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
April 30, 2010 @ 6:37 am
I've been using the D10 since the 80's, and still am. I love this machine, because it has some unique sounds. The standard sounds are quite right, but when tweaking is done you can get very interesting sounds. E-mail me if you want to xchange some. Another interesting thing is that, when you use a midi-editor, you can program an extra Level and Time in the Envelop, so 5 points instead of the 4 points mentioned in the manuals. I found this out when downloading the standard sounds into the editor. The use an extra point in the Envelop. This is because the D10/D20/D110 uses the same soundchip as the old MT32. Check the manual at the pages with the midi implementation, in the Partial Parameter table it says somewhere "dummy (for MT32)". It's no dummy, it can be used! But only via midi, not via the front panel. Have fun!
April 24, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
i bought this synth for 75 euro's, i love it. it is eazy to control and the sound is great.
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.
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.
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.
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There's a number of interesting sets of patches, but the only original set that worked for me is in - 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.
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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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