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
SpiroGiro
February 26, 2012 @ 8:41 pm
sorry - here is my site for the details on the MT32 add-on patches

http://rolandsynths.jimdo.com
SpiroGiro
February 26, 2012 @ 8:38 pm
I have a library of 900 studio crafted add-on patches for the MT32 with very modern basses and LFOs etc... hear here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYeczZgRVsg

see my site too...

http://roland-synths.jimdo.com
lightman
January 27, 2012 @ 9:19 pm
This machine is double tops when it comes to playing the "let's make 80s softpr0n muzak" game. Get yourself a MT-32, the cheapest Yamaha PSS-series keyboard you can find and a computer with some audio recording software, then invite some musically-minded friends around and take turns at trying to come up with the cheesiest hooklines. Don't forget to stuff the MT's Shakuhachi patch in every track and never use those sad minor chords! ;-)
Peter
June 1, 2011 @ 9:07 pm
I think this is one of the noisiest midi modules ever! It would be nice if it weren't for the extremely poor noise/signal ration.

Avoid at all cost unless you don't have other options! ...But you do!
sydilaxe
April 8, 2011 @ 7:23 am
This was my first synth. I was part of that early Sierra generation that was introduced to Midi sequencing through a software package called Ballade. I learned synthesis on this box. I had to snag a D-50 card for my V-synth to relive some that LA synthesis nostalgia.
 
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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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