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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Steve Hunt a part time user from England writes:
Sold mine ages ago. I miss the fat guitars and piano (better than my SY99 for these). I've still got the M256D Ram card and SN-U110-07 Electric Guitar and SN-U110-11 Sound Effects cards if anyone's interested?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
Geoff a part time user from Canada writes:
I have had the u-20 for about six months and I have a complaint, well a couple. First things first though, I find it to be overall satisfactory, but I really find the samples too clean, the flange effect is WEAK and it doesn't make many techno-worthy sounds

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
Mark Stivers a 0 user from Sacramento, CA (USA) writes:
I got my U-20 when it first came out (about nine years ago, I think) and have used it regularly every since. The piano sound is very good --- however, if you play fast with thick chords you may notice some delays. It's famous for its distorted guitar patch (&quot;Heavy Guitar&quot;) which I have used a lot. I have two cards for it --- Sax/Trombone, which has an excellent sax sample, and the Woodwinds card, which has some of the best woodwinds I've heard, plus a good timpani. Overall, this is a good synth if you can't afford one of the JV synths.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
Noel Cragg a 0 user from USA writes:
I've owned a U20 for about 3 years. All in all, I've been quite happy with it.

The selection of sounds is adequate; if you needed one keyboard to get yourself

started with a MIDI sequencer, this wouldn't be a bad choice. I agree with

other users who have written comments here -- the user interface is a bit

bothersome. You can edit most every parameter of a sound, however,

though you really would be better off doing it with a voice editor/librarian

program. The only other annoying thing about this board is the voice allocation. When

you ask the U20 to play a lot of data near its upper note limit, the keyboard

seems to &quot;slow down&quot; in a sense. That is, notes aren't triggered immediately

as they're received over the wire -- there's a bit of a delay. Most of the

time, one doesn't run into this, however. Word has it that a later ROM version

might exhibit a slightly different behavior. Other users have complained about the keyboard on the unit itself -- mainly

the rubber pads that are used to trigger the notes. I've also noticed that

they are affected by small particles of dirt. On the other hand, the keyboard

is easy to disassemble (too many screws!); one can easily clean the pads

and save some money. FYI: if you need to replace the green PC-board-like

membrane under the keyboard itself, you can order one directly from Roland

for $35 + shipping.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
Johann Vignir Gunnarsson a hobbyist user from Iceland writes:
I bought my keyboard in 1997 for about 416 $. I use it with Cakewalk pro audio 6.0 and it works ok. I am very satisfied with my keyboard, exspecially because of the price I bought it on. I learned to play the classical piano in a musical school in Iceland for several years and therefore I was impressed mainly by the piano sound of the keyboard, and of course I always look in the money Im spending on such things (my girlfriend says so) not that I am poor or anything, well in fact I am quite rich - ha ha ha - but that is another story. At whole - I love my keyboard because of its piano-sound quality and the price I bought it for. But I didnt receive tha manual along with the RU20, wich is really really bad. hope you have a nice life

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:13
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