, virtual mixing console, piano roll, staff view and more
  • Use up to 24 simultaneous effects
  • Includes 10 studio-quality audio effects to mix your music
  • Use up to 8 simultaneous virtual instruments with easy integration via Synth Rack
  • Includes 2 virtual instruments to supplement the Mobile Studio Canvas sound set
  • Add additional effects and instruments with VST/VSTi support
  • Active Controller Technology automatically maps MIDI keyboards and control surfaces to the parameters you need most on effects, instruments, volume, pan, and other mix elements
  • Create backing tracks with support for ACID-format loops
  • Expand your studio with ReWire support for Live, Reason, and others
  • Supports Windows 7 and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), as and Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Includes:
  • Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module & Audio/MIDI Interface
  • SONAR LE & Hardware Drivers DVD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • AC adaptor and power cord
  • USB Cable
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Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Internal Sounds:
  • Preset Sounds: 1,125 Tones (GM2/GS compatable sounds are included)
  • Rhythm Sets: 32
  • Roland Solotones: Shakuhachi, Trombone, Violin
  • User Memory: 3 Studio Sets
  • Effects: Chorus, Reverb, Mastering
  • Audio Interface:
  • (Audio Input/Output Channels)
  • Input: 1 stereo pair (MIC, GUITAR: Monaural/LINE: Stereo
  • Output: 1 stereo pair
  • Signal Processing:
  • USB Audio: 16-bit/24-bit
  • AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit
  • Sampling Frequency:
  • USB Audio: 44.1kHz
  • AD/DA Conversion: 44.1kHz
  • Nominal Input Level:
  • (Input Jack (MIC/LINE/LINE(L))
  • Mic: -50 to -30dBu
  • Guitar: -30 to -10dBu
  • Line: -30 to +4dBu
  • Nominal Output Level: Output Jacks: 0dBu
  • SMF/Audio File Player:
  • Standard MIDI File Format: 0/1
  • Audio File Format: WAV, AIFF, MP3
  • Display: 122 x 32 dot LCD display
  • Jacks and Connectors:
  • MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
  • Input jack (Stereo Mini)
  • Output jacks (Stereo RCA-PIN)
  • Headphone jack (Stereo Mini)
  • MIC Input jack (XLR, phantom power available)
  • MIC/Guitar Input jack (1/4 inch phone, Hi-Z available)
  • USB Connectors:
  • COMPUTER (supports USB 2.0 Full-Speed USB MIDI and USB Audio)
  • MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
  • Power Supply:
  • DC 9V (AC Adaptor)
  • Battery (AAx6, ALKALINE or Ni-MH)
  • USB Bus power available
  • Current Draw:
  • Bus power: 500 mA
  • AC Adaptor, Battery: 400 mA
  • Battery Life* (continuous use):
  • Ni-MH: approximately 4 hours
  • Alkaline: approximately 3 hours
  • *differs depending on conditions of use
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 177.6mm x 256.7mm x 72.1mm, 7" x 10-1/8" x 2-7/8"
  • Weight: 0.8kg / 1lb. 13oz. (excluding batteries)
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RolandMobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small and Portable with Great Potential

By Experienced Level User

from Georgia

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Great Layering Features
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Needs More Than 3 Solos

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

This is probably one of the great new pieces of hardware added to my set. The SD-50 is lightweight and is made of plastic enclosure. That took nothing away from the great sounding features of this device. I like that it can fit easily in my M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 Bag Auxillary Compartment. The added availability of Bus power or DC is great. I do wish they would have at least shipped 3ft DIN midi cables with the product. Also Roland should update the Software from Sonar X1 LE to Sonar X2 LE at least for Windows 8 consideration. I don't use it as an interface at this point. It works right out the box with simple midi sound module capabilities. The great thing I like is the ability to layer the sounds using my Axiom Pro 49 in real time performance mode. I am looking into possibly powering the unit with my Asus Tablet and mix down the files to my DP-004 where all I have to do is just sync with the tablet to transfer the files. I do have a 128gb portable jump drive to save the files to, but that's only when I save to Wave files. SMF is a cool feature. I like that it is already setup with putting the percussion track on Channel 10 out the box. This thing is packed with features and potential. Just wish that it was in a metal housing. Hopefully that will be in the next upgrade version. Stock sounds are normal but the layering makes this a great on stage performance piece of hardware.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RR

By R R

from Northeast

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

I like it. The audio/midi driver for windows 7 works flawlessly. 128 polyphony is nice, it's small and lightweight. The GM2 sounds have two banks classic and contemporary. I use mostly the contemporary sounds they sound richer to me. Are they the best sounds ever? no, but to me they're useful enough so I can mix midi songs quickly and easily and the bounce them to audio in a reliable way. I use Sonar audio software for all MIDI and digital audio recording and editing, Dell Studio laptop with win7.
The Mobile Studio Canvas has tons of features. Recoding interface, Sound Module, Midi interface, inputs for guitar, mic and mp3 players.
The quality is good, plastic but well contructed.
It's really quite a good value for all the different things you can do with it.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

