Roland U-220 sound module

Roland U-220 sound module

About:

It's got Liam's favourite string sounds on it. He has used the strings, piano and a few other sounds on Experience and Jilted albums.

The U-220 is a 1U (19-inch rackmount) module of the Roland U-20 keyboard without the keys. It has all the same sounds and features packaged in a compact single-space sound module. 128 high quality instruments, 6 part multitimbral and 30 note polyphony.  It was the successor of the U-110 that was released in 1988. The U-220 has the same LCD screen and expansion possibilities, but fewer knobs on the front panel than the U-20.

Used:

G-Force (Part 1), Everybody in the Place, Out Of Space (Preset A58 Soft Pad)

I've had that years. That's one of my all-time favourites for strings; the strings on there are a Prodigy trademark! If anyone puts a bit of chorus on those strings, you get the sound from 'Out Of Space' straight away.

I bought a sound module - a Roland U220 - and a Roland 909 drum machine. That was how the third EP came about: I wrote a track just to try out the sounds on the U220, it wasn't meant to be a track, it was just meant to be a demo to see how the U220 went. That turned out to be 'G Force' and went on the b-side of the third EP. It's actually one of the strongest tracks.

Other Roland products that has been in use


Roland related articles

The Music Technology Magazine - 1st May 1992 The Lone Raver

Future Music - 1st February 1993 Prodigious talent

Sound On Sound - 1st October 1996 Liam Howlett • The Prodigy & Firestarter

Power On - 1st January 1999 Catching Up With The Prodigy

Future Music - 1st December 2000 DIY Prodigy

Sound On Sound - 1st October 2004 Liam Howlett: Recording Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

Korg magazine - 29th November 2004 Never Outgunned: Liam Howlett

Keyboard Magazine - 1st February 2005 Trim the Fat

Sound On Sound - 1st October 2010 Jon Burton: Mixing & Recording The Prodigy Live

MusicTech magazine - 18th May 2015 Landmark Productions: The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

MusicTech magazine - 30th July 2019 Prodigy engineer/co-producer Neil Mclellan remembers the Jilted Generation sessions

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