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 you are 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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Pierre
May 21, 2012 @ 9:47 am
I do own the PG-10

Last year I was lucky enough to get one of these for £50. I definitely needed the manual and had to download it (a whopping 250 pages or so). The sound is clean, loud and can be quite warm. I would like to get the programmer pg10 but have never seen it on offer; can anyone help out?
thx
April 4, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
this synth rocks.
got one of this 4 months ago.
good clean and loud sounds and very easy to program IMHO.
multitimbral mode is cool if you use a hardware sequencer like the MPC (you can use 8 timbres at the same time controlled by midi channels 1-8 - ch.8 is the drum kit).
i haven't read all the manual that came with the synth (only a few pages in my first language) but i think it is not hard to play something good on it or program a new patch from scratch to create some weird sounds.
the keys are velocity sensitive.
sorry for my poor english :P
David Schwertschall
April 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am
Hi Mark
I don't now about PG-10, but you can try software editor from Avtandil.
mark
March 26, 2012 @ 10:25 pm
Last year I was lucky enough to get one of these for £50. I definitely needed the manual and had to download it (a whopping 250 pages or so). The sound is clean, loud and can be quite warm. I would like to get the programmer pg10 but have never seen it on offer; can anyone help out?
David Schwertschall
March 26, 2012 @ 5:21 am
D-20 is excelent synth for me. Great sound, good sequencer and rhythm machine. Workstation of the years around 1990. (Sorry for my english).
 
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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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