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
February 10, 2013 @ 8:47 pm
@looneytoonmusic. You are correct, I misspoke about the PWM. But since it is only modulatable by velocity and not, specifically, by an LFO, it can't vary the pulse width during a note, which is what makes PWM so sonically interesting. To your other point about layering up to 32 partials, this is indeed a wonderful advantage of the D-5/10/20/110 over the D-50. But it doesn't quite make up for each partial having only one LFO, which has only one waveform (triangle) and which is applicable only to pitch. The D-50's 3 multi-waveform LFO's can be also be applied to filter, PWM and amplitude.
Jepi Eberiro
January 30, 2013 @ 8:25 pm
Roland D-110 is a cheapest way to learn hardware synthesizer programing and also to get 64 custom craziest and unexpectable patches just like that! Check out this demo, if you still think to buy one, or not.
January 26, 2013 @ 11:11 am
Love my D-10! Just takes some patience to get rich, full sounds out of it (apparently some Alpha Juno lovers are impatient).
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...
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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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