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
Aaron
April 19, 2010 @ 11:35 pm
I bought this wondering what a 'Linear Arithmetic Synthesizer' was, and after 20 minutes thought, 'oh.' It's basically a very primitive and thin virtual analog - but quite warm and 80's sounding, which I like. And you can get much more interesting sounds by doing something stupid like ringmod + banjo...

I came to love it. My only complaint is that patching is a pain, but then I discovered the PG-10 programmer on eBay. This site doesn't mention that it exists.
Bryan
April 12, 2010 @ 8:00 am
This great little synthesizer excels the D-50 in two aspects: It is multi-timbral and has multiple outputs. This gives you the capability of fat, layered sounds with multiple external effect-processing.

I has a great sounding, resonant digital filter!

The drawback compared with the D-50 is that PWM can only be modulated by velocity.
Charles
February 23, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
It uses a CR2032 3 Volt lithium battery. Found in PC motherboards and some RF car keys. Can be found in electronics stores and occupationally supermarkets.

Sysexes can be found here.
http: / /www.synthzone.com/midi/roland/d10/

There's a number of interesting sets of patches, but the only original set that worked for me is in D20_SYX.zip - the patches are the same. There's some good stuff in the BOI and BOCM sets but they will replace everything so have fun cherry picking the good stuff back out.
mkearn
February 13, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
is it worth trying to bring one of these back to life? what kind of battery does it use and where might i find an os/sysex file? would i load it using a usb midi thingy or can i load it onto a floppy and use an old micro composer to get it on there?
Digi Fan
January 14, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
D-10 was my first board, bought it when first came out. Nice to hear that mp3 of the old demo again. Allway's dreamed of owning a D-50. Miss my ol D-10 an wish i never sold it.
 
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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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