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
February 14, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Can the D10/110 load patchs from the D50/550 series? thanks for the answer ;-)
February 11, 2013 @ 8:13 am
@alen You are right about the PWM differences but I personally have never really seen PWM as the strongpoint of a 50... that said there is still a lot of fun and great sounds to be had with the later D's, especially with a PG-10 or a programable midi controller, and the prices just can't be beat these days, I just picked up a D-110 for $20 from a guy who thought the presets sounded too "thin"... I guess synth programing is a dying art...
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).
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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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