Multi Timbral Sound Module

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  The rack version of the popular D-10.  Useful because of the separate outputs.  As I remember, the D-110 was a very popular module at the time it came out.  One of the main reasons was the fact that it was multi-timbral. 

This 1-U rack synthesizer is based on the proven L.A. (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis employed in the classic D-50, although the synthesis structure is not as complete and versatile as its big brother.  It is much more similar to the D-10, D-5 and D-20, and even sports a front slot for a memory card, like those keyboards also had.

It is not the easiest module to use, in comparison with other modules from the day (the E-mu Proteus comes to mind), because there is a small two-line display, and an intricate system of button-pushing and sub-menus to edit it.  Even then, if you are a bit familiar with Roland's "partial" structure, this follows the same lines.

One thing that it takes from its cousin MT-32 and I'm puzzled about: the unit, when reset to factory settings (by loading the sysex presets), sets its eight channels starting from MIDI channel 2, not 1.  This could lead to frustration (hey, this thing doesn't play!) when all you need to do is call up the parts, and renumber the MIDI channels according to each part: 1 to 1, 2 to 2 and so forth.

The sounds on the D-110 are typical L.A. synthesis, and there are a lot of those "usual suspects" heard in other instruments that belong to this line.


Roland D-110 factory patch audio demos in mp3



Stream all the patch examples below as an .m3u playlist


Patch name with audio demo My comments
A11 AcouPiano1 Nice piano that improves on the classic "Piano-Fifty" patch on the D-50.
A15 ElecPiano1 Very nice electric piano that reminds of the piano used by Simply Red in the '80s.
A22 ElecOrgan2 Very cool electric organ, very '60s
A24 ElecOrgan4 The classic "Green Onions" sound
A27 PipeOrgan3 Solid church organ.  Would benefit from a decent outboard reverb.
A32 Harpsi 2 Realistic
A34 Clav 1 Very good Clavinet!
A37 Celesta 1 Beautiful, dreamy patch.
A44 Cello 2 Nice and warm sounding.
A46 Pizzicato Nice
A54 Strings 4 The L.A. character is all there.  Analog.
A58 Brass 4 Surprisingly realistic :-)
A63 Trombone 1 ;-)
A72 Flute 2 Happy
A76 Bottleblow Another typical L.A. sound
A84 Clarinet 1 Charming.
B11 Fantasy The D-series' most famous sound - the D-50's opener.
B12 Harmo Pan Fantastic program, perfect for New Age
B13 Chorale Moving choir.
B15 Soundtrack Stacks up quite well with the original D-50 preset.
B31 Syn Lead 1 POWERFUL synth!!!
B36 Syn Bass 2 Standard synthe-bass
B37 Syn Bass 3 Typically Roland bass flavor.
B46 SlapBass 2 Works
B63 Jamisen Nice
B64 Sho far
B66 WadaikoSet Cool.
B68 Steel Drum One can always use a good set of steel drums ;-)
B83 OneNoteJam One of the loops in ROM.
B86 Insect Sci-fi
B87 WaterBells Cool synth effect
B88 JungleTune Short loops but effective.


The D-110 Rhythm Set:

Rhythm Set  --- a typical "produced", '80s drum set.  Includes percussion samples.


Roland D-110 specifications


Year of release: 1990
Polyphony: 32 partials
Sound generation method: Linear Arithmetic (LA)
Preset memories 2 banks of 64 patches; tones; partials.
MIDI: in, out, thru
Sound expansion capabilities: cards
Sequencer no
Arpeggiator no
Effects Reverb, Chorus
Velocity yes


Roland D-110 pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge)

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Roland D-110 manual

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