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  • RégisRégis

    Roland D-20Published on 07/29/13 at 22:43
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    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 …
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    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

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

    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

    OVERALL OPINION

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

    For the time, a fairly complete synth

    Roland D-20Published on 05/06/13 at 09:43
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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    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 so…
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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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!
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  • stratvincstratvinc

    what synth at the time!

    Roland D-20Published on 04/23/13 at 11:48
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    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

    UTILIZATION

    then only to play or use the sequencer it was very intuitive …
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    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

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

    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

    OVERALL OPINION

    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
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  • arnoldorodeoarnoldorodeo

    Underrated

    Roland D-20Published on 03/16/13 at 00:27
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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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…
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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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 .. .

    OVERALL OPINION

    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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  • PierivaranPierivaran

    Roland D-20Published on 01/12/13 at 16:20
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Sythétiseur with a 5-octave keyboard unballasted, especially dedicated to the creation of sounds (waveforms and / or PCM samples) and composition (drum machine and sequencer), dating from the late 80s.

    With time (lack of use, dust), the keyboard may have contact problems at the keys (no response or no sensitivity to the contrary), it is then necessary to disassemble and clean the contacts with a suitable product (very tedious ).

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration seemed pretty affordable at the time, mainly thanks to the support of the manual, although it is true that the navigation through the tiny screen requires some practice :).

    SOUNDS

    The acoustic piano sound factory sh…
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    Sythétiseur with a 5-octave keyboard unballasted, especially dedicated to the creation of sounds (waveforms and / or PCM samples) and composition (drum machine and sequencer), dating from the late 80s.

    With time (lack of use, dust), the keyboard may have contact problems at the keys (no response or no sensitivity to the contrary), it is then necessary to disassemble and clean the contacts with a suitable product (very tedious ).

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration seemed pretty affordable at the time, mainly thanks to the support of the manual, although it is true that the navigation through the tiny screen requires some practice :).

    SOUNDS

    The acoustic piano sound factory should be avoided completely unrealistic (too bright and metallic), the sounds of electric piano and organ are quite interesting and a lot of synthetic sounds have a real interest in particular in terms of heat.

    No after touch, many good reverbs sufficiently configurable delays several quite basic, it's all for the effects themselves (no chorus) but the setting of several sounds associated achieves "effects" interesting.

    The sequencer was very interesting in the pre-computer music and included all the necessary functions.

    Traditional backup disks (with special formatting I think) method very slow loading and saving in comparison to the current rate, it is now possible to transfer data from computer via MIDI D20.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used a lot in the 90s, then replaced as needed better piano sounds but I do not exclude the restart.

    It is a device attaching whose forte seems its many sound editing.
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  • jardindunordjardindunord

    for this synthesis is ca

    Roland D-20Published on 12/05/11 at 03:17
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    is a multi timbre synth keyboard / sequencer and recording to disk or card (at the time was now also a good keyboard.

    UTILIZATION

    For my part I have been in conjunction with a MIDI micro korg and I get a tit of the best D-20, ca 'a few years now I have this keyboard, it must be the same first I had and I learned it and for me who knows what keyboard can tell you that can in time it will pass in vintage category. I look for another and it's true that I can not find even on Ebay and I know not why. If someone said to me why this keyboard is not found in a stomach.
    Thank you.

    SOUNDS

    Audible and the good overall.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Good. that is why I sought an!.
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    is a multi timbre synth keyboard / sequencer and recording to disk or card (at the time was now also a good keyboard.

    UTILIZATION

    For my part I have been in conjunction with a MIDI micro korg and I get a tit of the best D-20, ca 'a few years now I have this keyboard, it must be the same first I had and I learned it and for me who knows what keyboard can tell you that can in time it will pass in vintage category. I look for another and it's true that I can not find even on Ebay and I know not why. If someone said to me why this keyboard is not found in a stomach.
    Thank you.

