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songboy03/22/2010

songboy's review

Roland D-110
This is just the rack synth edition. There is no keyboard attached, you have to get a midi controller to use this device. There are several audio 1/4" outs, and Midi in/out/thru. Yes, you can edit this via a computer by using a program called "MidiQuest XL." Its a great program that makes using older gear like this one so much easier. As for controllers, it is all midi and has the general midi controls (pitch, modulation, sustain....) you will just need a midi controller that is capable of generating those midi messages. There are quite a few sounds on this unit especially because I own three expansion cards for it as well. They are wide ranging in style but they all have that unmistakable late 80's early 90's character. Yes they can be edited as well as stacked up to 8 separate sounds to create one big sounding patch. It has 32 voice polyphony.

UTILIZATION

Without the use of MidiQuest XL, no, the sounds and effects editing is not easy, at least not by today's standards. The configuration appears to be simple at first glance but navigating through patches and editing just about anything on here can be a real pain in the but. It took me over an hour to feel comfortable with the small task of changing the patch, seriously. I have recently got the manual and have been doing my best to read/understand it, but Roland is notorious for writing awful manuals (in my opinion, the worst was Roland VS1880) so its not going as well as I would have hoped.

SOUNDS

Realistic? Heck no. But that's not the point. I bought this unit because I wanted some older sounds from that era. I love to run old synths like there through some of my really nice effects (moog stuff, diamond, analog man). The combination has always yielded some amazing results. The touch sensitivity and after touch seem to be close enough if not right on to today's standards. No conversion that I am aware of. The effects are good. They compliment the sounds in the keyboard good enough, but I find myself rarely using them as I prefer the analog effect route. As for sounds, all the piano patches are pretty lame, they certainly get used if I need a cheesy piano sound, but they are so far away from anything useful if you want a real piano sound. Other than that, I love all the weird, cheesy, "crappy" sounds that come out of this thing.

OVERALL OPINION

What I love most about this unit is the sounds. If you need a tone from the late 80's early 90's, then look no further (actually, if you can find one, definitely get the bigger brother of this unit the D 50). With the three expansion cards, I have so many great sounds to choose from. What I don't like about this unit is the learning curve. This thing is a real pain to get comfortable with and the manual isn't as good of a help as it should be. Be willing to spend a whole day with this unit before you expect to make great sounds with it (maybe even more time than that). I paid $75 for this unit. I am very happy with that price. If you expect this thing to sound "real" than it would get a 4 out of 10. If you want this thing with the understanding that it is in no way "real" than I give it a 9 out of 10 for sound and quality. I have owned a few digital synths and this one has the most character of them all. Yes, I would definitely pick this up again if I had the chance.
sin05/05/2012

sin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
A MIDI expander unit.
THE synthesis
32 voice polyphony.
9 votes for multi-timbralité.
128 sounds ROM / RAM 64
8 audio outputs + headphones
This is the version of D-10/D-20 rack.

UTILIZATION

Well here it gets complicated ... Partial Structure of grouped to form a sonority that will be selected in a stamp placed himself on a share and saved in a patch! o0 '
Moreover, the lack of alpha dial is acute, the 16 buttons are not enough to comfortably edit the module.

SOUNDS

By programming we can get to "good sound" typical LA synthesis. It blows a little but it is manageable. The reverb and delay are more embedded.
The acoustic sounds are to be avoided except for doing porn!
The thing is known to modulate the PWM via the velocity example and ring modulation is the main tool for the synthesis LA ...
The filter can resonate without going into self-oscillation.

OVERALL OPINION

Expander for some nice little sound of drum or synth.
Has the same color as the series D-5/D-10/D-20 ... For the nostalgic ;)
Anyway right now it's cheap and it can used to fill an empty rack elegantly!
minouagrifffe12/14/2011

minouagrifffe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a killing, it's nice to hear, is unique"

Roland D-110
is very complete for those who want to take the lead in a program, a real little gas plant

UTILIZATION

it's not fun to work with a small area, it at all concentr.mais ca not take place

SOUNDS

then my friends, go buy a running, this thing sounds! it is a massacre, dynamics and color of sound, a marvel, the ultimate synthesis, you have a d50 and a d110 and you are at the top of the color of the grain is inimitable, listen to the demos of the internal beast and you will understand that with the talent it makes things sound beautiful in appearance not genial.j 've acquired several of coup.et no mistake, the d110 is not worse than the d50. it's his little brother with his own bass caractere.les are great, they drool not a mix.les acoustic sounds are not very realistic but that's what I love, the aproximation a lot of charm.

OVERALL OPINION

aa absolutely Waste
zedbee09/16/2009

zedbee's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
for that see the post below is especially full ...
we must admit that the machine is somewhat limited can preset, a single effect, reverb of poor its quality. for the connection, for it against all that is necessary, full MIDI implementation, several outputs ...

