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
Albert Mészáros
December 20, 2011 @ 7:14 am
I have heard from many people that this is not a large number of synthesizers, but this is not true. Many months after mixing sound to say that rich, analog sound-producing nature. Fantastic bass! If you buy one, you will not regret it. Roland D20, D110 is the best choice for any music playing. Listen to demo D110 from Nostalgia.
Albert Mészáros
December 20, 2011 @ 7:12 am
Three-piece D20 synthesizer and now there is one. This is a great synthesizer, which many people do not know. Is extremely easy to manage. Terribly hot, beautiful sounds can be created with it. Impressive as the arithmetic audio oscillator is mixed with the PCM samples, you can create great sounds with it. No expansion card to be added, but you put floppy disks, sculpt, and went on his own 64 hangszíneidet, music.
August 15, 2011 @ 7:21 pm
Sorry, I should have mentioned the Split at C4 on all patches is what you would experience if the board is Factory Initialized, or a dead battery on power up. Another indication is that the internal (i)Tone bank has been replaced with group (a) tones. You can check that in Multi Mode. Thankfully the battery is easily replaced, it is a CR2032. Clicks into holder. Instructions are easily found on the web. There are a lot of screws to remove but not so bad as other boards requiring unsoldering and such.
August 15, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
The internal memory battery has expired. Hopefully you have a memory card or sound disk about. Until you replace the battery, this will be what you experience upon powering up.
August 14, 2011 @ 5:53 am
After a 10 year break I've dusted off my D20 for a one off gig. I remember all the A and B bank of sounds to be across the whole of the keyboard ie one sound per bank number.
However, now all of the sounds are split at C4 and I can't find some of the sounds I used to have.
Can anyone help here please?
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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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