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
January 26, 2013 @ 12:17 am
Just to correct some minor mis-conceptions about the later D-series synths, yes they do in fact have PWM (minus the LFO that the D-50 can use) and while they do not have multiple LFO's, what they can do that a D-50 cannot is layer partials, all 32 of them... simply change to multi mode, set every part to the same midi channel, and with a little bit of work you have a mono synth sound with a max of 32 unique partials for the 2nd gen. D synths, (vs. 4 max for a stock D-50)... As always it is just a matter of learning an insturment and what it is capable of doing...
January 25, 2013 @ 11:16 pm
Marco as far as I know the only way to load up the factory patches is by sysex, I don't have my D-10 set up at the moment but if I am remembering right if you hold down TUNE/FUNCTION and WRITE and turn the synth on that will wipe the memory but will not restore the factory patches... Also the D-10 can use sysex dumps from the D-5, D-110 (obviously lol), and the D-20 there are a bunch online just google for them...
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.
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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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