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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104 Visitor comments
Marco Silver
January 22, 2013 @ 5:52 pm
Does any one know how to restore a d10 to factory settings?
January 6, 2013 @ 1:40 am
I never will understand why people hate on the later "D" synths.. Yes the D-50 is a very nice board (I will never sell mine), but even the lowly D-5 can sound amazing if the person using it would simply take the time to learn what it can do. So, to get a thick sound out of the D-10 takes all eight partials with plenty of effects and EQ (and cuts the polyphony down to 4 voices)... in today's world of multitracked computer based DAW's who cares? When I need 128 voices at once I turn to my Motif, when I want a special sound I look at my D-10, or K1, or Mirage, they just can't be imitated...
November 23, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
FYI, the best track I've ever heard done _only_ with a D-10/110/20 family synth (it was in fact a D-20):

The author describes here ( that this is recorded straight from the D-20's stereo output. Very impressive.
Casimir's Blake
November 14, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

Yes I am quite aware of that, it being analogue was the reason I acquired an A.Juno in the first place. I was not and am not comparing the sound of the AJ and the D-10 by saying the former is infinitely easier to PROGRAM (even when just using the alpha dial) than the latter.

The D-10 requires a huge amount of work to achieve good, let alone interesting, sounds. The AJ does not. Having spent more time with my D-10 I am still convinced it isn't worth the hassle, but with extreme layering and FX it might be "moderately capable." They're certainly cheap...
November 12, 2012 @ 3:52 pm
While the D50 easily does "fat" due to PWM and chorus, the D10 etc models can do fat too despite lacking both. You do chorus the hard way by layering multiple partials & voices, each nearly identical with slight differences in tuning, filtering & envelopes. Give partials different but very small pitch envelopes and vibrato amounts so that no pitch shifting is audible. Use the first segment of envelopes to give each partial a slightly different start delay. In the case of pitch this also delays the start of the vibrato because they are both implemented using the same hardware (cheeky bastards).
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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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