|Synth Site: Roland: U-20 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 3.7 out of 5|
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|AdamT a part-time user from UK writes:|
Nice keyboard version of the U220 and therefore a source of some of the best Roland samples that even the JV1080 range never beat. I advise the 1u racked 220 though as they`re far cheaper in fact very cheap indeed
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-20-2000 at 03:32|
|Frank Franke a part-time user from Holland writes:|
Still a great machine. Once in a while as I pass by some modern synths in the music store, I don't hear much better piano sounds, to compare to the age of the U20. Only now I experience some strange things. Slowly more and more errors appeared. First, the chord section (jump, chord) looked like some computer-virus had entered..all ++++#** and other signs appeared, and then every button had to be pressed real hard before anything happened, and only after repeated pressing, very slowly, the U20 responds. I took it apart, changed the battery, cleaned key by key. Now I put the patches back from the RAM-card, and some things work again. I have it allmost back together again, but still every 8th key is silent, starting from the first C. That looks like a hardware problem, but I can't see anything. The splitted strip wich goes from the keys to the main board looks fine too, and to be shure I took it off and attached it again, but the situation stays the same. I don't want to loose my U20! Before I put it together again, can anyone give me some advise?
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-17-2000 at 15:22|
|sPider a professional user from US writes:|
I purchased the U-20 the summer of '91, and despite the evil, anti-friendly interface, and occasional lag, have squeezed every drop the keyboard has to offer. I also have a Korg DW-8000 (my tweeking board), and they compliment each other nicely, the U-20 being the realistic instrument emulation board. The manual was written by the anit-christ, but once learned, the electronic architecture is quite simple. I especially love how you can program the slight random pitch variation for percussion instruments, espeically while sequencing. The latter results in a much more "humanistic" feel of a real drummer. Also, as mentioned before, the electric "crunch" guitar chord preset w/ a chorus and reverb does sound the real thing and rivals EVERY keyboard guitar chord patch since the U-20's arrival on the scene, which is the one reason why I'll never part with this board. Four out of five. Minus one for the horrible manual and stubborn, unresponsive, small buttons.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-22-2000 at 22:27|
|Jesper Andersen a part-timer user from Denmark writes:|
The U-20 was my first keybord and it turned out to be a perfect choice for a beginner. The sounds are all-round good, especially the piano, dist. organ, strings and brass. The U-20 is also good at showing the beginner just how difficult a user-interface on an electronic instrument can be. Far to many menues and pages and far to few buttons. It does have a shortcut function that is very usable.
The best thing is the way a multi-patch is built. You simply assign the different parts to the MIDI transmit channel of the keyboard and there you are. This gives you six pathes with unlimited splits ("velocity splits" also available).
Some great brass-sounds can be created by mixing three brass-sounds (sax, trumpet and brass) in the right levels and panning them a bit.
A year ago i sold my U-20 and then purchased a U-220 (350$) which is the module-version.
The U-20 is good at pop music and alround live gigs. The piano-sound is at its best when controlled from a weighted piano.
The U-20 is not good at sounding warm. Only some of the pads will do that for you. Also You'll run into polyphony-problems when trying to use all 32 notes at one time.
|Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-16-1999 at 18:29|
|Peter Horvath a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:|
A few of the sounds are great, and worth kepping it for. However - the people who designed the operating system must be idiots or sadists. Just for playing, not for sexuencing.
|Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-05-1999 at 20:29|
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