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
December 21, 2011 @ 7:23 am
I wouldn't pay more than £50 for one. And that's if you really really want it.The interface is a nightmare to work with. And if you want that 80's ditial synth sound prehaps better with the d-10 keyboard, or one of the yamaha dx synths, which i've found more easier to program than this. It has muilty out puts though, which is good for drums, if you like doing your mixing via a big mixing board. But don't expect a fun exciting snyth. Better trying for a emu, or newer roland jv 1080 if you want a flexible module. Also make sure the machine's setting are not messed up, it has no factory restore
October 29, 2011 @ 10:13 am
i bought this new in 1985/86 i think for an amount of us$ that i've mercifully forgotten. i got pretty much discouraged with synthesizers due to this thing it pissed me off that much; still i did not sell it. i even used the first versions of midiquest (dos!) but it was just impossible to get my head around.

i dug it back out recently and now i have to say it's a monster.
combine it with a programmer or midiquest and you can make some heavy sounds really fast. it's not a virus, but that's why there's, well viruses ;-)

highly underated synth and a gem if you know what you are doing.
October 25, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
The other trick was get a pad tone, turn partials 2/3/4 off, so you have a 32 voice tone, create 3 or more slight variations to LFO, TVA, TVF and pitch envelope, and assign across the 8 parts, you get a rich, lush 4 voice poly analog killer. Still worth hanging onto.
October 25, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
Still got mine - haven't used it for a while. Originally used it as a bread and butter multi-timbral module, but as I got more and more gear, it ended up become a mono-synth - I'd have the same patch across the eight parts, with panning/tuning variations. Think 32 oscillator mono-synth, with resonant filters - you get the idea. It was big, very big.
David Alvarez
July 9, 2011 @ 4:23 pm
The D-110 was the first rack mount synth I ever bought. I bought mine in 1988. Though it was a confusing to use at first, once I got the hang of it, it was pure delight. It was a real workhorse. I used it for years on stage triggered by 2 keyboard players and a MIDI filer that played sequences.
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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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