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.

Roland D-110 Image

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
Casimir's Blake
February 18, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

The D-10 / D-110 supposedly has real analogue oscillators, using the "S" synth partials. Trouble is, you will need to layer a LOT of them to get anything vaguely beefy out of it. And the button presses required number in the hundreds.

Finally, the D-10 is not suitable as a master keyboard. On key release, it sends "wrong" note-off messages of some sort: playing VSTs e.g. Kontakt in a DAW results in regular cut-off notes. There might be workarounds though.

Oh and the buttons stop working.

If you're in the South UK you can seriously have mine for £30. I don't want it!
Casimir's Blake
February 18, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
I have one of these. I paid about £30 for it. Unless you want bread and butter sounds, that's about all it's worth. Factory sounds are are thoroughly early-90s digital tones that cannot match the relative thickness of a D-50.

It took me about half an hour to work out the menu system, it's somewhat convoluted but manageable. There are lots of parameters that one can edit, the 8-part multitimbral mode is as powerful in that regard as you can expect. The polyphony is such that those 8 parts could allow for large single sounds if one wanted.

A shame then, that it sounds so WEAK.
tim from below
February 15, 2012 @ 1:42 pm
here it is:
tim from below
February 15, 2012 @ 1:40 pm
Hold down WRITE/COPY and ENTER while powering up.
if that does not work you lost all your internal patches.
there is a website somewhere that tells you how to put them back on with sys.ex.

google roland d-10 sys.ex internal patches for example.

good luck!
February 12, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
I have a D-10 and I replaced the battery. The first time I turned it on, the LCD display had its normal startup screen, showed the accoustic piano 1-1 and then the display went to all solid blocks.

I can turn it on and off, but nothing but the blocks. No combinations with the top buttons initiate the diagnostics nor anything else.

I have all the patches I could find on the net but how do I get the keyboard to dowload the information if I can't get the LCD screen to provide any feedback?

Anyone else seen this before?
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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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