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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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levi vasquez a professional user from United kingdom writes:
I just had to add my bit for the roland S-10. I've given the Roland S-10 a 5! The S-10 has a special place in my life as it was the first proper Sampler I ever had a chance use back in 1989. It was the bizz, I never cared about it's specifications, all I knew that it worked for me! To this date when I listen back to music, I wonder on how creative and fun it was using a 4-track, reverb and an Elesis HR-16 was. It opened my eyes to later invest in a Roland W-30, and lately to a Korg Triton. With all this new found wealth in Workstation power, I still lack that 'spark' that limited technology gave! I still have some S-10 and W-30 sound samples on my Triton. It feels wiered playing the sounds back on the Triton, somehow I feel as if I've betrayed my old freinds! ha ha VIVA!! Hey, are there any sites where I can download proper WAV or AIFF files to use on my samper, and not stupid FX or Minor keys! Any decent Major key samples available, maybe Kurzweil stuff??

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-31-2003 at 19:56
skimrok a part-time user from uk writes:
yeah the s10 is still cool to play with now cause its easy for small samples and its really easy to use!!!! ive had mine for about 10 years and its still in my studio!!! GO ON THE OLDDOG!! STILL DOES THE BUSINESS 4 ME!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-09-2002 at 18:53
Nomad a professional user from USA writes:
Roland S-10...Great little board! Easy to use,sounds good,easy to repair (seldom needed) and the QD Drive is a piece of cake. Most that goes wrong with the 2.8" QD Drive is the belt and that's not often and takes about 20-30 minutes to replace.I have 100's of new belts here for them and repair the Drives also. As to the disks,Smith-Cororna has thousands of them (and so do I,mostly Roland's) I think Roland did a great job with this board. It allowed everyone afford to enjoy Sampling at it's price and did a decent job of it (cake to use too) and it's built like a Tank! Yes,it's very limited but who cares! It does what it what designed to do,sounds good and you still have money for dinner. I have many of them in the studio and make alot of use of them. I use other boards for gigs but use a Roland S-220 with my live setup just to get those sounds Sampled from the S-10. The S-10 Sampled my Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 6 (which I won't carry to a gig) and did a fine job. Well anyways,give it a break! The S-10 does just what Roland intended it to do. I have Samplers here in the studio that cost 15 times what the S-10 did (and they are great) but find myself mostly going to a S-10 for the quick sample and there it's done now let's go and record it. Also,for those of you that hate that chezzy 2.8" QD Drive,send them to me I will buy it from you. It's my view that Mitsumi never made a bad drive.Limited yes,but I'm in no hurry. I work better in limited space. Time,well that is something I have alot of. 32k or 32gb makes no difference to me,I still get that sound I am after.

posted Friday-Oct-04-2002 at 09:07
Rowan Pope a part-time user from Adelaide South Australia writes:
I rate the S10 5 partly due to the price, (it was given to me, so price being free :) and also because some of the Roland Sample QD's for it actually sound very good. When i recieved mine the QD drive did not work. I pulled it apart, and the belt had perished due to age. This is something to remember. Most of the dead QD drives out there are probably just the belt gone, or a dirty head. If it's the belt, replace with something similar size, and turn the motor spindle by hand before replacing the drive, to check it turns the disk spindle. Do NOT use rubber bands, but proper drive belts. I used the wrong one, from an old tape recorder, but roughly the right size, it worked fine. Take it to an electronics shop if you like. Now, normally belts are very specific, however because QuickDisk drives use the one belt for both the head actuator and to rotate the disk through gearing, they keep each other in sync. Easy. If it still dosen't work, use a cotton bud to gently clean the read/write head using metholated spirits. (meths evaporates afterward, very handy) wait 10 mins, then try the drive on a not too important disk. Also, S10 manager is free software availible online to let you load sounds in via the PC. Nearly the entire roland library is availible for download on line. Have fun :) Now, it has 4x32kb banks, each about a second each. These can be conbined, for example a 4 second 128kb bank. It can loop samples, and sampling can be started from the sustain pedal (handy) It works, it does it's job, it's very basic but great as a second keyboard or for something different. S10 manager software free for PC can import a WAV file and send it via midi into the S10... handy. If you have any questions, email me! Enjoy :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-12-2002 at 05:59
Dave a professional user from Canada writes:
I bought it new in 1987. At the time it was an affordable way to get into some sampling. Roland had alot of cool sound libraries for it, the strings and choirs alone were worth it. At the time you could not get a decent choir sound from ANY synth, except a sampler, and they cost a fortune then. It had only 128 of memory and it used 2.8 QD disks, which were kind of cool actually and small. It sampled at 12 BITS (not 8 like some moron claimed elsehere here) for 4 seconds or so, (ajdustable sampling rate as well) then it looped. Editing was done right on board via the data wheel, very easy. My experience with it was very good, the drive never broke, I had it for maybe 7 years. It is certainly out-dated and by todays standards pretty useless, unless you like having old gear and you can get one for 50 bucks....along the same lines a W30 from the same era is probably going to be more fun cause of the built in sequencer, but even that one has very limited memory.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-21-2002 at 04:12
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