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Roland D10 - Flute Sound?

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:14 pm
by Jime
I am a total noob to this forum. Apologies in advance if I’m doing something with this post out of protocol.

I play bass in a cover band, and we recently lost our keyboardist (he retired retired and moved to Florida).

We do a cover of Magic Power by Triumph.

I’m OK enough on keys to do basic stuff, and we were thinking I could play the opening synth part, before the bass has to come in (around the :40 second mark in the song).

So I’m looking for an inexpensive small used synthesizer and I found a used Roland D10 for under $95. I haven’t checked it out live yet to see if it works.

So here’s my question...Does anyone know if the D10 has a sound that could approximate the opening synth sound to Magic Power? Our old keyboardist had some sort of Hammond keyboard and he said he just used the flute setting.

Of course I looked online and for whatever reason I can’t open the D10 manual Page I found. I watched a few You Tube videos of people playing the D10 and none of the sounds they played were called “flute”.

I figure I can play around with it and find the sound when I check the D10 out in person, but I thought I’d check the Internet forum before investing a lot of time and gas money.

I appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Thanks for your time reading through this lengthy post.

The same guy has a Roland Juno-G for sale for $225, but said some of the plugs in back are broken (not sure which ones).

I’m leaning towards the D10 because it’s smaller and he said it works with no issues.


Re: Roland D10 - Flute Sound?

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:11 pm
by meatballfulton
That sound is a simple square wave lead. I'm sure the D10 has a sound that can do that, almost any synthesizer built since 1980 will have that sound in the presets somewhere.

The D10 is a pretty ancient synth and rather dated soundwise (not to mention a 30 year old synth could have reliability issues). Do you care about any of the other sounds it can or cannot make?

I believe your old keyboard player probably called up a flute sound which would sound close to the recording.

Re: Roland D10 - Flute Sound?

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:27 am
by Jime
Meatball - thanks for the reply!

Your question about other sounds sparked a synapse, I had a thought a few years ago of getting an organ pedal board

Maybe like a studio logic MP113, and somehow connect it to a keyboard so I could play the root note and pick up some kind of ethereal sound to fill in the space of some of our songs.

We got a keyboardist, so I lost that brought it back.

I need to take a crash course on MIDI to understand how I’d connect stuff and get the signal to the sound guys board.

So now maybe I need to expand my aperture a little because I doubt the old Roland I found would do that.

Square Wave Lead...I got that in my head now.

I appreciate you getting my head thinking about this stuff. Have an awesome week!


Re: Roland D10 - Flute Sound?

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:04 pm
by meatballfulton
You're welcome.