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429 complete, ready-to-play sampling instruments taken from the early digital classic D-series synthesizers – D10 – D50 – D70 – U110.

After an enormously success of more than 15 years in making perfect-sounding classic analog synthesizers Roland followed the trend in the late eighties and switched their complete product line to digital sound generation. A second – and even more successful – age has started, and its first players were the D synthesizers.

It all started with D50. The company was on top in preserving all their values – crystal-clear and ethereal pads and strings, harsh brasses and complex synthesis technology made this instrument a very useful tool. The design was made too early to fulfill a need for a workstation (Korg’s M1 followed it slightly later) completed with multitrack sequencer and serious effects, but for stage performance it was absolutely a top gear.

We sampled its rack version, D550 which is sonically and functionally identical with the keyboard instrument. We switched off the very simple onboard effect processor to have a clear impression.

Second, D10 came with some almost-identical relatives: D5, D20 and the D110 rack module. A cheaper, simpler electronic implementation which had the characteristic of the big brother but with shorter samples and fewer editing. All they are multitimbral so a complete musical arrangement is came possible on them (D20 even had an onboard sequencer). Our collection is built on D110, with zero effect settings, too.

D70 was the physically and sonically a biggest piece with 76-keys keyboard by standard and much longer, more accurate sound samples than any previous unit. We also sampled this beast, no worry!

Besides the D line, a separate family, U was running within the company. They were simple but very effective ROM sample players with almost no editing. As a bonus we also sampled the family’s leading product, U110.

We sampled all the instruments with care. We didn’t use any artificial loops to shorten the samples, instead we sampled the sounds as long as possible. We sampled all the programs with three semitones intervals, and 3-5 velocity levels if needed.

You can test some patches from the package if you download any part of our freely available Mecha series of sound sample. Check them under the Free category.

  • Format: Kontakt 5 .NKI, .WAV
  • Resolution: 16 bit
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • Sample length on sustain: at least 10 sec
  • Number of individual sampling instruments:
    429 (total)
    128 (D550)
    129 (D110)
    73 (D70)
    99 (U110)
  • Download size: 15.8 gigabyte (compressed)
  • Individual samples: more than 21,000
  • Recording equipment: Mackie Onyx 820i
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