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
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.
October 14, 2010 @ 9:42 pm
Isn't the d-110 like two d-50s together in a box? Only the d-50 is monotimbral and the d-110 is multitimbral. With two d-110s you have a a full 16 channel GM instrument. This one has ring modulation also.
October 13, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
if anyone has more info on how to set up a BCR or other controller to control the D-100 that would be great
September 25, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
My first synth was a D-5 (which is a D-10/D-110 without the effects section). It's the worst choice you can make when you're just starting to learn synthesis. The presets are really bad and ask to be changed, but this thing is very hard and frustrating to program.

Recently I finally got myself a PG-10 programmer, which made me rediscover the D-5 all over again. When properly programmed you can get some very lush pads and strings out of it. Instead of the (quite rare) PG-10 programmer, a modern MIDI controller like the Behringer BCR-2000 should be able to do the job.

The 32 voice polyphony however is rather limited since the richest sounds use all four partials (which is already one voice per partial). If you have a long release on your strings or pads, the notes will quickly be cut off when playing chords.
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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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