Roland S-10

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The Roland S-10 is a very limited consumer-grade keyboard sampler. Its sampling specs are limited to a 12-bit, 30kHz sample-rate. With only 256k of internal memory spread over 4 banks (64k per bank) you get a maximum sample time of 4.4 seconds (1.1 seconds per bank). That's hardly enough for any serious music production. Samples can be stored and loaded on a built-in 2.8" floppy disk system called the Quick Disk drive (which isn't very quick by today's standards). Fortunately the 4 sample banks translate to 4-part multitimbrality in which the 4 banks can be played simultaneously, split and layered across the keyboard and so on.

Roland has created some nice libraries for the S-10 which are on disk. If you find yourself looking for a very cheap sampling keyboard for general fun and use, make sure you get these sample libraries with the S-10. To create your own samples, although the S-10 has its limits, sampling is pretty easy and was designed for any novice to intermediate player. 30kHz or 15kHz sampling is available, and the S-10 has a pretty good auto-loop feature. The 12-bit resolution and 30-15kHz sample-rates mean lo-fi quality (which you might find desirable). Further edit parameters include sample trimming, looping, reverse, tuning, envelope editing, filtering, velocity effects and hi-pass or low-pass filtering. All this editing is achieved by assigning the parameters to a dial or wheel just like the Alpha Juno series.

The MKS-100 is a rackmount version of the S-10, but the S-220 is an upgraded and enhanced rackmount version of the S-10 / MKS-100 that appeared in 1987. Both the S-10, MKS-100 and S-220 make ideal entry-level instruments for anyone interested in keyboard samplers. The S-10 has been used by D:ream.

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36 Visitor comments
Raf
October 6, 2013 @ 2:19 pm
I ment 20 years ago !!
Raf
October 6, 2013 @ 2:18 pm
I have a S-10 that I've used 2 years ago (or more).
Is in perfect chape and with lots of disks (recorded with other sounds)
I have also a professional flight-case for this instrument.

What is this still worth ?
I live in Belgium. Someone interested (mail me : ongenaraf@hotmail.com)
Trediggy
March 3, 2013 @ 7:06 am
Looks as if it does take a special plug end of sorts (they got them on ebay for about 7 bucks) or do like I'm gonna do and replace the jack in the synth with a more common 3 pong jack, because I will lose the cord lol
Whitley
March 1, 2013 @ 9:34 pm
Can anyone tell me if the s10 needs a special adapter for power, if not then what is the polarity of the prongs? I cannot seem to find an adapter that will fit this.

Thanks,
Whitley
tom
February 15, 2013 @ 10:14 am
Had one of these around 1988. Quite limied, but not without charm, and it had a good, full sound. Nice design too. Too bad about the disk drive that tends to fail, and the rare 2.8 inch disks - many of these machines are probably scrapped these days because of this.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit, 30kHz
  • Multitimbral - 4-parts
  • Memory - 256k, 4.4 seconds total sample time
  • Filter - Hi-pass, Low-pass filters
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator
  • Keyboard - 49 Keys (w/ velocity)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986

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