November 1, 2012

Roland MC-202


Well, I've sort of been on the fence about this for a while but i finally bit the bullet. I got an MC-202 today. Some say the sequencer is "needlessly complex", but with two tracks of CV and variable gate times I'm willing to take a stab at it. Besides, with the weather being what it is there isn't much else I can do. I'll be shut in for the next few days with nothing but the MC-202 and it's manual. No electricity. Just kidding, I'll have electricity. If I didn't, how could I... ?

6 comments:

  1. I can't think of a better way to hold out during a storm!
    Are you going to use a Roland SH-101 to match with it?

    Sam

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  2. Ascetically they are a perfect match. But no... I don't have a 101! But I do have an 09 and a little System 100m. I think that 100m is going to get that second channel of CV from 202's sequencer.

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  3. Oh i see, well you've probably played around with a 101 before, but I think they are brilliant machines. I think it's the simple sequencer that draws me in.

    If you manage to get along with the 202 it'd be great to hear something inspired by this moody weather.

    Sam

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  4. I have played around with a 101 a bit, it is essentially the same this as an 09... just the 09 doesn't have the sequencer. And I believe with the 101 you can't put a delay on the modulation which is a shame!

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  5. i thought the sh 09 and 101 were totally different? are you oversimplifying by saying they are the same but the 09 lacks a sequencer? i already have an 09, but am considering getting a 101..but if they make the same sounds then no...

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  6. I suppose I'm over simplifying a bit. But they are quite similar. The 101 has adjustable volumes for the oscillator's square and sawtooth waveforms, the 09 does not. And the 101 can't put a delay on the LFO (such a shame...). Then the sequencer of course. Other than those things they're essentially the same synthesizer. That's just technically speaking though. I think the 09 has a certain magical quality that the 101 does not.

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