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
June 9, 2011 @ 1:15 am
Awkward little synth here in the sence that it never had any sort of true warmth to it at all... Also, its contemporaries surpassed it with more realistic sounds to be sure! Even the overlayed new age M1 kicked its butt in and rubbed dirt in its face! YIKES!!! I remember it having some not so glorious Jupiter 8 samples on it too... You only got a trace of Jupiter 8 unfortunately with no punch whatsoever... Oh, lets just put it this way... If the ship was sinking (and rolands certainly started to by this time) It would undoubtedly be the first thing I would look to throw overboard!!! :p
June 5, 2011 @ 12:00 am
"Nothing Special" are you guys for real? Must be a Moog luver.

I totally agree with you fred "Great piano, amazing strings especially"

I'd never part with it, i've used it in almost every production I've ever done.
April 15, 2011 @ 6:31 am
Go to and download the factory sysexfile and dump it into your U20 via MIDI.
Geeva Naidoo
April 12, 2011 @ 6:35 am
U-20 Good keyboard with brilliant strings effects
Lost all my sounds, how can I retriew?
March 26, 2011 @ 6:37 pm
Great piano, amazing strings especially if you have the card. Latin percussion card is essential, I leave it in all the time.

Key contacts got intermittent.

There's a flexible printed circuit plastic strip that serves as a contact strip under the keyboard. It connects to another printed ribbon cable. That connection was extremely easy to damage when removing cable from the base metal.
Replacement is improved w extra PCB.

It is $120 U.S. for strip and rubber contacts.

Removing battery or pcb's loses all the sounds! Back them up first via Midi or to a RAM card!!
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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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