UTILIZATION

while there, we enter the dark designs of the beast ....
certainly the worst fucking machine that I met, just to change a sound, there is need for the manual ...
I'm not talking about publishing, the guy who laid it to be a psychopath is not possible otherwise. Finally after eating record of over 120 pages, one can begin to sound them out ... phew

SOUNDS

sounds .... the part that divides the more I think ...
when you turn the machine for the first time, and we reviewed the factory presets, a reversal takes place immediately.
each sound reminds you of a sound point of the 80 ... Generic American series, bad music pubs, beautiful machine to a sound quiz with your friends ... sounds pretty bad then, bad pianos, violins, bad, bad brass, etc. Everything is very kitch ...
And if we stop there, in fact, it's a bad machine ....

But behind the toad, sleeps a heart of gold ... it's not a Chinese proverb!

after loading a few presets gleaned the net, you realize the hidden potential. is a real machine with possibilities. sounds can be powerful, grimey or smooth, we can lift many low very effective groundwater rich and warm, in short, the discovery is significant. This is certainly not a moog, but it's really very interesting.

it is best to disable the internal reverb, then work with the raw sounds of externalities. get it while it sounds very interesting worth of those powerful and expensive machines with a small grain and more particularly ...

OVERALL OPINION

I do not have this machine for a long time, so I slowly discovered. Its rating argus is widely underestimated for my taste. there are many on the market once it has a value for the lowest price.
I would not recommend this machine to start, too complex and limited.
Using it is quite daunting without a publisher, so book a machine to hacker's well equipped.
you can also use it for what it knows how ... 80 years of its range.

A very typical machine so that is not accessible to everybody, but open up to know who take the time to explore.
and for the price, frankly, I do not regret having made a place in my rack.
Vinz6706/01/2009

Vinz67's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
1U expander. Synthse LA (synthse shuffled to the "analog" and short samples). RESOLUTION 12 bits. Reverb / delay intgre.
- 64 Patches (= performance) 8 "shares" + a rhythm.
- Each "part" (= output level, pan, key range) uses a "stamp"
- There are 128 stamps (2 banks 64 A and B). Each patch (key shift, tune, bender range, assign output) uses a "Tone"
- A Tone is a sound. There are two banks presets + 1 user (64 each: a, b, i). 4 "Partials" maximum per tone. Polyphony 32 partial.
- MIDI In, Out, Through, 1 x Stereo outputs + 6 spares (each part of a patch can come out on its output)
No extension possible (memory card only). Ditables sounds from PC (see editor Caged Artist D-110 + Atari emulator-> blackjack and walk nickel)

UTILIZATION

The organization of memory is boring. The edition is feasible from the notch but quite tedious (there are the PG-10 to simplify all this). Everything is easy to understand. Polyphony and quickly saturates and dynamic allocation of votes is zero: the hard Manir multitimbral use, except to edit the sounds they use one or two partial. But for the price, it can be paid 2 ;-)

SOUNDS

The sound is fine and much less clear than the D-50, there is also much less possibility of modulation (no aftertouch rponse and single LFO can modulate the pitch, not PWM possible as the D-50!), a pressure with a grain but there is a trs 80s.
Also, the LFO to modulate ds we shall adopt a key is released. This is a bug I guess ...
Especially you can have analog sounds really typs. Oscillators can be combined in a structure with ring modulator for example, and make sounds mtalliques typs FM. For less than € 100 is a little analog synth of the poor but has a certain cachet numrique :-)
The analog part synthse can be something of CRER INTERESTED thanks to gnrateur (sawtooth wave or square whose pulse width is modulated by the VLOC and the color filter. For against the samples can be filtered.
The reverb is not great, but put him in an effects processor derrire and you do reconnatrez more! It really mandatory. He can then make sounds really great and it sounds a lot more synth numrique pais.

OVERALL OPINION

I have 8 years but I do not really use it for a few months. I put a little derrire Behringer effects processor, and changes everything! Solo sounds that kill, analog ground, pianos the DX-7 ... it really takes its size with a good chorus and rverb.
I AIM Intgr that these effects are, and also that have more possibilities of modulation. 12bit processing is limited (aliasing, breath, dynamics ...), there's no limit of the PCHE D-50, but his cot "digital-analog-lowfi" is really nice. For less than € 100, you do not risk much and it will bring qqchose your setup, without being able to be the main lment.
The_Missing_Dude05/25/2007

The_Missing_Dude's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
See below

UTILIZATION

Very simple when you know a synth program, otherwise it is learned very quickly saw that the issue is not it.

