Roland D-20

Roland D-20

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D-20, Digital Synth from Roland.

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  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: D-20
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2004

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Roland D-20 user reviews

Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 16 reviews )
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Régis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland D-20
Workstation for 89 years ... One of the first
8-track sequencer with more battery. (Not failed),
sounds pcm Fully editable
The sounds were less realistic than the u20 but very good anyway
16 multitimbral, 32 voice polyphony but some sounds are four
Midi in out and thru
Headphone output
R / L outputs
Taken pedal
Pitch bend wheel roland
A floppy drive to save sequence, aff'd sounds .....
61 keys keyboard synthesizer great, good quality
Some effects reverb chorus. But overall if you're in multiplayer mode
Some embedded in a rhythm sequencer rhythms

Conccurent of the era who had a yamaha v50 seq step. But he flopped. It was less pro plasticky
Charlemie sewing was one with him to compose al era


ExtremeNet powerful and comprehensive. The edition of sounds and LA cfm allowed to return to the world of audio architect.
You could spend hours in a day to create its sound. Even if the small screen, ca al remained very modern era and accessible
The bank of sounds syssex were sold, very good quality
A very good big well done manual
Part twelve o'clock well detailed implementation, enabling enter the sysex from a ouil atari, mac and pc later


Given in the context, sounds allowed to do good creations.
Not so realistic, but good water and electric piano strings, organ rock.
A soundtrack Terrile the airplane texas .... Full of sounds that are found on the first CD of the top 50
J had bought bank of sounds on disk that metamorphosed. The sounds were terrible!
Warm tones of saw and square


Over twenty years, the keyboard, sensors have deteriorated!
Back then it was costing about 2000 € new either 14000francs

troust's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" For the time, a fairly complete synth"

Roland D-20
Keyboard 61 keys with "a small velocity", 16 multitimbral parts.
2 Audio outputs L and R: 6.35
Midi In, Thru, out
Sustain pedal input, Stop / start sequencer: 6.35
32 voice polyphony
Type workstation that, for 1988, looks great with a full 8-track sequencer + 1 rhythm.
Backup songs, sounds etc.. by 720KB floppy disk.
Everything is explained on other opinions.


editing sound, in my opinion, is not very easy, because a small backlit screen 2X16 characters. setting seems complexe.
This kind of machine deserved at the time, to have an editor via computer.
LA synthesis is not so easy. I confess that I have not dwelt on the manual.

I rarely sought new sounds, the range is fairly complete.
I little or no rhythm part uses its having on hand, other ways to create patterns.


At its commissioning, the first thing I did was listen to the demos: very successful, is it possible to recreate it yourself with the same D-20?.
All sounds including some fairly well known and all styles are fashionable late 80s. There is something for everyone.
I use D-20 performance rather than patch (more sound relief).
I appreciate the style sheets Warm pad, string, some organs.
To avoid acoustic pianos, acoustic and electric guitars.
the sounds of electric pianos are nice, pretty realistic.
I also remember some ethnic or exotic type sounds.


So I have since July 88, purchased by mail, attracted by its attractive price.
I did not have at the time the opportunity to try other models, the majority of my choice after the test benches were published in trade magazine (Keyboards mag, mag keyboard etc.).
Repeat this choice given the evolution of gear I do not think so.
But I keep this synth whose condition is impeccable.
Currently, he manages, in addition to its range of sounds, other expanders for even richer sound.

This synth has never left my house ..... except for playing organ part in a church for the wedding of my niece!

stratvinc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" what synth at the time!"

Roland D-20
well, here
I will talk about my D20 negotiated 1989-9500 F of the time then it was worth 12000
This is a digital synthesizer 61 notes responsive to the velocity but not to aftertouch
64 sounds in internal memory and 128 editable presets editable
ability to play multitimbral 8 tracks + 1 drum track
sequencer step by step with the possibility of doubling the tracks and mixing balance and volume of each track automation
use performance in whole or dual mode split
pitch and modulation controller sustain pedal by
implemantation MIDI IN OUT throuth
32 voice polyphony separate battery fortunately


then only to play or use the sequencer it was very intuitive to me
once you understand the principle is beginning to take its songs quickly
the drum machine part works by up to 32 editable paterns and quantize function is monstrous and works in real time
can not save or not to punch in / punch out
The manual is well written but do not be afraid to spend time on
or where it gets complex is for editing sounds
a real gas plant but tamed fantastic opportunities


obviously sounds sound very 80's but not that!
it is obviously far from sampled sounds and hyper realistic today
Zeus but not what I liked his recognizable sound between all
lead sounds of bass and synth sounds to Vangelis were among wishlist Tips
best of all the warm pad for tablecloths
there is no sound that I hate but some have paid the price to make room for my edited sound
keyboard that velocity but no aftertouch
I redid among others the Grand Blue on without expander nothing D20 only


So I've bought since 1989 it came out in competition with a Korg M1
may be a little worse in terms of sound, but with a great advantage
the first workstation or you could save all the pieces avce published on diskette thing sounds M1 was not
it allowed me to discover the world of synth and introduce me to MIDI
thereafter he was driven by my Casio MIDI guitar
it allowed me to make my guitar backtrack before the advent of the Internet
at negotiated price I think I got a bargain at the time
24 years and it works like the first day

arnoldorodeo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Underrated"

Roland D-20
Roland multi-timbral synth 61 keys. A workstation incorporating the synthesis PCM D-50 with an additional integrated sequencer and a drum machine (midi channel 10).
As an effects reverb and delay but alas no chorus. Keyboard touch agréable.Polyphonie 32 votes.


The manual was pretty clear and well done. I did not have a computer at the time so I developed all internal sounds in the synth.


I pulled the abilities of D-20 maximum. I know this synth really by heart. Let's be honest: This machine is less dynamic in terms of capacity and its big brother the D-50. However, I programmed sounds of hundreds of pads, synth bass, Rhodes piano, fx etc ... Unlike presets provided, the D-20 is capable of going the distance with some synths premium even if a chorus would been welcome to expand tablecloths or bass sounds.
Music purchased from Italy to the big time, great workstation that allowed the joys of the composition, save to disk or his arrangements sound just before the Atari ST only landed two or three years later with Cubase .. .


I can not really be objective about my opinion on this synth has a huge capital sympathy in my heart. That was when I discovered the sound synthesis, the magazine Keyboards proposed small paintings presets for DX7, D-50 ... Pop Music in France and England used the samples at all-will constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity and dreamed in future Alan Wilder or Eric Serra ... The good old days when Roland has influenced a whole generation of guys like me ptits with synthesizers.

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