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Title: Roland S-10 (1986) digital sampling keyboard (quickdisk)
Post by: chrisNova777 on December 02, 2015, 08:56:10 PM
quickdisk floppy drive?

The Roland S-10 is a very limited consumer-grade keyboard sampler. Its sampling specs are limited to a 12-bit, 30kHz sample-rate. With only 256k of internal memory spread over 4 banks (64k per bank) you get a maximum sample time of 4.4 seconds (1.1 seconds per bank). That's hardly enough for any serious music production. Samples can be stored and loaded on a built-in 2.8" floppy disk system called the Quick Disk drive (which isn't very quick by today's standards). Fortunately the 4 sample banks translate to 4-part multitimbrality in which the 4 banks can be played simultaneously, split and layered across the keyboard and so on.

Roland has created some nice libraries for the S-10 which are on disk. If you find yourself looking for a very cheap sampling keyboard for general fun and use, make sure you get these sample libraries with the S-10. To create your own samples, although the S-10 has its limits, sampling is pretty easy and was designed for any novice to intermediate player. 30kHz or 15kHz sampling is available, and the S-10 has a pretty good auto-loop feature. The 12-bit resolution and 30-15kHz sample-rates mean lo-fi quality (which you might find desirable). Further edit parameters include sample trimming, looping, reverse, tuning, envelope editing, filtering, velocity effects and hi-pass or low-pass filtering. All this editing is achieved by assigning the parameters to a dial or wheel just like the Alpha Juno series.

The MKS-100 is a rackmount version of the S-10, but the S-220 is an upgraded and enhanced rackmount version of the S-10 / MKS-100 that appeared in 1987. Both the S-10, MKS-100 and S-220 make ideal entry-level instruments for anyone interested in keyboard samplers. The S-10 has been used by D:ream.
Title: Re: Roland S-10 (1986) sampling keyboard
Post by: chrisNova777 on July 17, 2017, 04:58:03 AM
Title: Re: Roland S-10 (1986) sampling keyboard
Post by: iRelevant on August 23, 2017, 08:01:54 AM
I'm using one of these. It's great. Bought it as a wreck, and it is still in a state of repair. Has the Quick Drive system, with a defective drive ... which is common. The drivebelt has "melted" away, but plan on replacing it. Changed a few sticky buttons. It is still very usable. Transfers data in and out via midi fairly quick, samples are not to big. There is a great library program for it, the "S10 Manager" v 0.5.1 freeware, which is a must have. Works under win7. Huge sample library available. Nice 12-bit sounds. My favorite sampling keyboard. I also have a S-50 which sounds much better, but is much more complex to use. The S-10 is primitive and nice. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Roland S-10 (1986) sampling keyboard
Post by: iRelevant on August 23, 2017, 11:22:11 PM
Good stuff.
My S-10 Just broke down :( Turned it on after not using it for a while, everything looked normal ... noticed some high frequency buzzing sound ... then I pushed some button ... and all lights went out. Turned it on and of ... dead. If anyone has any idea what the problem might be ... please let me know. I'm wondering if it could be some capacitor dying of old age or something.
Title: Re: Roland S-10 (1986) sampling keyboard
Post by: iRelevant on August 23, 2017, 11:30:19 PM
Just found the link for the S-10 Manager Homepage. It's a great tool, also works for the MKS-100.

Title: Re: Roland S-10 (1986) sampling keyboard
Post by: chrisNova777 on August 26, 2017, 11:01:03 AM