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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Paul a part-time user from Poland writes:
I'm just digging inside D10 (It had hard life, I have a heartache as I look at it :( )

Every key has horizontal slot at its end. With this slot it has been slipped on edge of horizontal L shaped chassis plate. This is kind of pivot for key. Under every key there is double microswitch made of rubber with conducting parts (like inside keyboard of TV remote controller). If you press the key, conducting part of switch connect two carbon contacts on PCB under key. Every key has two contacts under it, for key velocity measuring. One rubber column with conducting plastic is shorter then if you depress the key first connect one contact and some time later the second one.

Keyboard controller measures time between first and second contact closure in keyboard scanning units. This time is inversely proportional to the key velocity, eg. higher velocity -> shorter time. If you release key, contacts open in reverse order and keyboard controller is able to measure key release velocity.

xy - contacts state 0 - open, 1-closed

00 Key up 01 Key depressed - timer is starting (from 127 down to 1) .... Key is moving down (for time inverse proportional to velocity) 11 Key down ----> MIDI (NOTE ON, #NOTE, timer_state) ----> timer reset to 127 01 Key is released - timer is starting .... Key is moving up. 00 Key is in released. -> MIDI (NOTE OFF, #NOTE, timer_state)

For proper keyboard work both contacts have to work properly, otherwise keyboard controller is not able to position the key. Check the rubber contacts state (be careful, that rubber is very thin) and contacting areas on PCB. If both are good check diodes beside key contacts and if both are good, check cables between keboard PCB and mainboard.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-18-2008 at 19:43
marshal a hobbyist user from Turkmenistan writes:
Yes! so hold.i

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-14-2007 at 00:18
Mather's Studios a hobbyist user from UK writes:
In reply to Luis - I think under each of the keys there is possibly a rubber plunger onto which the keys would normally press down to make the contact for the sound (as is the case with mini key keyboards). I'm not 100% sure but if there is, try pushing these down to see if you can get the notes for where these missing keys are. If you can trigger the notes then the system board is still alright and it should be possible to get some replacement keys. There are different types of keys - for example the Korg 01/w and the Yamaha DX7 use different key mechanisms to the Roland and obviously they aren't weighted. The keys on the D-10 are lighter and more like on a Korg X5 or the new Roland SH-201 (it tends to be the cheaper synths that have these very light keys). I guess if only the keys are missing these could probably be supplied or even plundered from a broken synth and put in.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-07-2007 at 13:03
Luis a hobbyist user from Bristol, UK writes:
I have just find one of those on the "trash" can (I know is difficult to believe) and after a bit of restoration I am starting to enjoy every bit of it. Nevertheless I have a problem. 3 of the black keys are broken and Roland says it is discontinued. Any idea of where can I find these keys to finish the restoration? regards

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2007 at 06:29
Mather's Studios a hobbyist user from England writes:
I just bought this keyboard a week ago for an absolute bargain price of 100 quid. For the money I paid, this is a pretty high spec synth.

What made the D series synths unique was that they combined traditional analogue synthesis with digital sampling. Seemingly the only way to make a sound more realistic was to sample it but memory back in the 80s was expensive so there was only room to sample the attack transients. The rest of the sound is handled with conventional subtractive analogue synthesis.

The best sounds are definitely without a doubt those rock organs. The rotary effect on a real organ is immitated perfectly on this synth, and sounds way better than the organs on my Korg 01w. Also, because you've got analogue waveforms, you can create pretty decent string pads too. Some of the pianos are okay-ish but the decays are too short and if you hold a chord down it's too obvious that the sound is a composite of two different types of sound rather than a coherent single one. The fretless basses are pretty nice and the slap bass samples are pretty good but too short so they would probably benefit from layering with another synth. Also, the animation and chorusin effects found in acoustic instruments that the Yamaha DX7 could emulate so well is much more difficult on the D-10 in the absence of the complex feedback loops and changes in timbre that the DX7 handled with ease. This means that while your attack side is more realistic because of the samples, the decay side is more static and lacks the realism and depth you could get on the DX7. Solution: layer the two together...

The construction is pretty good too - made from aluminium on the top and steel on the base, it weighs in at almost half the weight of the Yamaha DX7 at around eight kilos but is still reassuringly weighty and sturdy to play. My only gripe about the construction is that you can hear the sounds of the springs under the keys echoing around the keyboard if you tap them.

I still have yet to program the D-10 but definitely lie in a position, as a Yamaha DX7 owner, to say that the editing on the D-10 is even less obvious than the DX7. In edit mode on the D-10 you are not offered the luxury of knowing what the panel controls do - there's no labelling so the whole thing is very much a hit and hope affair indeed.

I think the best things about the D-10 are its string pads and synth bell/atmospheric type sounds, and the on-board drum programmer is also a great feature catering for self indulgent bedroom jamming without having to worry that you're using a cheap home keyboard. The D-10 proudly displays the word 'synthesizer' on its front panel, and rightfully so!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-18-2004 at 16:30
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