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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101 Visitor comments
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!
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
February 9, 2014 @ 3:35 am
love mine to bits and love some of its sounds but less so the pcm factory banks, enjoy sending the same midi track twice to phase it as well
found this link interesting as to the d110's capabilities. although its related to the d10 it has more in common with the d50 apparently, definitely not just a rack version of the d10 imo
December 8, 2013 @ 10:34 pm
Just to clarify, the D-10, D-110 and D-20 are all identical in terms of the synthesis capabilities. So the D-10 and D-110 can do all the sounds in the video I linked to. They merely lack the D-20's sequencer (the D-10 replacing it with a pattern sequencer intended to be used as a drum machine).
December 8, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Here is a video with some amazing D-20 sounds that show what the board is capable of:
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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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