The Roland U-220 is simply a rack-mount version of the U-20. It has all the same sounds and features packaged in a compact single-space sound module.
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.
I have the JV 1080 already but this is just a scetchpad setup not my primary one and I'd like to try something different.I just saw that U-220 has an onboard arpeggiator and chord memory!!
...wheels, I won't use them, might even remove them for the space... It'll be the main controller for my TX-7, K1m, U220, a TX81z, even a Mirage sometimes, and I'm thinking about an MKS-50 w Controller. Room for one of these on one side of it... Woot:
...FX from that era you could get reasonably familiar with the way they worked. I say this based on having a U-220, an R8m and a RSP-550 in front of me right now - if that's all I was using every day it might be different, but coming to any one of them from something...
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