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
July 6, 2010 @ 6:32 am
Just thought i post this is a Vid of a song i did on the Rolands Sequencer to like prove how good it is or somthing lol
April 29, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
A very underrated keyboard in my opinion. I produced entire song productions on this keyboard back in the late 80's. I also paired this up with an Ensoniq EPS sampler keyboard and the two together were all I needed in the studio. The sequencer on the D-20 was easy to use and actually quite powerful. I only wished it had sampling capabilities at the time. That really would have put it over the edge. The sounds on it were great. It had very intuitive workflow overall.
April 12, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
My first ever synth its good and i agree with Izera it has some funky drum beats and good sounds the D50 is better but this is the great one if you have no money and you wanna something like a D50. if you get a couple of these and some D10s you could have a real blast XD
Izera Stephen
March 21, 2010 @ 9:03 am
Martin pretty much summed it up in the last post.
I do like the drum sounds and some of the drum patterns.
Try running any GM drum pattern in to its drum machine via midi and its a total blast from the past, even a modern beat will be transformed in to Duran Duran. LOL.
I think Roland could have beefed up the prests a little because it really does sound like a machine with a lot of potential but the prests at least are a little bit ho hum.
I think in the right hands it would be really good.
January 10, 2010 @ 7:08 am
I have 2 of these now... One working, one for spares, as CPU's have been known to fail on these. It's great for creating cheesy 80's pop sounds of yesteryear, and has some really interesting sounds. I've yet to touch the programming of it yet, but one thing I will say is, it makes me want to buy a D-50.

It's a cheap and cheerful workstation with some decent usable sounds, and believe me, people GIVE these away!. I paid £25 for the spares one.... but got the working one for free!. My friend has also lined one up for free! Ears to the ground!!!
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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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