Synth Site: Roland: U-20 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Micah Puffer a hobbyist user from Northwest Ohio writes:
I bought my U-20 for $375 about a year ago. I've really enjoyed playing with it. It has some really great sounds. It has, however given me some minor problems when I used it for MIDI on my "dinosour" computer in my room.

Do you know how I can set it to the factory presets? If you would e-mail me at the above address, I'd be really grateful. Also, if you have any PCM cards that you wanted to get rid of, I'm in the market to buy some.

Thanks.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-19-1999 at 18:49
Don a professional user from USA writes:
I owned a U-20 for about six months in 1990, and then promptly replaced it with the module version, U-220, which I still use to this day. What bothered me about the U20 was the same as most of the other complaints here: note lag, poor keyboard feel, screwy user interface, etc. Although it was a nice looking keyboard, I preferred the feel and interface of my Korg T3. All of the compliments directed toward the piano sounds somewhat mystify me, though. Especially with what is available now. I never considered this unit a source for good pianos. But some of the pad, string, and individual solo instruments I still use. The shakuhachi sample, though overused, is one of the best emulations I've heard. The D50 and Jupiter 8 samples come in handy at times and allow me to have more options with less stuff to haul around. And the dist. B3 adds some realism and growl when mixed with other B3 sounds. My advice, if you like the sounds, would be to forget the U20 and look for the U-220 module.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-09-1998 at 13:40
Pete Holmes a part-timer user from USA writes:
Got one of the first U-20s when they became available in the early 90's and as soon as the processor update became available, I had the update installed. That solved most of the MIDI delay which occured with those fast dense chords. For years it was used for weekend gigs... the wedding and country club fare. You can actually hear it at http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Delta/5861/page-2.htm (click on the band). I found the U-20 to be a perfect gig instrument. The piano sounds are clean and realistic, when sequenced, the guitars are so realistic that folks cannot tell the U-20 from the real thing, and best of all it is LIGHT WEIGHT... as said by a former Fender Rhodes/B-3 owner. However, the erratic keyboard problem has always given me a headache. Right now several of the keys don't play, and quiet a few are very erratic.... time for cleaning / repair. However, it also makes a great instrument to use as a sound module for recording.... which in it's current state, is how I use it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-22-1998 at 22:32
AP a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I regret that I did not get one in 1990. It was the good old days when sythesizers at least looked nice. Now, most synthesizers sound okay but they are just plain ugly. U-20 is the preatiest synthesizer I know and it sounds good too, as I recall. The esthetic features of the an instrument are as important to me as it sound. Nobody questions this when it comes to guitars so why is it not the case with the synthesizers?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-19-1998 at 16:52
John a part time user from New York, USA writes:
I bought my U20 in the early 90s. At the time it was a great alternative to the M1. As many users have said, it's acoustic piano sound is one of the best going. Otherwise, I don't use it for much anymore. Let it be know that I have also had problems with the keys.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
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