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.

Lookup Roland U-20 / U-220 Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics


Are you looking to buy or sell a Roland U-20 / U-220? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

63 Visitor comments
erik berg
June 9, 2012 @ 4:18 am
I will try to get m Roland u 220 connect MIDI to my Roland Discover 5. But have to find the way to connect this two brijant instruments ???? For reason I don't know anything about MIDI..
June 9, 2012 @ 3:48 am
To solve the problem of strange characters when you replace the battery:

Here you have the original presets.
I hope that helps. It has the instructions into the zip file.

To know your version: sionGuide.pdf
June 6, 2012 @ 11:48 am
@ barry ... Were you able to fix the garbage problem... i have the exact same problem and it also happened when i replace my Roland U 20's battery.... any help anyone.......

May 17, 2012 @ 12:51 am
My impression is that the U20 have the same feeling of the JD990.The JV/XP/XV series are not a good sound i think
May 10, 2012 @ 9:32 am
I have Roland U-220. Is possible create backup of internal instruments? (4MB PCM samples stored in RAM?) My internal battery has 10 year old, (indicates 2,9V) and i need replace it...

(sorry for my bad english.. :-)) ....)
VSE Rating

It’s Good

User Rating

Rated 3.46 (374 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.