    SOUNDS

    Audible and the good overall.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Good. that is why I sought an!.
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  • DinostudioDinostudio

    Roland D-20Published on 02/07/03 at 01:50
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    61-key keyboard trs trs flexible, with a trend it is true "m.erd.r" after a few years (Be careful the OCCAZ "even if any boyfriend just bricoluer can change the "RUMBERs" in 1 hour 3 times for nothing ...)

    UTILIZATION

    The use of D20 is easy, except that the squenceur .... but uses it again?

    SOUNDS

    The sounds are those of the D10, and D5 of synthse THE trs so while remaining far from a D50 ...
    Overall, I must say ... the vrit presets have a lot older! But it must be noted that the D20
    is able to produce beautiful analog sounds that should delight Technofil ... For the rest, spend most current MODELS

    OVERALL OPINION

    For the little hispanic, the first album…
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    61-key keyboard trs trs flexible, with a trend it is true "m.erd.r" after a few years (Be careful the OCCAZ "even if any boyfriend just bricoluer can change the "RUMBERs" in 1 hour 3 times for nothing ...)

    UTILIZATION

    The use of D20 is easy, except that the squenceur .... but uses it again?

    SOUNDS

    The sounds are those of the D10, and D5 of synthse THE trs so while remaining far from a D50 ...
    Overall, I must say ... the vrit presets have a lot older! But it must be noted that the D20
    is able to produce beautiful analog sounds that should delight Technofil ... For the rest, spend most current MODELS

    OVERALL OPINION

    For the little hispanic, the first album of ZAZIE t model has a D20!

    Frankly, there is no great advantage to possess this type of material in the home studio.
    mine is running in master keyboard for years, and rare are the moments I venture o br /> make him sound out ...

    But I love mr Roland Dvin C'tait ... my first synth!
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  • powerchordfxpowerchordfx

    Roland D-20Published on 01/29/03 at 09:33
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    61-key classic quip connections (Midi Output + headphone). Multi-timbral 8 tracks + batteries, the keyboard includes a while (the era rvolutionnaire) squenceur + box + a gnrateur rhythms of analog waves (like Juno) + a g nrateur wave PCM + HD floppy drive.
    On leaving, c'tait a monster!

    UTILIZATION

    Operation is super simple in all areas: using simple keyboard spliter or not as the edition of the sounds, rhythms, etc ... In short, everything is easy and the instructions are clear trs.
    The only lack the flexibility squenceur mode: you can not really touch and polyphony is too small to grate 8 tracks.

    SOUNDS

    Ben, c'tait of the era synths so over now, there is a bad. Ma…
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    61-key classic quip connections (Midi Output + headphone). Multi-timbral 8 tracks + batteries, the keyboard includes a while (the era rvolutionnaire) squenceur + box + a gnrateur rhythms of analog waves (like Juno) + a g nrateur wave PCM + HD floppy drive.
    On leaving, c'tait a monster!

    UTILIZATION

    Operation is super simple in all areas: using simple keyboard spliter or not as the edition of the sounds, rhythms, etc ... In short, everything is easy and the instructions are clear trs.
    The only lack the flexibility squenceur mode: you can not really touch and polyphony is too small to grate 8 tracks.

    SOUNDS

    Ben, c'tait of the era synths so over now, there is a bad. Many of the sounds lack ism and especially some PCM samples are filled with breath sounds (c'tait The beginning of synthses PCM). That said, all sounds are analog. The editor allows the sound of Fast Fashion trs complex loops up to 4 samples per sound. In short, for those who love the sound Fast Fashion, c'tait a treat (it happened when same-breath and remove the noise by filtering).

