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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Daniel Polwarth
November 18, 2008 @ 3:29 am
Had a D110. Great for its day, but it suffered from poor polyphony with more complex patches. Good synthesis quality for its day. Onboard drums were respectable.

As I recall, the factory patches were not great - I bought an expansion card that had far better sounds on it than those that shipped. If you get one of these, see if you can dig up some of the expansion cards as they concentrate less on trying to emulate real-world instruments and more on getting the best 'synth' sound.

Generally, softsynths are a better bet than this. For enthusiasts only.
October 2, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
The only D10 con I find is the keyboard. Very light , plastic one. Really cheap. If you don't take care, just grazing the key next to what you are playing will make sound both.
September 15, 2008 @ 1:53 pm
I meant to say below "twice the polyphony," not "more than." That assumes you only use one partial per voice, which sounds pretty thin. It's also true that not all D-50 sounds can be had, since the D-10/D-110/D-20 architecture lacks a couple of LFOs for synth partials as well as no chorus or equalizer. But you can get pretty close and some of the signature sounds are identical.
September 15, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
Amazing to me that a D-10 is valued at only half or even 1/3 of what a D-20 is worth, when the sequencer and floppy-disk are the only differences. In a studio who would bother using either today (although the sequencer might have some value on stage)? The D-10/D-110/D-20 give you that rightly famous D-50 sound with more twice the polyphony and standard multimbrality (is that a word?). What's not to like? You can do some fair analog synth emulations too. I've had one since they were new (paid a darn sight more than $200!) and it's been highly reliable.
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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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