Roland MKS-30 PLANET S

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The MKS-30 is a MIDI rack module version of the JX-3P with some enhancements. It is an analog synth with two DCO's (digitally controlled oscillators) per voice, six voice polyphony, it responds to velocity, and has 64 internal and 64 cartridge memory patches. The typical assortment of analog filter, envelope, LFO and oscillator sections are here with easy and straight-forward programming. It can be controlled by the PG-200 programmer for easier hands-on tweaking. Never quite gaining as much popularity as the JUNO series synths, this synth is as good as inexpensive analog gets! It is used by Cirrus.

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James Blight
November 6, 2008 @ 9:13 pm
Been using my Planet S every week since buying new in 1986. A few power supply parts here and there needed replacing, otherwise 22 years solid operation. Very good as a 'blending' synth. Its voice is pretty and melds will within digital orchestrations and I use it for highlighting and adding flavor and subtle color to 'flat - sounding' mixes. An old friend continues to surprise.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Single hit sounds from the Planet-S MKS-30 Synthesizer.

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO's (digitally controlled oscillators)
  • LFO - YES
  • Filter - cutoff / resonance / envelope amount / key follow
  • VCA - 1 ADSR envelope generator
  • Memory - 64 internal / 64 cartridge
  • Keyboard - none
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1983
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