SOUNDS

Sounds good ... not a JD800 or a Korg 01 / w. ..
But it sounds very convincing, quite close to the D-50 and totally see a bit better than the D-20 (attention, the sequencer less).
There are ways to make great analog ground without too much difficulty, the strings sound good, the voices, too, can even the sound of waves!
In short, for the price (+ / - 100 euros), it's all good.

OVERALL OPINION

I got it for a year, I do not regret it.
He faces many situations, both on stage and in recording, because once in the mix the result is always good.
But I repeat, not a JD, it's still the D series, so it will not sound like JM. Jar. But it can sound like Vangelis :-)
If you are interested by the way, I sell mine, because I now have a JD800 in my studio and I have the utility of the D-110.
Jeremy R02/13/2007

Jeremy R's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
Superb connectivity with 8 output jack. Even though my mixer is already saturated ... But when I have 48 tracks and 8 multi effects pros, why not.

UTILIZATION

Edit enough pests with the small screen, but hey it can go. The use I have is very limited, but nevertheless essential to my compositions.

SOUNDS

The drum sounds are suitable for my style of music. Now I record pop songs with his 80 years, I was looking for a battery similar to that of "Eye In The Sky" (Alan Parsons Project). I am still far, but the D-110 is the closest I found. Yet I have heard demos of synthesizers and drum machines before finding the D-110 ...

Other sounds are quite zero, but there are ways to program (what I do with pleasure on my other synths, but not on the D-110).

OVERALL OPINION

I saw someone play it 30 seconds in a store so I immediately came to mail a notice to explain my knowledge to the world ...

No seriously, I use it for 2 or 3 months. First thing I did: download the user manual on the Roland site and directly editing the battery (main stereo positioning) to get as close to what I wanted. Now I no longer touch, and it is connected to my MIDI interface, it will be my lot for drums on the songs I record right now.

However, for the toms and cymbals, I use my Roland XP-80. For percussion like congas and bongos, I prefer my Korg 01/WFD. And the rest, it depends on mood.
02/11/2007

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
RAS

USE

RAS

SOUNDS

RAS

NOTICE GLOBAL

A very good tool for understanding the aliasing and problems related to excessive transposition too short and sampled samples with too low resolution ..... for the rest, it can still make a nice carrier racks, possibly a big ashtray or a clipboard.

Warning: this review is only my opinion, and is a reflection of my personal or professional experience that I want objective, but is necessarily subjective. I am not forcing anyone to share it, to take it for granted. So for the brave who think invested I do not know what mission on condition of anonymity to their email, it is useless to send me messages of insults because you do not share my view: your Email systematically end his life in the trash, no other alternative. In a sense, you can consider that it is a return to sender;)
bidule03/04/2005

bidule's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
Expander rack 19 inches. 6 individual outputs.

UTILIZATION

Like most machines ROLAND, first look at home even, then read the accompanying book (overload explanations more or less confused) Sounds are parameter. A real "synthquot; to use it as such.

SOUNDS

Exceptional for such bcanne. I mean the typical synths sounds: sounds BIG assured. Especially if one manages to sound banks dbusquer couraging in Germany. Sounds like we want more. Huge bass, beautiful tablecloths, large variety of percussion sounds, synth. I more or less possde 2500 sounds made in Germany. UNBELIEVABLE of quality! Do not look for a grand piano or a cello practitioner. It is not there. Only GROS, trs big synths sounds. And ..... surprise (still in the German banks) give the larger than life!
Do not try to understand.
I would remind those who laugh at the D110, its output, a t MT32 hailed as a stroke. Although time has sr volumes gear. But the current price, Do not hesitate too much. We'll talk again ....

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since its release (dj has a few years ...). It is always high on one of my racks, cts to other devices that do not shame on the contrary!
A-lex06/11/2002

A-lex's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-110
A nice little 1U Rack, connectivity is impressive (8 analog outputs, and the bike has over 10 years). We are entitled to conventional MIDI In, Out and Through. There is also a memory card slot (which is not found today . Crane was a typed edit buttons over a knob for volume and a headphone jack. His side, the machine is multi-timbral parts + rhythm in 8 and is about Polyphonic 32 channels.

UTILIZATION

The absence of knobs makes setting long and tiring, but the interface is pleasant, even if the LCD could be more great . The manual, in addition to English and have a nice coverage is very comprehensive. It describes the principles of synthesis (linear, like other D-..). Sounds

SOUNDS

plants, although sometimes very good, does not show at all the possibilities of the craft. We must dive into the prog to find you have lots of settings to loud sounds or deep aquifers. It can happen to sound real trance / electro persevering

OVERALL OPINION

Honestly, this is my first synthesizer. I bought 100 €, it dates from 1990 and was impressed by its capabilities. It was the area nothing like that but its value for money is huge!