The Roland D-110 is the 19-inch rack-mountable version of the popular Roland D-10 multitimbral linear-arithmetic synthesizer.

Roland's D110 was a very underrated little module. It's principal purpose was to provide users with a range of stock sounds that would just be generally useful in a wide range of different musical styles.

Although this concept was to be taken up by Emu in their various flavours of Proteus (or should that be Proteii?!), the D110 pre-dated them by a year or more.

Offering 32-voice polyphony and 8-part multi-timbrality, you could buy cards for the D110 to expand the on-board sounds. Typically, these were 'orchestral', 'brass', 'woodwind', etc., making it a versatile source of 'bread and butter' sounds for any number of musical applications. However, the cost of memory at the time was high and so the cards (and on-board memory) only had limited storage. As a result, the samples were short and compromised. That said, in the right hands, the D110 could sound surprisingly good, especially at the time (1988). I remember hearing a demo of one on the Roland stand at a trade show when it was released and it was very impressive (but then, most Roland demos are!).

Of course, in true Roland fashion, it was a re-packaging of the technology employed in their D-series and also in true Roland fashion, it was a bit of a bugger to use with its small LCD and cramped front panel. In Roland's defence, however, the D110 was probably never intended as a serious synth programmer's tool but more as a quick, convenient source of commonly required sounds.

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Maximum Polyphony: 32 Voices

Patches : 64
Timbres : 128
Preset Tones : 128
Programmable Tones : 64
Preset Rhythm Tones : 63

Patches : 64
Timbres : 128
Tones : 64
Rhythm Setups : One Set

Patches : 32
Timbres : 128
Tones : 32
Rhythm Setups : One Set

Volume Knob
Exit Button
Patch Button
Timbre Button
Edit Button
Part Button
System Button
Write / Copy Button
Enter Button
Part Select Button x 2
Parameter / Bank Button x 2
Value / Number Button x 2
Headphones Socket
Memory Card Slot

2 Lines, 16 letter (Back – Lit)

MIDI Message Indicator

Mix Output Socket x 2
Multi Output Socket x 2
Multi Output Socket x 6
MIDI Connectors (IN / OUT / THRU)

482 (W) x 286 (D) x 44 (H) mm
19″ x 11 – 1 / 4″ x 1 – 3 / 4″

3.7 kg / 8 lb 3 oz

12 W

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