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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Mikie Henderson a professional user from United States writes:
I've had a D70 for 10 years now and don't want to part with it. There is this annoying after-tone on the piano samples I can't seem to programme out, but, it is usable (has anyone else run into this--and did you solve it?).

RolandUS was less than honest with me when I accidently erased the thing. They didn't admit to being able to accepting data from a floppy until they stopped producing their "Million-Dollar" RAM cards. Shame on them. I found a floppy I had made in real time dump on my Alesis DataDisk. I was able to restore the information once I got a Roland rep to tell me how. It was a matter of going into the system area and turning the receive mode to on (didn't realize it was there). I also found out that in Rhythm system mode you can transpose the whole keyboard.

The panel buttons sometimes stick, but a blast from some aeroduster will lessen the problem. I like this board. The new stuff is good, too. But, I like the fact it only has 6 parts and midi channels are programmable. That way, I can use other sound sources with it while sequencing. It really should have been called a U-70 or some "U" name. There isn't anything "LA" about this thing. I also like the Synth and Sample sound combination.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-22-2002 at 15:21
brian adam a hobbyist user from united states writes:
bought my d70 1990 cd quality sound i was blown away midi up with my m1 and prophet 600 it was a great controller. eventually i had the problems with the keys getting loose.roland had no problem replacing the keys.wouldnt give it up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-02-2002 at 06:43
Rick Jacobs a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I have owned a D70 for 10 years and my MIDI rig would not be the same without it. First and foremost, the 76 keys are great. I also have a M1 and JV80 and am so spoiled with the D70's feel that they only get played via MIDI.

Soundwise it is very versatile. I recently purchased an Industrial Cybertech Voice Crystal card for it on eBay and couldn't believe my ears! After 10 years it sounded like a new synth and I was into it all over again. Digital to analog samples are all there and editting patience is rewarded with some great new timbres. More memory would be nice but I suppose that is what computers are for.

I used to use it as my MIDI controller when I played across Canada with it in a rock band. It was reliable night after night for a straight year. It survived heat and cold with ease and never let me down. Yes, the interface takes some getting used to, but if you can navigate around the Roland JV-series synths you will have no problem with this one.

The D70 is a BARGAIN on the used market. I am tempted to by another one but I don't really need it. Pick one up!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-12-2001 at 02:01
John Budden a professional user from UK writes:
Allways wanted a D70 and couldn't afford one in 1990 - £2000!! Just got one for a song - with manual (apparently a rarety). Sounds great and like the keyboard. Don't inderstand the comments about the piano sound being poor - I think they are as good as any I have (lots). Will post update when I have played a bit. Have just read the manual and am completely confused by it - another triumph for Roland - only surpassed by the D110 manual which is in Martian! Wil post manual if anyone wants it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-12-2001 at 19:33
Greg from Australia writes:
I'd have to agree with those that reckon their's is a love / hate relationship with the D70. There are some GREAT sounds on this keyboard; particularly warm, and there are some great analog effects. Whilst the piano sound is not bad it doesn't stack up against anything from recent years.

By the way: Does anyone know if there is a way to transpose the ENTIRE keyboard (and not just the patch in question)?

I upgraded the ROMS after finding that it would lock up occasionally. Seems OK now. It is very hard to program, but with some persistence I usually manage to get the sound I want. I had an M1 prior (1989), and am glad I got rid of it and kept the D70, as many of its sounds are exceptional even today.

But I have had a lot of trouble with the keyboard itself. Using so many connectors (dodgy ones at that) is just asking for trouble! (and you need to remove about 60 screws and loosen every circuit board to get to the keyboard). Today I determined that the reason for an intermittent set of notes (all a tritorne apart) that would randomly 'turn on' by themselves was due to a hairline crack on a track on a plastic ribbon cable that goes to the keyboard. Has anyone had any experience replacing this, and where can I get it?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-25-2001 at 03:32
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