    OVERALL OPINION

    For beginners, it's a great synth. The floppy disk drive allows you to customize the sounds, rhythms. Thus, on disk, you can have several banks of sounds or rhythms.
    Besides a, a keyboard is super strong. If the keys are a little tired, you just have to disassemble (beware of electronic tracks, the Casing is mtallique) and leave the keys a one, then you change all the rubber marks (a set of 61 notes sells for about 20 Euros) and you with a keyboard with a touch like new!
    In short, I have used for over 10 years, I know 100%. It can really make a lot of things this type of synth (the synths of today, it is + or - D20 with more polyphony and an improved sound synthse).
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  • tropezskytropezsky

    Roland D-20Published on 12/30/03 at 23:27
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    5 octave keyboard with a control wheel and pedals made, sustain, and for the control of the sequencer. Not to mention the MIDI in, out, thru.
    Stereo Output
    Two banks of 127 sounds, double capacity by adding card (with 127 users)
    32 voice polyphony, a little trick to couple two d20, d10 or MT32 or for more polyphony.
    squenceur 8 votes Intgr with a rhythm track, the whole backup disk.
    Making it probably the Premire worstation affordable.
    Note the effect is felt the era, especially gard to the price!

    UTILIZATION

    Machine trs enjoyable to use, for programming against some pnible silent because of course it was the ballad of all your checks order, fortunately srigraphi Shma…
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    5 octave keyboard with a control wheel and pedals made, sustain, and for the control of the sequencer. Not to mention the MIDI in, out, thru.
    Stereo Output
    Two banks of 127 sounds, double capacity by adding card (with 127 users)
    32 voice polyphony, a little trick to couple two d20, d10 or MT32 or for more polyphony.
    squenceur 8 votes Intgr with a rhythm track, the whole backup disk.
    Making it probably the Premire worstation affordable.
    Note the effect is felt the era, especially gard to the price!

    UTILIZATION

    Machine trs enjoyable to use, for programming against some pnible silent because of course it was the ballad of all your checks order, fortunately srigraphi Shma on the machine allowed to navigate. I used an editor on the Atari to program in its time.
    The manual silent a marvel of clarity and c'tait really a pleasure to find the information sought in

    SOUNDS

    This cot I find that the machine has not aged trs! But in its time it made me great service, especially when I was short of polyphony.
    The D50 is probably an exploitable machine today for synthetic sounds
    For cons for acoustic sounds said do not talk about even more ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    The machine remained in my set for 15 years can prs, without any failure!
    In his time the squenceur Intgr had really made me happy;)
    When it was released this machine silent and unique in this price range, then returned to the CONTEXT of the era I would do well on this choice.
    Today I would frankly it does not ide buy it.
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  • DirecttodreamsDirecttodreams

    Roland D-20Published on 01/19/04 at 16:55
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    UTILIZATION

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    SOUNDS

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    OVERALL OPINION

    So unlike my collgues above, I think if it was redone, I recheterais p'tit of a D20! and yet, I used to play with ranges as high joujours Korg Triton or Roland XP-50 or S5000 Aka!
    But ..... r-costing in my compound Premire fates thanks to the D20 (ah the sequencer was the era the top!), I fall more in love with the synth sounds ticks: the grain of the water, leads, Strings is INNIMITABLE, a heat that it is hard to find on new BCAN ... besides, I can not find this grain, the heat on today's playthings .... careful! I did not say that today's synths taient bad littralement I fall in love with the sounds of a Triton dm…
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    UTILIZATION

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    SOUNDS

    .

    OVERALL OPINION

    So unlike my collgues above, I think if it was redone, I recheterais p'tit of a D20! and yet, I used to play with ranges as high joujours Korg Triton or Roland XP-50 or S5000 Aka!
    But ..... r-costing in my compound Premire fates thanks to the D20 (ah the sequencer was the era the top!), I fall more in love with the synth sounds ticks: the grain of the water, leads, Strings is INNIMITABLE, a heat that it is hard to find on new BCAN ... besides, I can not find this grain, the heat on today's playthings .... careful! I did not say that today's synths taient bad littralement I fall in love with the sounds of a Triton dmentiels, but ..... small D20 color inimitable sound ..... and this is still, for me, its charm ...... Try, try a D20 for its ground, you will understand .....
    For cons, I'm ok for acoustic sounds ..... forget it!! is a p at all .... but its usefulness is the most ..... it will fill a home studio already well supplied with sounds that are no longer and That said keep an incredible heat!
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