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
January 2, 2011 @ 1:08 am
I bought 2 of these plus the programmer. I never use them. the programmer doesn't have a backlite. I saw a video of a guy who was using two of them as a GM module. If you get a line mixer you can get an effects loop going with them as well. I'm going to try that sometime.
December 29, 2010 @ 9:14 am
Angel, you have to push the "INT/CARD" button to access "I" sounds.
Andy Crystal
December 1, 2010 @ 5:57 am
@Silanda. The problem w/ d110's polyphony is that if you don't choose which PCM partials to use accordingly to the sound you want it takes only 4 keys pressed to run out of voices. D550 is bitimbral THAT's why it preserves the polyphony. It only has two layer: a PCM short sound and a sustained sound mostly. D110 has 215 kb internal memory for PCMs against 128kb in the d550. Roland thought that making the d110 could be a step forward in LA synthesis BUT the difficulty in programming it make people turn away from it. Which is great! Cuz it costs less than a d550 and I get the same sounds out of it (oh yeah programming it is very tedious BTW)
November 20, 2010 @ 6:08 am
Can someone send me or tell me where to find the internal tunes of Roland D10. I mean those starting with "i". I find "a" and "b" banks but not "i", and in performance mode, some patches are built using the internal ones
October 22, 2010 @ 8:24 pm
Nitro: If only it were so. The D-110's sound is nowhere near is impressive as the D-50's although it can make pretty decent attempts at some of its big brother's famous sounds (e.g. Pizzagogo). Also you can layer more than one tone together to produce fat sounds, but at the cost of polyphony. Not a bad little box but although it's multitimbral I wouldn't produce entire tracks with it. With each tone using up to four notes, it's 32 note polyphony disappears fast. It's a good, cheap intro to LA synthesis IMHO.
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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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