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
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.
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.
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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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