The Roland MC-202 MicroComposer is
a Two Channel Digital Sequencer equipped with a monophonic
The innovative technology used to develop the MC-4 is used in the refinement
of the MC-202.
Capable of storing up to 2600 notes of music in two channels, the MC-202
can reproduce approximately 160 measures in one channel.
Newly developed keyboard style switches are used to write pitch data
or for real time writing just as if it were an ordinary keyboard.
The Step Key writing mode and Real Time writing with a
built-in metronome are firsts for a digital sequencer and give the MC-202
the ability to write much more sophisticated music.
It is also possible to write with the numerical keyboard just like the
A variety of performance commands can also be memorized by the MC-202
including, Portamento and Accent.
An LCD readout will display the remaining memory capacity as
well as pitch, rhythm, and performance data.
The Power Save function cuts the power supply except for that necessary
for memory protection. No saving and loading of data is required until
the data is completed when the Power Save is used.
A Cassette Tape Interface is provided for nearly unlimited data storage
on an ordinary tape recorder.
The built-in synthesizer has similar controls to the SH-101
and allows the user to hear with headphones the music as it is being
When another 1 Volt/octave synthesizer like the SH-101 is connected
to the MC-202, two channel performance is possible.
The MC-202 may also be loaded from the keyboard
of the external synthesizer.
Three DIN jacks are provided for synchronized performance
with an additional MC-202, or a Roland TR-606 Drumatix and Roland
The Tape Sync function enables the MC-202 to play a synchronized
performance with previously recorded music.
The MC-202 is capable of producing a signal
that is recorded on one track of the tape recorder The MC-202 can then
read its signal and synchronize its performance to it.
The MC-202 is expandable in a wide variety of ways.
The CV and Gate outputs can be used
for assigning one channel to control melody and control volume with
the other channel when used in conjunction with synthesizers such as
the Roland System 100M.
The MC-202 is small in size and light in weight. It easily slips into
a briefcase or instrument case.
Memory capacity: Approx. 2,600 notes o Input mode: Manual input,
Real Time input, Tap input
VCO: LFO modulation, Range (16' ~ 2'), Pulse Width Modulation
(LFO, ENV) Mixer: IL /1, SUB OSC (1oct.rU, 2oct.flJ,2oct. ILJ)
VCF: Cut-off frequency, Resonance, ENV MOD, LFO MOD, Key follow
(0 ~ 100%)
VCA: ENV, Gate · ENV: Attack time (2 ms 1.5 s), Delay
time (2 ms ^' 5 s), Sustain level (0 N 100%), Release time (2 ms N 5
LFO: Rate (0.2 Hz ~ 10 Hz). Delay (0
Controls: Portamento, Accent Tuning: ±50 cent
Tempo: J = 40 300
Rear panel: AC adapter jack (PSA series), Out put, Phones, EXT
SYNTH CV out, EXT SYNTH gate out, Built-in SYNTH CV out, Built-in SYNTH
gate out, EXT KYBD CV in, EXT KYBD gate in, Load/tape SYNC in, Save/tape
SYNC out, Calibration, SYNC out x 2, SYNC in
Dimensions: 343 (W) x 55(H) x 204(D)mm (13.5" x 2.17' x
Weight: 1.35 kg (2.97 lb.)
Accessories: Connection cord (PJ-1) x 1, Demonstration tape x
1, Battery (BR-2) x 6
Option: SC-202 soft case