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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Chuck
May 20, 2011 @ 1:11 pm
Your video demo is actually the *D*-110, not the *U*-110. The D-110 was based on the D-50's synth engine and sounds quite a bit different.

The U-110 is basically a small handful of S-50 sounds fixed into ROM. Nothing worth getting. The U-220 is worthwhile for about $100 as it has the U-110 ROM plus a couple cards worth of sounds, more FX and much better patches. Still no filter. YOu need a D-70 for that.
Shane McMinn
April 18, 2011 @ 4:17 am
I have one of these with 3 of of the extra SN-110 sound cards that I picked up secondhand for about $25 but I just can't figure out how you'd play the sounds off the extra cards and not just the internal presets...help!
Joe S
April 6, 2011 @ 9:18 am
I think they make for a classic bit of gear, and for the price are amazing value

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190520386306&s sPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_949
Komenscek
March 31, 2011 @ 6:10 am
Then came the U-20 and D-70 that had a nasty red glue that held a metal plate underneath the keys. This glue was melting over time and al the buttons began to fail and not play anymore, technicians from Roland never had the power to fix, every time he moved around three months after the problem came back and glue stuck to the keyboard again, so I lost all my money. While I'm alive, do not buy anymore ROLAND. If you search on the net, you'll find these sounds for free.
Komenscek
March 31, 2011 @ 6:09 am
When It appears, we didn´t have a good piano in keyboards, the sax was amazing, but, but, nobody lies to the human ears for long time. After months the piano, sax, strings and cards sounds there was an unbearable noise behind the bad samples.
 
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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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