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Average rating: 2.9 out of 5
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Craig Rodmell a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
I own two of the things.

GOOD STUFF: Three sounds stand out: Piano (for live band work); Strings (for everything); Finger bass 1.

I have yet to find a piano sound as good for live work as is in this thing - and I'm VERY fussy about piano sounds. When I went from playing in a four-piece to playing in a two-piece, my first U-110 got commandeered to play bass and drum parts from my sequencer. (I like the fatness in the drum sounds, though they're not stereo, and there could be more of them; and Finger Bass 1 is my standard for bass.) I replaced it with a much more up-to-date unit for actually playing, but very quickly found that it's piano sound just had NOTHING on the U-110. So when another one came on the local second hand market, I snapped it up - a move I have never regretted.

Another stand-out feature that I haven't found anywhere else is that pitch bend is assigned at the Patch level. That means that any sound can have any pitch bend level at any time. Want a bass sound with a 12-semitone bend range instead of just two? Easy - just change patch to one set up with the same sound assigned to 12 semitones!! SO USEFUL have I found this that I think it should be standard in EVERY module!!!

NOT-SO-GOOD STUFF: The buttons on the front are crap, and there's only 6 of them, and that has to do for all functions, making the interface a bit of a cumbersome affair.

All sounds are mono, and sometimes hiss can be a nuisance. Other than the sounds mentioned above, most are average or below.

Will someone please tell Roland that when they make samples, the player of the instrument being sampled should on NO ACCOUNT use vibrato!! Yuch!! However (and this could be said for the rest of my gear as well) there are very few sounds that are too bad to be useful somewhere.

Manual is the usual cryptic unhelpful document Roland users have had to endure.

OVERALL: Very good at the basics. I use my two as my principal workhorses. Fancier stuff is done by my other gear.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-13-2002 at 00:58
Anthony a hobbyist user from Nottingham writes:
I love the U110...had one from new and didnt use it much until I collected the pcm cards, especially acoustic guitar and electric guitar cards. I also have 3 proteus modules and an M1R but still find the U110 has the most useable samples. Anyone who doesn't want their U110 please let me know!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-20-2001 at 18:55
Michael Smith a part-time user from USA writes:
I just picked up a U-110 in a pawn shop for almost nothing. ANybody know where I can get some PCM Sound cards. Looking for some old analog synth sounds and some Bass sounds and Percussions.

posted Saturday-Jan-20-2001 at 13:45
lloyd a part-time user from USA writes:
Have U220 and looking for sound card SH-110-01 pipe organ voices. Thanks...Lloyd

posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 12:33
Rocco Flores Oneto a professional user from Peru writes:
Well. The U-110 was released more than 10 years ago. It was Roland's first 100% sample based synth and so it was presented as "PCM Sound Module". I bought mine second hand 6 years ago, after having fun with modules such as D-110, TX-81Z, VZ-10M. People is still impressed with it's strings, Choirs and some noisy pianos. Drawbacks: 1- No dynamic voice allocation. 2- No GM GS. 3- No reverb, No filters. No synth section AT ALL !!! Ony LFOs, Attack, Release and Pitch. Very dissappointing... 4- Noisy all the time... You'll laugh if you use the (Hiss)Chorus...

I don't sell mine because noboby wants it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-10-1999 at 03:03
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