Roland U-20 / U-220

Roland U-20 Image

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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63 Visitor comments
Synth Brain
February 12, 2011 @ 6:16 am
Although I repair, service and reprogram U-20s, here, in Canada, I can advise & teach patient keyboardists how to service their own. Shipping is too expensive these days! A properly working U-20 is right-sized, relevant, & a real joy to play. It has a clean sound and, if you have some of the cards or MIDI it, to a computer and/or other gear, it acquits itself, quite well, compared to current synths. I'd enjoy taking on Bill's U-20 (below)! If you've got a problem, just write me. SynthBrain2000 at • New life for retro & classic synths! •
February 10, 2011 @ 9:58 pm
Just picked up one of these used. I was hoping to get some a great bargain, but it really is in need of work - work I dont know how to do. Anyone looking for one for parts?
January 23, 2011 @ 6:57 am
Hi if any folks in the UK have problems with any synthesizer please send me a msg with the symptoms. I will quote you a rough repair cost I only charge a low hourly rate my repairs all come with a warranty and after care for your synth. I can service repair restore or mod your synth or any other Pro Audio Gear. Sam
January 14, 2011 @ 7:13 pm
...please for my the last post see previuos Mike VB post.
January 14, 2011 @ 7:08 pm
I had exactly the same problem with mine and it has been in the loft for several years in its case. I have thought about having it fixed for a while - do you know how much it would cost?

YES ME TOO.It's in the case since 4 years. Any solution please?
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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