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
June 17, 2012 @ 6:31 pm
The D-110 is a really useful module, multiple outs, competent synth engine, up to 64 voices (with overflow). I used to use it as a multi-timbral module, and as I got more gear, reduced it to 1 part - but stacked the parts to create some killer bass and lead sounds, 32 oscillators in unison is hard to beat. It does reward some playing around with, it's not an instant gratification synth. Oh yeah, turn off the internal effects. Don't bother with the PCM partials, the synth partials are sweet.
June 8, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
No its not a full LA synth, but with the right EQ and effects it can sound just like it's big brother the D-50, and with the prices as cheap as they are (I recently grabbed a beat up D-10 for $50 as a restore job), go ahead and buy two or three of them and just layer them together - then it will be the D-50 that sounds thin and lifeless....
May 29, 2012 @ 8:34 am
Would it be possible to replace the display? Would REALLY love a white-on-blue display.
Anyone have experience with that?
April 23, 2012 @ 2:13 am
The previous owner of my D-110 busted the shaft off the volume potentiometer. Found a replacement pot that works: Bourns PTD902-2015K-A503
Still need a replacement volume knob, though.
It looks like the original pot had a knurled split shaft, like the replacement. A JV series knob looks like the right size, but is for a D shaft, so it won't work.
March 9, 2012 @ 9:06 am
A cheap way into the D-series sound, it failed to impress me, but will surely yield good results to anyone willing to put in the time to wrestle with its rather obtuse interface. Still a good synth, just not very desirable any more (and when it was, the D20 walked all over it).
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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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