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Roland U-220 RS-PCM Sound Module

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    The Roland U-220 sound module offers some great new additions to it's LA Synthesis line.

    Main Features

    High quality RS-PCM sound generator RS-PCM stands for ReSynthesized Pulse Code Modulation. PCM is a method of digitally recording a waveform. However simply recording and playing back the sound of an instrument is not enough to create a truly musical sound. RS-PCM sound generation uses Roland's advanced signal processing technology to process and resynthesize musical sounds recorded by PCM, to create realistic and playable musical sounds.

    The U-220 contains 128 high quality instrumental sounds ranging from piano and other sounds appropriate for a classical or jazz ensemble, to the synthesizer sounds of rock and fusion. Various parameters (aspects of the sound) such as pitch and level can be adjusted for each Tone (sound) to allow you detailed control over timbral nuances. Tones from a separately sold PCM card (sound library SN-U110 series) can be used in addition to the tones built into the U-220, Multi timbral sound generator

    The U-220 contains a multi-timbral sound generator that can simultaneously produce 6 parts and a rhythm part The sounds (timbres) and effects of each part can be stored in 64 different settings as patches. When using a MIDI sequencer, this allows a single U-220 to produce all the instrumental sounds of an entire ensemble. Tone assignments and settings for the rhythm part can be stored as one of four rhythm setups. You can select any one of these four to use as the rhythm part.

    Multi outputs & Voice reserve

    The U-220 has three sets of stereo output; Mix Out, Direct Out 1, and Direct Out 2. These output can also be used as multiple outputs. Each sound can be sent from its own output terminal, allowing you to use an external mixer and effect units to mix and process each sound independently.The U-220 can produce up to 30 voices at once. The voice reserve settings allow you to specify how many voices will be used by each part.

    Built-in digital effect

    The U-220 includes a built in digital reverb/chorus effect unit, providing a spacious feeling of stereo depth. Each sound patch can be given its own effect settings.

    Jump function

    The jump function allows you to instantly jump (move) to a specified display. In addition to the pre-defined jump destinations, you may also define your own. Using the jump function allows you to edit more efficiently.

    Map function

    The U-220 allows you to create a Program Change Number map that specifies which sound will be selected by each incoming MIDI program change. Patches, timbres, rhythm sets, and rhythm instruments each have four maps.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: ROM, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, Triangle
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 30
    Timbrality: 1
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches RAM: 128
    Patches ROM: 128
    Multipatches RAM: 64
    Multipatches ROM: 64
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    chorus and reverb
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
    Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 24
    Display Count V: 2
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 19 x 14-1/8 x 1-3/4
    Weight: 9 lb 11oz
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 7
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Power: 20w
    Year Released: 1989
    Manuals & Documents
    Used Price: $65-$150 - convert
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