First Impressions of the SD-50 (and a bit about the Roland Quad-Capture)

By Clare Nichols

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

See the "Features" section comments. For what I use the SD-50 for, it will be a fine replacement of my SC-88vl.
I just purchased the SD-50 to be able to continue using midi files in my home music recording set up. I have been using an Edirol SC-88vl Sound Canvas in combination with an Aardvark Direct Pro Q10 audio interface for years. I am not a keyboard player, so I used the SC-88vl only to convert good midi tracks from songs into audio (wav) tracks. Then I would manipulate them using various Cakewalk Sonar versions.

I reached my computer capacity (speed, Ram, etc etc) and also decided to upgrade to Sonar X1. In order to get the state of the art computer I needed to go with Windows 7 (or Mac, of course). Unfortunately, Edirol (Roland) has chosen NOT to write a driver for the SC-88vl for Windows 7, so I sought out another midi module.

I have compared the SD-50 with the SC-88vl on my old desktop. I think the SD-50 is better than the SC-88vl. I particularly think the bass, strings, and drums sound more realistic on the SD-50. The piano sound is a wash. Both modules create good piano sound with a slight edge to the old module.

The SD-50 can double as an audio interface as well. I tried it and it does work, although I don't believe the audio sound is as good as my old Aardvark. It's a shame Aardvark went out of business because it is a great piece of equipment. There is just NOT a Windows 7 driver out there that I am aware of.

There is a way to patch a better audio interface thru the SD-50 so that you can hear audio and midi playing at the same time. It is the single stereo "line in" input on the back of the SD-50.

So, I purchased a Roland Quad-Capture to try out. That's another story. I think the Quad-Capture is good, but I wish I could still use my Aardvark. One thing about it is it doesn't have as much potential "output" volume using the knob as compared to the Aardvark. It does well recording into Sonar X1 without as many worries of peaking and distorting as compared to the Aardvark, however. That's a real plus.
Not as sturdy as the SC-88vl. Plastic box versus steel SC-88vl, but I don't use it for gigs like I used to with the SC-88vl.
You probably would have to spend much more for equivalent sounds on a unit that would be larger in size. I am not aware of any other compact device that produces adequate midi sounds.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not recomended for midi backing tracks

By Pete-I0nAH

from Wind Gap Pa.

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

I bought this thing for midi file backing tracks so as to eliminate the use of my laptop. When I tried using it, I found that it added unwanted reverb. This effect is a default setting which can be changed only temperarly. When you advance to the next midi file it goes right back to the default setting and you get reverb.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for Soloist

By Jacob-A-iXf

from South Jesery

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

I'd like to echo the comments of the 1st reviewer. I'm a saxophonist who does gigs with tracks from my laptop. When I went to Win7 I could use Roland VSC anymore and couldn't find any softsynth that I liked. I'm glad I waited for the SD50 instead of the Ketron. You get so much more bang for your buck. There's no comparison. I can set up the SD50 to be a backup device in case my laptop goes down. I use midi files and Band in a Box (BIAB). Now I can BIAB mp3's if necessary, I also love the 3 way power, usb/batt/AC. Like the 1st reviewer, I prefer the classic sounds too. I've been using the SD50 on gigs for 2 months with no problems. My only problem is finding the right software to play my midi files. Still searching for what works best for me.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Roland SD-50

By Madmusiclimited

from New England

Comments about Roland Mobile Studio Canvas Sound Module and Audio Interface:

I perform as a solo guitarist with MIDI backing tracks, and I have had the SD50 for about one month. I bought it to replace my SD35 that I had been using for about fifteen years. So far the machine has done well for the last six gigs, although it did lock up once, but I turned the device off/on and reset it very quickly. The USB port is a great feature, as it can be pulled out and easily plugged into a computer to tweak and add MIDI files, and nowadays memory is cheap! I prefer the classic mode for the sound module, and I did have to tweak most of my MIDI files as some instrument sound levels were different?? The sounds are sufficient for what I do, it queue's up quickly, and is very quiet. The software was intuitive, and I was up and running in no time. I also like that I can play back mp3 files as well, as I do have some backing tracks in that format. The power switch could be more rugged, and not too crazy about the RCA outputs, seems the box could be a little more rugged, but I do have it mounted in a foam lined case, time will tell. For me, I could not wait for this product to come out, it is perfect for what i do, surprised it took fifteen years to finally replace the SD35?madmusiclimited

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