Synth Site: Roland: D-110 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Tom Knox a part-time user from Germany writes:
Great synth. But I only use the Synth-Bass-Sounds. I´m going to try to dump some sounds I´ve found on the web, because the original presets are poor.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-17-2000 at 14:33
Rocco Flores Oneto a professional user from Peru writes:
The D-110 in my opinion is a transition sytnh. It's hybrid design makes it unique. Linear Arithmethic Synthesis sounds very complex and ideed these modules were sort of parameter madness. Filters sounds very warm but rather thin. Samples as useful as a ZX Spectrum. I programmed it with Steingberg's SynthWorks for Atari which make me aware of the real potential of this real cheap module. Phase cancelation on bass sounds was an incredible bug, I noticed it on 3 of these machines. For Electronic music it can provide in my opinion very original sounds. Acoustic instruments are useless, and drums too. But once again I find SoftSynths like Rebirth, RubberDuck and Reality a wiser alternative to this charming huge black boxes.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-10-1999 at 03:36
the-fatman a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I picked one up for $50 mainly because it was too cheap not to. I had no idea what it would sound like, but was very pleasntly surprised indeed. It is highly capable of some wonderful techno style sounds and is a fairly good analogue emulator. The "real" sounds are totally shit.

There is a program floating around (i found it via the links page here, bur cannot remember which link it was) that allows you to edit it on a PC as opposed to the 2x16LCD screen. Although still difficult, it is much better. The best thing is the 2000 or so voices that are bundled with it. These should keep you busy for a while.

On the downside, editing I've already covered and they're fairly noisy. On the up, they are 8 voice multitimbral with a ninth rhythm too, each of which can have a separate out. bad news is the partials structure, which would limit you to just one or two notes if you use the full complement of voices.

These are turning up more and more frequently these days and as such can be found much more cheaply. I doubt I'll ever part with mine though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-02-1999 at 17:57
Pekka Martikainen a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I have had this module since it was released. It's strength is dirty analog sounds, great for techno etc. It can also do great synth basses (I have also a Minimoog so I know where to compare), although I have had sometimes problems with phase cancelling. It's quite noisy. The PCM samples are only 8-bit. Generally the sound is dull and harsh. Great for dirty analog and weird sounds. I have even managed to get out a funny distortion guitar (from harpsichord wave) and "applause" sound from it, and many other effects.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-14-1999 at 06:21
Joe a part-timer user from USA writes:
This machine has great wierd synth sounds. Just by layering the presets you can get really thick lead, pad and bass sounds. The pre-set organs are great. The acoustic pianos are weak, but real sounds are boring anyway. The solo and pad strings are good. Programming it is a pain right now, but I've only had it a few days and haven't had the time to get into it. If anyone can recommend or pass on a good editor I would appereaciate it greatly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-28-1999 at 02:56
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