Roland MC-202 MicroComposer

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This is an analog synthesizer/sequencer. It sounds very much like the TB-303 and SH-101 bass synths. Sometimes considered the "poor man's 303". It has a very evolved form of TB-303 like programming (more like the MC-4) and SH-101 like controls of the VCO, VCF, VCA, LFO, Envelope and Mixer sections. The LCD display is a great feature too.

The MC-202 was sort of a next-generation TB-303. So the idea was to program sequence/patterns into it internally which would give you those 303 basslines that we've come to love. But programming the MC-202 is a bit too intense and over done for the simple monophonic bass line. However you can control it externally by hooking up a MID-CV/Gate converter. Then you basically have yourself an SH-101!

The sequencer is actually a 2-channel CV/gate sequencer, with both channels being capable of driving a separate external synth. It's a very useful unit, also, for its DINsync capabilities; it can receive on one port, and send over two, and also can 'split' DINsync to branch a sync signal out to multiple devices.

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This machine is best for those who want to get 303-like patterns (it has accent just like the 303) and basslines with an SH-101 sound. If you can handle programming the notes into its sequencer you can have a lot of fun. It is used by Autechre, Future Sound Of London, Coldcut, The Human League, Underworld, Aphex Twin, LFO, Jedi Knights, Plastikman, Astral Projection, Sabres Of Paradise, Freddy Fresh, Jimmy Edgar, ProtoType 909 and Taylor 808.

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59 Visitor comments
greg
August 7, 2014 @ 9:36 am
This one can be yours for 550euros, condition is 9/10, check the photos here:
http://www.njuskalo.hr/studijska-oprema/roland-mc-202-oglas-10428960
I' m located in central - south - east Europe, contact me at: zelbic (at) yahoo dot com.
stan
March 21, 2014 @ 9:49 am
I'm selling mine for 600€
it just got back from ROLAND for a complete check/repair (cost me 200€...)
also got a TR-606 for 600€
email me: anterak10@gmail.com I'm in Belgium, and I go very often to Paris and Aachen if delivery needed
Reid
March 11, 2014 @ 7:21 pm
I have a fully functioning MC-202 for sale. If you are interested email me at reid.yoder@ymail.com
Will
September 2, 2013 @ 9:47 am
Has anyone ever successfully connected this to the Roland MC-4? There's a very small (1/2 page) section in the MC-202 manual which mentions this specifically, but no information that I can find on it anywhere online, about how exactly it works.
Callum
August 26, 2013 @ 6:40 pm
Hi I have a mint condition version of this machine please feel free to email me as I am looking to sell it on callumcharles96@gmail.com
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - Single VCO : Simultaneous sawtooth and square/pulse width waveforms and 1 Sub-Oscillator
  • VCA - ADSR Envelope or gate.
  • Filter - Resonant 24dB lowpass with cutoff, res, env, mod, kybd
  • LFO - 1 sine wave with delay and rate controls
  • Memory - Volatile sequence memory using batteries or do a Cassette Tape Dump
  • Sequencer - 2 Tracks, 2,729 notes capacity
  • Control - CV/GATE and Tape/Clock/DIN Sync
  • Date Produced - 1983
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