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
Todd Smith
October 11, 2012 @ 7:57 am
Just dug my d20 out after 20 years... i have may unfinished sequences i would like to load into Logic Pro 9. Does anyone know how that can be done?

Thanks in advance :)
September 23, 2012 @ 7:23 am
Does anyone know how to reset it or something, cus the left side does not play the same sound as the right one... sorry for my bad english
June 11, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
Is the programmer worth having - i.e. does it make programming substantially easier?
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?
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
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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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