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
February 13, 2011 @ 11:33 pm
MIDI file player better than Microsoft wavetable synth but you have to hook it up to an Atari SE computer with MIDI I/O jacks. Not a joyless nostalgia fest. An old Atari or Amiga running Dr. T's KCS with this MT-32 hooked up up on a living room desk fascinates kids as much as anything.
November 27, 2010 @ 12:45 am
which after three seconds of research i realized is the same thing. d'oh.
November 27, 2010 @ 12:42 am
about to purchase one on eBay...

but the demo song provided to the left is actually the
Roland CM-32L! wish i could find one of THOSE boys lying around.
acid burn
October 24, 2010 @ 10:02 am
funny little thing i saw it at a car boot only cost me 5 pounds !!!!
January 10, 2010 @ 6:27 pm
Very noicey, but you get a lot of bang for the buck. I bought one new and at the time it offered a lot of polyphony/multi-timbral ability for little cash. If you can deal with some noise and are looking for a cheap module there's worse out there.
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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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