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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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alpha5000dk a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
I've had the Roland D-20 twice! First time was in 1988 and it was brand new. Second time was a used one I bought in 2002. I sold the last one earlier this summer. it was in very good condition. Today I find the sounds thin and uninspiring, thou in Performance mode it can sound quite good. I find it very difficult to program the sounds, I never got the PG-10 or a computer programme to do that. Also I would have preferred Roland had put a better sequencer in it with more features.

Many consider the Korg M1 to be the first synth workstation, which I think is wrong, since the D-20 came out earlier.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-07-2005 at 15:43
Garrat a part-time user from Germany writes:
only difference is that D50 has chorus and more lfo's built in. The d20 is multitimbral and some samples sound better than on the d50.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-25-2004 at 15:55
MadSkillz a professional user from USA writes:
Use some external effects with it (phaser, distortion) and listen to those 12 bit drums gettin wild.All good 12 bit sounds, just needs some extra fx.Todays synths are the same. Except 16 bit and better effects, more samples. Some of its best samples and presets are still used in todays fantom (X's). But this one sounds dirtier.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-24-2004 at 12:42
dwayne a professional user from livermore ca writes:
Well i heard alot of bad and good stories about the D20 and i must say it was a very good starter for some in those days as the D50 was just to high to afford for some and to interduce a hole generation to the workstation craze in which i think the the keyboard itself help launch a series of up and coming boards from a history point of view, but all in all its really inspired alot of musicians alike in those glory days of the industry. old gear can be of good use for many that cant afford the luxary of the new , i know ive been there several times ,hell at least it sounds better than a casio lol

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-22-2003 at 10:55
les jones a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I bought my first D20 in 1988. Once I got the hang of sequencing on it, I could do almost anything (demo quality, of course). The ease of use and variety of sounds is what really grabbed me. Gave it away in 2000. Just acquired another one and I need a manual for it. Can anyone help me locate one??

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-08-2003 at 14:31
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