Roland U-110

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Roland U-110 with 2 PCM cards fitted

The Roland U-110 is a ROMpler synthesizer module, it was produced by Roland Corporation in 1988.

General information[edit]

The predecessor of the more successful U-20 keyboard and U-220 module, the U-110 was Roland's first dedicated sample playback synth. It used ROM to store sounds rather than loading them from disks into RAM, hence it was not a true sampler as it could not sample sounds.

The U-110 contained a base 2MB of sounds stored in ROM. It could be expanded with up to 4 Roland SN-U110 sound library cards, unlike the more popular Roland U-220 that could only accommodate two. It had six individual outputs.


Feature Value
Polyphony 31 Voices
Sound Generator DC-PCM Sound Generator
Base Sample ROM 2MB Consisting of 99 Sounds
Patch Storage 64 Internal memory locations
Expansion 2MB of extra sounds can be added by using up to 4 Roland SN-U110 PCM Cards
Outputs 1 Stereo mix output and 6 individual outputs (different output modes are available) also a headphone socket is attached to the mix output
Multimbral Yes. 6 Parts splitting the polyphony with each part i.e. no dynamic voice allocation
Effects Basic Digital Chorus and Tremolo
Filter NONE
Display 16x2 LC Display
Control 6 Front panel buttons and a volume dial for the mix/headphone output.

List of SN-U110 ROM Cards[edit]

Card Number Name
SN-U110-01 Pipe Organ and Harpsichord
SN-U110-02 Latin and FX Percussion
SN-U110-03 Ethnic
SN-U110-04 Electric Grand and Clavi
SN-U110-05 Orchestral Strings
SN-U110-06 Orchestral Winds
SN-U110-07 Electric Guitar
SN-U110-08 Synthesiser
SN-U110-09 Guitar and Keyboards
SN-U110-10 Rock Drums
SN-U110-11 Sound Effects
SN-U110-12 Sax and Trombone
SN-U110-13 Super Strings
SN-U110-14 Super Acoustic Guitar
SN-U110-15 Super Brass


External links[edit]

  • Vintage Synth Explorer's site on the U-110 [1]
  • U-110 Manual [2]
  • Vintage synth explorer [3]
  • Synthmania's site contains the demo songs on MP3 [4]
  • U110 Resource: Manual, many audio demos and review [5]