Roland U-110

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The U-110 is a basic rack-mount sound module consisting of acoustic-oriented PCM samples with preset settings, limited flexibility, and boring late eighties sounds. It's nothing to get excited about. It has 2MB of ROM-based sampled sounds, none of which sound great. The U-110 is fairly noisy as well. Its palette of sounds could be grossly expanded with up to four expansion cards, but good luck finding those today!

The U-110's biggest distinction, really, is that it was Roland's first totally digital sample-based synth. At the time, that was a break-through - look at all the realistic sounds you get in a single rack space MIDI module! Nowadays, it's hard to wonder why anybody would want one of these. The U-110 was available in a prototype form as the T-110. But the U-110 was soon replaced by the U-20 keyboard and U-220 module. Astral Projection used a U-110 before they switched to the U-220.

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28 Visitor comments
Ssss
February 27, 2011 @ 8:05 pm
The stereo strings setting rules! I use it all the time.
And the choir settings.

ps. The anti-aliasing is quite nice I reckon. Character and all that.
filo
August 8, 2010 @ 2:31 am
i have one here at the moment and that aliasing noise is RIDICULOUSLY loud! i just paid 35€ so i don't really care but this thing is a joke.
Randy
June 14, 2010 @ 8:55 pm
I bought one of these shortly after they came out. Listening to it through headphones, I found that the trailing envelope of many of the samples, especially piano, had very noticeable sampling aliasing noise on them. It was a very-annoying "buzz." I returned the unit to the store where I purchased it the next day for a refund. Perhaps it was just a bad unit, but I really don't think so.
mick
August 7, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
i bought my u-110 new back in 1990 and have been using ever since. I found it to be very reliable and the the sounds to be very authantic. My personal favorite sound is number 53,brass.Pity they never made a keyboard version.
mick
August 7, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
i bought my u-110 new back in 1990 and have been using ever since. I found it to be very reliable and the the sounds to be very authantic. My personal favorite sound is number 53,brass.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 31 voices (6-part multi-timbral)
  • Oscillators - 2MB ROM samples, expandable to 4MB
  • Multitimbral - 6 parts
  • Filter - None
  • Envelopes - Amp envelope attack/release can be edited, among the limited parameters.
  • Effects - 2 FX - chorus and auto-pan.
  • Memory - Expandable with PCM cards: Up to 4 cards can be used simultaneously.
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1988
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