Roland D-10 1989-2000s

Martin bought this keyboard pretty much at the same time as I got the TX16W, so I was far too in love with my new sampler to be blown away by it, though at the time, I kind of should have been. Once you figured out how to access all the features, it was essentially an 8 instrument synth module, controller keyboard, drum machine, and sequencer all in one unit. The drum and synth sounds could be reasonably good, particularly if you compared them to my previous Yamaha gear.

Roland D-10 1989-2000s Roland D-10

Gabriel and Martin both used the D-10 frequently, and I would periodically try to get some decent sounds out of it, but I found that over the years, my resentment of the D-10 ate away at me like a cancer. We had issues.

For one thing, it seemed to be possibly targeted more for motel lounge acts on a budget who needed a simple drum machine, or a way to sketch out basic musical ideas. It was a bit of a beast to come up with truly interesting sounds, and as the buttons and keys started to function intermittently, it became increasingly frustrating. It seemed like every 6 months or so we had to open it up and clean the contacts. Eventually, I started replacing the broken internal switches with spare parts from old VCRs.

Gabriel got pretty comfortable with the editing process, and if we were running out of sounds on our samplers, sometimes D-10 sounds were added. The synth line in “Sick” is D-10, and “C.I.R.S.2” has a lot of D-10 on it.

At some point in the early 2000s, the D-10 moved to Calgary, where the percentage of irreparable buttons and keys became overwhelming, and it accidentally fell into a dumpster. I might still have a button somewhere.