Roland MT-32

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A home marketed module with sounds like the popular D-50. It uses the same basic LAS type digital synthesis to create its sounds. And it has some rhythm presets that sound like the TR-626 rhythm machine. However this module is quite rough around the edges, and it's noisy too. It isn't rack-mountable, and was intended to be used in conjunction with a MIDI keyboard, sequencer (like the PR-100) or computer software. Aside from basic volume, tuning, reverb, and timbre/part selection, on-board sound editing is not available and can only be achieved externally with knowledge of the MT-32's MIDI implementation. Through MIDI you can edit the modulation, timbres, pan, expression and hold controls. Unfortunately, the programmable memory dissapears when turned off, requiring MIDI SysEx dumping for memory storage.

It has 128 sounds grouped into 17 instrument groups like bass, synth, wind, perc, etc. The MT-32 is also 8-part multitimbral, one of which is the rhythm track. There are 6 'Part' buttons on the face of the module for useful access to changing patches within a part. The MT-32 is a cheap source for quick access to D-50 sounds in a box, but remember that it is not exactly pro-quality and would most benefit newcomers to synthesizer-music who are on a very limited budget.

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32 Visitor comments
johnny
June 10, 2009 @ 9:58 am
I love it. Once you unlock its hidden possibilities it really sounds like a D-50. Awesome.
Mezzo
April 29, 2009 @ 2:34 pm
Noise, noise, noise. Pass on this one unless its free.
Mark
March 15, 2009 @ 5:15 am
I bought one of these 20 years ago and still have it. When hooked up to my Casio MG-510, its capable of some very "interesting" sounds and always surprises an audience :)
Andy
October 12, 2008 @ 8:07 am
I for one love my CM-32L (computer version), although it's rather useless without the PG-10 (which I'm dying to find, but nobody is selling :P) and all the sounds are soaked in that horrible reverb as a default setting. Sierra and Lucasarts managed to tweak some really nice patches out of it.

But it's great for playing old MS-DOS games...maybe I'm a geek, but those were the days! Wouldn't sell it for the world - it stays here with my old 486 and MPU-IPC-T MIDI interface ;)
Taxie
September 18, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
Well..I still have mind..Got it NEW when it hit the store..even got the rack kit for it lol and I have the pr-100..I needit that because I had the GR-700 and it worked on that too..lol..All I can say is ..It did the job at that time for home studios....and It still looks good..lol..Taxie
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voice (32 partials)
  • Multitimbral - 9 parts
  • Oscillators - Digital LAS (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) & PCM
  • Effects - Digital Reverb
  • Filter - None
  • Memory - 128 synth presets, 64 volatile programmable, 28 rhythm presets
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987

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