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.

Roland D-110 Image

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
April 8, 2011 @ 5:21 pm
i need help my first 24notes arent working can you give me advice
March 1, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

The drums and most of the sampled waveforms sounded crap to me even as a 13 year old kid (this was my best mate's first synth), so just don't use them. We spent an entire summer using a Commodore Amiga for (sampled) 909 drums and the D-10 belting out some of the squelchiest acid beeps and blips you can imagine!

The saw wave is solid, the square wave is bright and hollow, the filter is made of rubber and the resonance can be driven to total distortion!

It's all over The Shamen's 'Entact' album.
February 16, 2011 @ 3:56 am
alan: The mode(WHOLE, DUAL or SPLIT) of keyboard is assigned to each patch. The "single-sound" mode on D10 is called “WHOLE” mode. In this mode, only the upper tone is applied to all the keyboards. Even if you choose the WHOLE mode for a certain patch, it doesn’t mean that the mode is applied to the other patches. When you edit a patch, you first choose a patch you want to edit, push “EDIT” button, and push the left cursor(←) button, and then comes “Key Mode” parameter. Move the VALUE slider and choose the mode you want.
February 4, 2011 @ 5:47 pm
I have D-10 and I cannot get the Split Keyboard mode to change to single. I tried the user manual and had no luck. Should't it switch on with single sound on and not split? I really like this synth. Does anybody know what to do. I even reset it to out of the box setting.
January 22, 2011 @ 12:13 am
Angel to access the "i" tones do the following:
In Performance mode, press "Edit", and select "Patch". Then press the display button until the "upper" or "lower" is displayed. The first character of the patch will be flashing "a", "b", or "i" depending on the patch. Use the "Value" buttons to change between "a", "b","r", or "i". After selecting "i", use the cursor button to move to the number (which should be flashing) and use the "value" buttons to select the internal tones. For Multi-Timbre do the same but select "Timbre" instead of patch. Hope that helps
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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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