Roland D-10 / D-110

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Second generation D-50 style synthesis. The D-10 is a Digital Linear Arithmetic Synthesizer and the D-110 is its upgraded rackmount version. Capable of decent acoustic sounds and great new synth-type sounds the D-10/110 is a great and cheaper alternative to the popular D-50. It has a confusing synthesis / editing method composed of tones, partials and timbres. Basically it all boils down to tricky programming which, if you know what your doing, can have interesting and unique results. On-board drum sounds, reverb effects and internal / external memory storage are also a plus.

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The D-110 rackmount version adds 6 individual outputs, and the follow-up D-20 keyboard version adds an 8-track sequencer. Definitely worth a listen for any musician on a budget! It has been used by Suzanne Vega, Future Sound of London, and Information Society.

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Tertiumsquid
June 6, 2014 @ 3:25 am
I just picked up a D-10 for free from one of my customers! So far, the only problem I've found is that the battery was dead and one screw was missing.
dav
June 1, 2014 @ 8:34 am
I see now 50 series has not just PWM by LFO, but also amp & filter – in 3 assignable LFOs. Whereas 10 series can modulate only pitch by just 1 LFO. This is a big benefit of the 50 series, offering a lot to patches where modulation is desirable. Chorus is a similar advantage here.

Also, 50 series _can_ make 4-partial voices, by stacking two "Tones". But that makes it fully monotimbral. Whereas 10 series can do up to 8 different 4-partial voices ;)

Both families have own benefits. My post mostly came from how many people call the 10 series awful, when it's clearly not! Be nice to it ;)
dav
May 29, 2014 @ 2:44 pm
Not dissing D-50/550, but why does everyone harp on them being so superior to D-10/110/20/5?

The 10 family offer 4 partials per voice; the 50 family only 2. The 10 series are 9-part multitimbral, 50 family only 2. The D-110 even has 6 separate outputs!

Am I missing something? What do the 50 series have that's so special? 1 more LFO for PWM? A chorus FX? I'm not sure those outweight the 2 fewer partials + 7 fewer parts. If I've missed anything else that is genuinely superior to the 10 series, educate me! :-) I'm not looking for subjective comments about sound without evidence, though. ;-)
JP8
April 18, 2014 @ 7:26 am
The D110 goes real cheap on the second hand market these days. For that reason I bought me a second unit (I've had my first unit for more than 20 years now). Linked together - same sounds, same midi channel - with a bit of detuning, they really sound big! Why getting one if you can have two for very little money? ;-) The go from €25,- and up. Don't hesitate to get one if you have the chance. Great machine with huge sonic possibilities. Love it!
Zm-Art
February 9, 2014 @ 5:10 am
should of added the d50 is a better spec and sounds a touch cleaner and brighter (a reason I like to phase the d110) and the 1 lfo instead of the 3 it's lacks some of the vibrancy. but the sound creation is in the same ballpark and post processing you can compensate for these differences too make little difference for the most part , especially with classA anologue gear it does a worthwhile job. one for the studio
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - Digital LAS (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) & ROM Samples
  • Effects - 8 Effects
  • Multitimbral - 9 parts
  • Drums - 1 kit, 63 sounds
  • Memory - 128 internal & 128 external patches, 64 performances
  • Keyboard - 61 note with velocity sensitivity (D-10)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1988
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