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
September 11, 2012 @ 10:39 am
This is a much better unit than most have indicated. I have 14 of the 15 add-on cards, and they add much flexibility to the unit. The architecture is a bit convoluted, but not bad. The much-criticized noise is very minor, and lost in a mix. When put in a system with a D-110, 6 midi channels can come from this U-110 rompler and 9 midi channels from the D-110 linear arithmatic synth. This leaves one midi channel for the live keyboard, giving you sample and synthesis and massive multiple outputs from only three units. As cheaply as they come these days, do give it a try.
July 1, 2012 @ 4:50 pm
Ive had mine for the last 6 years got an electric guitar card, a latin percussion & fx card and synthesizer card for it... ive done fare amount of tweaking on it and the sounds keep on rolling ...... very well satisfied with it.... i believe in "a bad worker blames their tools"... i for that matter get a lot out of my u110
March 9, 2012 @ 11:14 am
If you can find one really, really cheap, this does have some nice strings, but it seems hard to justify spending a 1U rackspace on it these days. Still, some still use it, and it's a cute little box, noise 'n all.
March 1, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
I re-bought a U-110 ! Some years ago I had two of them and sold them again, because I wanted something new. Now I bought one again. Just to have back these really nice strings. The strings of the U-110 are not bad, but if can get try 'Orchestral Strings' and 'Super Strings' - these cards really make this module a killer-string-machine. And it is the cheapest way to get really good sounding strings.
December 4, 2011 @ 3:10 pm
I bought one 50€ with 4 cards
30 € for two more cards
now I have a six outputs expander
cheaper is impossible
the drum sounds are great on the 'rock drums' card
I'm very satisfied of the rythm parts I get with it
one slice one instrument
good fun
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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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