Roland U-20 / U-220

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The U-20 is nothing special. It is a digital synthesizer that uses ROM samples of pianos, brass, strings, bass, drums, etc. However it is built for professional use and is truly a quality instrument, even though its sounds may seem like dated-eighties synth pop cheese. It's got nice piano sounds, but they're not the real thing.

The U-20 features 6 part multitimbrality with a 7th drum part, plus 2 direct outputs and 2 stereo outputs. The 30 note polyphony helps if you take advantage of this synths multitimbrality for creating entire performances and ensembles. Digital reverb, chorus and delay effects liven up your sounds. Editing is simple, but there are no filters. With several performance features, the U-20 has a full 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. There's an on-board arpeggiator, a chord-memory feature and the U-20 accepts Roland SNU-110 sound library cards. It has been used by Prodigy and Astral Projection.

Roland U-220 Image

The Roland U-220 (pictured above) is simply a rack-mount version of the U-20. It has all the same sounds and features packaged in a compact single-space sound module.

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Valentine
March 25, 2014 @ 2:45 am
Don't throw away your U-20 Brian. Replace the internal backup battery and reload the factory (sysex) data via midi.

More info: http://www.midiox.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=query;action=display;num=136735 8932

I am looking for that alternative manual that was written by Dan Walker for this synth but I can't find it anywhere..
Brian
March 16, 2014 @ 4:01 pm
I have the original owners manual and another easier book that I will send to whoever needs them. All I ask is Shipping. I owned mine for four years, it just died on me last week. Nothing but garbage from display, but a great keyboard before.
Rohan Walker
September 18, 2013 @ 1:11 am
yes, I think that my setup is almost as old as me :-)
I have several Roland U220s and am running them under Logic 5 on a pc (yes i need to get a life)
I have searched High and low for any environment screen which will address the internal dynamics of the u220. has anyone seen any free pre-made environments addressing these synths? (or any other roland synths for that matter... eg. d550, s550 etc. - Much obliged.
keyboardologist
September 10, 2013 @ 9:34 am
Hello, I have a D70 which takes 2 PCM cards like these on the U-20. I have recently purchased the "SN-U110-04 Electric Grand & Clavi", could you recommend me another one please? I'm more in rock and jazz genres...
nativ
September 5, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
raj, I believe I read something about the factory reset condition of this / u110 units. when resetting the channels are assigned from midi channel 2, which would cause silence as in your case perhaps?
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 30 voices
  • Oscillators - 4MB ROM samples
  • Multitimbral - 6 parts + 1 drum part
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - Reverb, Delay, Chorus; arpeggiator
  • Memory - 64 patches, expandable to 128 with external RAM card
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (w/ velocity & aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1989

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