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
Sebastian
February 24, 2009 @ 8:02 am
Hi Rico,

there's no SCSI port on it. You must consider, this is a very old keyboard. I bought my S-10 in 1986! My QD also don't work anymore, seems they don't live very long. What do you hear when you put a QD in its drive? There should some kind of "Reading sounds".
Rico
February 6, 2009 @ 6:59 am
I just bought an S-10..and honestly, although I got it at a fair price (but very heavy on shipment cost) I have no idea on whether the QD will work or not, or whether I can find QD disks if the drive works...

So many questions going on in my head right now...is there any SCSI port on it? Can I load samples through my computer? Man, I am such in an anxiety state of mind right now, any comment will be most appreciated on this issue, please...

(frankly, I think I just bought a 'vegetable'..I am scared to death right now..but I believe it will serve well as a controller)

Please help...
the goat
October 16, 2008 @ 10:43 am
I bought this within a month of it coming into the shops. A perfect package - affordable, great editing facility on the sampler, and while the quality/spec is naff by today's standards, it did very well for what I needed. The QD floppies were slow and small, but with a little practice, I was able to use them on stage without trouble.
Possibly the nicest keyboard I every owned, for feel and playability.
Could never quite get why the S-50 didn't have the arpeggiator, and whether this was a trade off against them using the better quality disk storage on the S-10.
Being able to load four sounds at once, layered, played in sequence, or just a better quality sound across the keyboard was great.
ohausfranswa
October 9, 2008 @ 10:21 am
i have this keyboard, not my first, but is one of my favorites. got it in 1996, heavy duty machine. though the sampler is a tube fuse (easily replaced when overloaded) and the QD drives are fixable (if you find the right tech from roland. QD cards (120 qd cards) you can overlay / upload some cards together to create a duel tone; these cards are marked which area of the keyboard the notes (samples) are assigned to(a/b, c/d). load a disk a/b of one instrument and a disk c/d of another, it overlays the instuments some times with duel tone (one follows the other. they must be loaded in order a,b,c,d; this machine being midi gives it a chance to survive the digital revolution. i often use it with a D110 rack unit , quicker to change sounds, check it out myspace/ohausfranswa
andoni
September 21, 2008 @ 11:20 am
Out dated miles by todays means. Great feel and weight. Ideal for controller if bought at the right price. It's trigger in facility works a jam in sync to my TR-606. DUM-DUM-CLAP- "Time to jack" . Thats the stuff we're talking.
 
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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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