MATRIXSYNTH: Mint Vintage Roland D-110 LA Synthesizer w/ PG-10 Programmer SN 922305

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Mint Vintage Roland D-110 LA Synthesizer w/ PG-10 Programmer SN 922305

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Published on Jul 23, 2019 Synthcomp

"Here's a little demo of the Roland D-110 with mostly custom and some factory sounds. All sounds are from the D-110. I've also used a Korg TR synth to make this demo but only as an effect processor, so it doesn't appear in the video."

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"The Roland D-110 has been described by some as 'a poor man's D-50' though I don't think that does it justice.

As a current, longtime D-50 and D-70 owner and tinkerer, I'm very familiar with their sound, and while the D-110 shares the same LA (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis architecture of it's 1st Gen D-50 and 2nd Gen D-70 siblings, it's a completely different animal capable of sounds that would be essentially impossible for the D-50 or D-70 to achieve without multiple D-50s/D-70s. That’s not to imply that the D-110 is "better," just different and in certain aspects more customizable and complex when given proper attention.

Sound & Use:
The D-110 is the upgraded, more deeply programmable version of the D-10 synthesizer. It features extensive sound shaping options in it's ability to control and alter tones, partials, and timbres. On it's own, it's interface can be challenging to navigate (aka, menu diving), but with the external PG-10 Linear Synthesizer Programmer (included in this listing), it quickly becomes a sound creation dream, particularly for virtual analog style sounds.

As a 2nd Gen Linear Arithmetic synth, the LA section of the D-110 has improved AM routing of each multi-timbral structure, enabling you to create lush, rich analog-esque pads, thickened basses, squelching leads, and moving polysynth textures by assigning more than one voice to the same midi channel, detuning each voice/oscillator, then mapping to the keyboard.

Also, the virtual analog oscillators (yep, virtual analog) are very nice, and though Roland has always been secretive about LA synthesis (since they were competing with Yamaha and KORG at the time), I have a hunch these are specifically DCO analog oscillators. :)

It also has 63 Roland Drum sounds, 8 Effects, and Internal/External Memory storage.
The D-10, D-50, and D-70 have only 2 Outputs, but the D-110 has 6 Outputs, allowing for creative patch splitting and output routing to external effects, amps, multiple interface/DAW channels, etc.

The PG-10 is pretty much a must have if you want to get the most out of the D-110. It not only makes editing easier and quicker, but adds slider control in real time of fading in/out, filters, sweeps and swells, developing evolving soundscapes, etc. As a side note, the rare-ish PG-10 sells for $200-250 by itself, so I believe this to be a pretty good deal when you consider it includes the D-110 also."

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