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 9, 2014 @ 3:35 am
love mine to bits and love some of its sounds but less so the pcm factory banks, enjoy sending the same midi track twice to phase it as well
found this link interesting as to the d110's capabilities. although its related to the d10 it has more in common with the d50 apparently, definitely not just a rack version of the d10 imo
December 8, 2013 @ 10:34 pm
Just to clarify, the D-10, D-110 and D-20 are all identical in terms of the synthesis capabilities. So the D-10 and D-110 can do all the sounds in the video I linked to. They merely lack the D-20's sequencer (the D-10 replacing it with a pattern sequencer intended to be used as a drum machine).
December 8, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Here is a video with some amazing D-20 sounds that show what the board is capable of:
September 28, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
Programming is not straightforward, but is very useful, since it uses the same principle as on Roland's later JV/XV modules, probably Fantoms, too. With careful programming you can get astonishing synthesis results, depending only on your imagination!!! I.e., wonderful digital and analog sounding pads that cannot be generated on any other synth within this price range. Don't expect to to recreate acoustic instruments with this one! It is a top class sounding synth still, after all these years, and if you are on a budget or not, get it at least as a spare treasure. You won't regret it,
September 13, 2013 @ 9:09 am
I don't think the keyboard versions have fared that well through time, but the D110 was, and is, a pretty useful source of sounds. Once you use the multi outs, and insert FX, you can coax some wicked sounds from the synth, and the PCM samples are OK as well, if short. I used to use Steinberg Synthworks D110 on an Atari to edit, and convert D50 patches, with good results. I remember playing one in a local music store in 1988 and being terribly impressed, but time moves on.
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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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