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
August 21, 2013 @ 5:01 pm
Got a chance to use one of these at the local music store. It's not very good; it essentially *is* an MT-32 in a keyboard. I think the PCM samples might be a little higher-quality (and I think some of them are different,) but other than that it sounds exactly the same, right down to the low-level noise created by leaving the lowest DAC bit floating. Don't get me wrong, I have some fondness for the MT-32 sound with old adventure games, but it's nothing worth bothering with as a semi-pro synthesizer, certainly not at a price higher than the $30-50 you can get an MT-32 for.
Mark Pigott
June 18, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
I have the Roland D-5 as well as the D-110, I noticed the audio levels are quite low on the D-110 at "5" volume between the 2, even though I ported to the sale patch to both.

Tougher to program than the D-5
R Bell Music
June 10, 2013 @ 7:58 am
we had a D5 at school (which in fairness is as close as), and i recall writing my GCSE composition pieces on it for submission to the board examiners! it was dreadful. truly dreadful and not even some half decent outboard could save it. i have few fond memories of using it.
it would suit my 5 year old perfectly right now and for education purposes, possibly punishment too.
May 26, 2013 @ 10:56 am
The sounds were OK, if not polluted with a lot of noise. Always the hissing sound made me sell it.
May 9, 2013 @ 2:44 pm
Still got mine in my setup. It is used very seldom, and than even mostly for just one patch. But still, exactly then I need my D-110 and I get the feeling, that exactly this specific sound could only be done by the old Roland. I am shure to keep it with me for the next 100 years.

Not shure if I would buy one today, really. But throwing it away for just a few bugs will never be a question.
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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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