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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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...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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inthere - This guy is a master of appreciating the gear you have. I learned a lot after only reading a handful of his responses. For instance, in a thread many years ago about a list of 'dream synthesizer rig', he listed the following things, many of which nobody else would put in...

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Roland D70 - strange animal

May be a Mainboard failure or Analog (jack) board failure. I have a u20 (similar) with the exact same problem (everything appears ok but no sound). On that one it’s the mainboard for sure because I can tell from the diagnostics the battery voltage is high (voltage leaking maybe). I’ve given up on that...

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