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
Andy Crystal
June 23, 2010 @ 6:56 am
Roland D110 is one of the most underrated synths in the late 80s! Many people say they dislike it only by judging the rom demos which can hardly be copared to what you can actually come up with using the advanced paramenters of this module. Yes, you must know your way through complex editing... and that's the fun part of it. I've heard incredible sounds made with this synth and I am a proud owner.
Andy Crystal
June 6, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
It sounds great! You can program it thru Midiquest XL if you don't have a pg programmer
May 9, 2010 @ 4:26 am
I own a D5 (= D10 minus effects), bought new in 1991. It was my very first synth and a very bad choice if you are a beginner or want to learn about sound synthesis.

The D5/D10/D110/D20 is a very digital sounding synth and very difficult and confusing to program if you don't own the PG-10 programmer unit. Nevertheless it has its own distinctive sound and can produce quite interesting sounds if programmed right.

The PG-10 programmer uses SysEx commands and can apparently be replaced by a MIDI controller like the Behringer BCR2000 to program the D5/D10/D110/D20.

The D5/D10/D110/D20 are known to encounter button trigger problems after a while.
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.
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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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