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
March 1, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
I have a D-110 in my setup since - 1991 - I think. It sounds good but it's horrible to program. Now I bought a PG-10 and I hope it will be easyer. The sound is the only reason I still have this synth in my setup - but it's the same with all the Roland Synthesizers of that time. Good sound but a nightmare to program. Tones, Partials - bla.bla.bubb - This is not funny.
March 1, 2012 @ 7:58 am
I bought a D10 a few years ago for £50, I ended up taking it down the tip along with a rom card of bass sounds.
Then I bought a D110 for the same amount of money (now why did I do that and what a waste throwing the rom card away), I guess something intrigued me about it or more likely that it's so cheap and I thought I would have another go with it.
I switched it on last night (one has to have the patience of a rock to program via the units interface) and managed to get quite a fat bass.
It's so cheap, it's probably worth a punt and you will learn from it eventually.
Casimir's Blake
February 23, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
Without wishing to start a "slanging match" Tim, I take issue with your offensive comment regarding programming. I've programmed many effective sounds with a Nova, KS, various Junos, and Waldorf's Q, Pulse and XT.

The simple fact of the matter is, the D-10 has an awkward interface that isn't fun to operate, quite opposed to being immediate, and hardly engages one's creativity in either a studio or live context.

An Alpha Juno has a solid, powerful sawtooth wave that can be easily shaped into tons of useable sounds. A D-10 requires MANY layered for a vaguely similar result. Why bother?
February 22, 2012 @ 1:57 am
Yes the menu system [beep] s - but with midiquest or other software the editing is child's play.

I have NO issues of notes cutting off like you say, and I use this synth every day now with Ableton Live 8 and Cubase 5. I think maybe your software is set up wrong. In any case I'm sure your d-10 will find an appreciative home....
February 22, 2012 @ 1:57 am
Why is a problem to layer partials? the d-10 has more than enough polyphony.

I have made thick bass sounds using 4 partials that work in a live situation - really fat.
same with pad sounds. maybe you need to learn to program better. i say that because no one that really knows how to work with synths would sell a d-10 for 30 pounds.
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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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