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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Dane a professional user from Almost NYC writes:
You have keyboard neurosis. You yearn after every synth in the world. You check the loot every week and attend every garage and yard sale. You end up looking very silly with a house full of unused keyboards. When the neurosis wears off you are stuck with the job of selling your ageing gear off. It was hot when you bought it. Now it looks dated and sad. The D20 is one of those synths. It is a life sentence. You will never be able to sell it how ever hard you try. Technology has wizzed by. The D20 looks, sounds and operates like a very old unwanted and unloved keyboard. It aint useless. Just stuff is soo much better nowadays. Stuff was also better 10 yrs ago. The D20 aint classic and dont sound as lush as the D50. It aint distinctive like the DX7. It just dont cut it in todays technology driven world. Buy something else. It will never satisfy your needs and is complicated to learn on.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 15:02
Gregger a professional user from huntington beach writes:
My first exposure to a 'Music Workstation' was The Roland D20. Wow! I knew it had a similiar voice architechure to the 'then' mighty D-50 so I pursuaded a girlfriend to help me buy one. I tore the shist' out of that thing! It was my first 'pro' board. I learned programming, sequencing, midi, etc. on this baby. 15 years later it still resides in my setup next to a Korg Triton, a Novation 'K' station, a Jupiter 6 and a plethera of dated synths (even a Prophet 5 Rev 3 that wont power up) I have become a keyboard junkie! I love to have all these old synths sitting around my place. Working or not. But truly the D-20 drew me into this craze almost a decade and a half ago!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-02-2003 at 21:38
Dr. Thomas Tuch from Leipzig, Germany writes:
I got mine about 6 years ago. After changing a lot of sounds and adding a memory card I really like this keyboard. Never use the sequencer but the layerd sounds are great.

If you have trouble with the keys: It is rather easy to remove the keyboard. Just clean the contacts under those gray contact pads (don't use solvent !!!) the keys are as good as new.

With layerd sounds you may run out of voices, so I bought a Soundblaster live (Don't install creatives own drivers), added Steinbergs V-Stack and Halion and use KX-Projects ( ASIO drivers....You can play it live at 5ms latency. I never run out of voices anymore.

posted Tuesday-Apr-22-2003 at 05:51
Melchy a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
Im looking back on this machine throught the mists of time. I have extremelly fond memories of the D20. In fact its the single reason why i ever took up playing keyboards, i found it hidden in a cupboard at school in 1989 - 1990. I taught myself to play on this machine, and the better i got at playing the more the machine inspired me to get better, i could play a few notes before hand badly having played around on a little home keyboard as most people had, but this machine just forced me to get better. I actually quite liked the sequencer having never used anything similar before, i became quite useful with it. The sounds themselves as i remember were pretty good for the time, especially if you were used to playing around with Casio home keyboards :) Its suprising just how good your finished piece of music could sound.

When i left school i pretty much stopped playing Keyboards, although i bought a D-5 as i couldnt afford the D20, it didnt inspire me in the same way, due to its lack of onboard effects it sounded weak and without the sequencer i couldnt do much.

Within the last year or so i decided to try and start playing again, so i bought another workstation, i got a Korg Triton, although I seriously considered an Roland XP60 which in a way is the spiritual successor of the D20. I just cant pick up the same enthusiasm about the Triton as i did with the D-20, yes its sounds 10 times better and is far for powerful, but there is something about the old Roland that the Triton just cant provide.

I'd say that if you are a person that is considering taking up playing keyboards and you want a machine that is capable of doing everything itself, there is no better machine. Where else can you find a full blown workstation secondhand for around £100.

posted Tuesday-Sep-03-2002 at 07:55
Robert Billeci a professional user from Antioch, Ca writes:
My D-20 along with my musical life has come out of the attic. I've had the machine since 88. This machine has less than 500 hours. I record backgrounds and play alto sax over the blends, mostly smooth jazz and some upbeat swing. I like the bass and one of the piano voices and the a-24 organ. Strings ok.I also program certain drums usually using 4-5 traks w/rythum mixed togeather in 2 trak stero. I like my D-20... My question; I have an extensive library of recorded songs(backgrounds) on 3.5 floppy disk. If my machine crashes,I'm out of buisness. Of course my disketts are backed up, but can I use my completed disketts on another Roland machine. 2. Should I purchase another D-20 as a backup. 3. Is there another machine that will load my backgrounds. Again, I'm a pro sax player, but I'm not bad at performing, recording, mixing my own "blended backgrounds with the D-20. I work with a drummer & vocalest. If you have helpfull info ,Please contact me At or Bob

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-03-2002 at 12:44
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