Roland D-20

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The D-20 makes a great budget or alternative D-50. It's more closely related to the D-10 and D-110 synthesizers but adds an 8-voice sequencer with a rhythm track. The D-20 is a digital synth that employs linear arithmetic synthesis (LAS). It's 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. Reverb effects and internal / external memory storage are also available on the D-20. Definitely worth a listen.

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79 Visitor comments
September 27, 2008 @ 11:12 am
I too have had my D20 for about 20 years it is still brilliant. I also have a problem with the floppy disk drive not reading my disks so am waiting with breath held to see of anyone comes up with the answer.

What about the memory cards M256d could you record sequencer information to this or only sounds and rhythm sounds?

If I got a replacement floppy disk that uses HD floppy's do you think that it would work? Could do with a system to save and read the saved information onto a more modern memory card SD type or even better a USB flashdrive.
September 2, 2008 @ 8:52 am
I have owned my D-20 for about 20 years. It was my first synth and I love it. I had to purchase a book written by a D-20 expert about how to use it (the manual was worthless - translated form japanese to bulgarian to yiddish...) but What a Keyboard! I still use it. QUESTION - Does anyone know what do to if the floppy disk writer/reader fails?
Let me know
August 20, 2008 @ 11:38 pm
I had a D-20 from 1994 to 1998 and I worked a lot on it. It sounded terrific but u had to master it. Came back on music on - about 2004 - and things has changed. Computer rulz now! ;-) (I also have a vintage Casio SK-1... anyone?? lol)
August 15, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
This D-20 and D-50 is definately the predecessor of the JV-series. The menues and the array of parameters are very similar. Furthermore it can produce some very beefy and interesting sound (if you put you skills to the test) ranging form Yamaha DX to analog textures. With ist performance mode you can stack or split two 4 partial sound for live performance. By stacking sounds in this mode it can produce beautifully mighty sounds.
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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 preset patches, 64 user patches 128 performances
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1988

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