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The U-20 is a digital synthesizer that uses ROM samples of pianos, brass, strings, bass, drums, etc. However it is built for professional use and is truly a quality instrument, even though its sounds may seem like dated-eighties synth pop cheese. It's got nice piano sounds, but they're not the real thing. The U-20 features 6 part multitimbrality with a 7th drum part, plus 2 direct outputs and 2 stereo outputs. The 30 note polyphony helps if you take advantage of this synths multitimbrality for creating entire performances and ensembles. Digital reverb, chorus and delay effects liven up your sounds. Editing is simple, but there are no filters. With several performance features, the U-20 has a full 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. There's an on-board arpeggiator, a chord-memory feature and the U-20 accepts Roland SNU-110 sound library cards. It has been used by Prodigy and Astral Projection.

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Roland JD-800

...do some customizing of the connections on the connecting board. Will probably need to desolder the conneting ports from the u20 mainboard and retro fit them on the 800's board. But it can most certainly be done. Often the U-20 can be bought with the later Roland "Black glue" keybed (or has had one...

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What's in your ROMpler Collection?

...Beat Garden + Techno Synth Construction Yard + World Expedition ROMs) ^ these continue to provide a lot of interesting experimentation Roland U-20 Roland U-220 + Woodwinds ROM card ^ these made excellent theatrical (pit-orchestra) instruments in the early 90s Roland XP-50 ^ traded straight up from an Alesis Micron; keybed, push buttons and sliders could use a bit of...

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Bruce Faulconer-like VSTs?

...Roland S-7XX Samplers, EMU Proteus 1 & 2, and the guitar synths from the Roland are also on the Roland U-20. The famous intro has them played through a Zoom 9050 on the 'Afterburner' preset to give it that cool flanger/phaser effect. Here are some of the sounds isolated YouTube As for the Gohan fights...

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