Synth Site: Roland: D-110 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Ed Averill a part-timer user from USA writes:
Based on reviews from this site, I picked one up used for pretty cheap (under $150). I found a couple of places that sold patches for this box for cheap, go those too. Wicked! The D110, when properly processed (BBE 462 and some reverb) sounds pretty cool, very useful for bed tracks and such. As most say, don't bother with acoustic stuff, hack the patches and presets and make sick and wonderful noise! I'm using a freeware D110 editor to muck about with, and it makes life waay easier (no front-panel hell).

Beats the cost of a new synth any day...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-22-1999 at 17:08
Alan Dickson a hobbyist user from USA now, Scotland originally writes:
I've had a D-110 for a couple of years, but barely used it, because I ended up so frustrated every time I tried to do anything with it. The Operating system is a pure bitch. However, as part of my resolution to use what I have, and stop lusting after more gear, I recently spent most of my spare time for a couple of days really hacking at it, with some success. Here are some observations:

Unlike my first multi-timbral synth (TX81Z - a paragon of clarity by comparison), there is no single-sound mode on the D-110. To do this, you need to go into PART EDIT, and set the MIDI Channel of parts 2-R to OFF, and/or reduce their PARTIAL RESERVE to 0. Make the PARTIAL RESERVE of Part 1=4. Now, you've got one voice to play with, polyphony of 8. When editing your one voice, use PARTIAL MUTE to isolate components of the sound.

The biggest confusion about the D-110 may be the layers of a sound/multi-setup. The lowest is a TONE = the single voice described above. Next is TIMBRE, then PART, then PATCH. The trouble is there are only buttons for 3 of the 4 - to get to TONE EDIT, go TIMBRE-EDIT-EDIT. Also, you can only directly save 3 of the 4 - PART EDITs seem to be saved as part of PATCH save. Only TONEs and PATCHes seem to have names, too.

So, maybe there's a more efficient way of doing it, but what works for me: 1) - Set up the single-voice PART as above, edit the TONE and save it, with name. 2) - Edit TIMBRE and save it. 3) - Edit PATCH name and save it. If you want a multi-timbral PATCH, repeat the above for each different voice.

Despite the hassles, I'm really starting to appreciate this box (I need to tackle the Rhythm setups next). As others have observed, the samples are not great, it's a bit noisy, and it's obtuse. But you can get great noises out of it, with patience. I'd be happy to trade notes with others.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-13-1999 at 22:24
Robbie Thomas a professional user from Music Mecca Lou KY USA writes:
Paid $200US. This synth is the real "Bitch Goddess". I have managed some very strange sounds using the drum kits, and am using it mostly for industrial pads.

If you dig deep (and you will do some digging, Dirk) she will reward you, but if you keep digging you will die in a useless hell. Buy the PG10, and the manual, use a noise gate and don't spend more than a few hours a week programming it (unless you REALLY think there must be more).

Bottom line: it stays in my rack but I refuse to buy her dinner.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-29-1998 at 14:30
Mark Grocholski a professional user from USA writes:
I love this module! It's hell to program without an editor but

you can make some great sounds with this thing. Cheap too! You

can get one for $100(US) if you look hard enough.


Analog=very good

Whacky Wierd Stuff=wonderful

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Bjoern Giesler a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Although this is a somewhat limited module, I like it very much. The things I

like best are the resonant filters (though not self-oscillating), ring

modulator, the built-in effects (delay &amp; hall), and the fact that it's CHEAP!

Goes for around $175 in the US. Cons are that the filter works only on the

&quot;synth&quot; waveforms, is not modulatable except by velocity, and the ROM samples

aren't that great. On overall, it sounds pretty good though (nice bottom end),

so it's very good for bread-and-butter synth-ish stuff, seq sounds, and even

some nice leads due to ring mod. The limitations in modulation can be overcome

due to the VERY good and fast sysex implementation. I've got one and consider

buying a second.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
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