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Roland U-220

Roland U-220

I bought this after seeing it going cheap second-hand in a music shop. I had read about some other artists using it, so I thought I'd give it a go. It has some decent piano and strings and other 'real' sounds and for its time I suppose it was pretty good. It is the rack version of the U-20 keyboard and some of its patches sound similar to those of the Roland 'D' series.

I have used it occasionally on tracks but it hasn't been turned on much lately. One of the tracks I have used it on is 'Low Ranger', for the lead saxophone sound. I think it sounds quite realistic. It has very limited editing capabilities; it's not what I'd called a proper synthesiser, it's more of a 'plug 'n' play' type module, although you can layer Parts to produce more interesting results. I also have 5 of the Roland SNU-110 sound library cards that add an extra dimension to its on-board sounds.