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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JB Lapree
September 11, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
One Great Synth. A workstation for its day. I was deeply into my D-20. You were only limited by its polyphony. You made your own rhythm patterns and sounds. You set each volume of every drum and cymbal in your pattern. You set the pan on each one. You could raise or lower the pitch of you drums and cymbals. You could extend the time your cymbals rang. You produced with this synth. You could fatten sounds by adding partials or de-tuning a partial. You could mix sounds together for new sounds. You could edit sections of a track. Then quantize and save it. This is a testimony to what I know this synthesizer is capable of doing. Some of the posts about this synth make me laugh. The Roland D-20. One hell of a synthesizer.
September 1, 2010 @ 8:22 am
Basic LA synth, i had one for a few years. Its a low cost D50 but it does sound ok. The synthesis is typical LA. it will not make fat sounds and the analog emulation is very old fashioned. The sequencer is very basic (no copy/editing/paste of sections of track). It records and deletes and thats about it!.
Any soft synth out shines this now sonically. but you have a synth and a bit of history.
At the time it was a poor man's Korg M1.
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
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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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