MATRIXSYNTH: Rare Roland MPU-500 Sequencer

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Rare Roland MPU-500 Sequencer


If anyone knows more about the Roland MPU-500, let us know. This is the first post to feature one.

It was spotted by Riva Lima on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge Facebook Group. I ran a quick Google search and I couldn't find much info, but I did find a car cigarette style adapter for it on Amazon! You know, for the one person out there that wants to use it in their car. They also have a standard replacement adapter for it. The adapters are actually from MyVolts who make chained power supplies for the Korg Volcas and Roland Boutiques.

There is no manual for the MPU-500 on Roland's manual archive, but I did find the following references:

"MRD-500 RHYTHM BANK - S-MRC (PC ONLY)
This is the Roland MRD-500 Rhythm Bank software. This file contains many rhythm patterns for the MC-50/MC-50mkII or MC-500mkII MicroComposer. Use the PKUNZIP program to uncompress this file to a floppy disk."

MRM-500 SMF CONVERTER (PC - 57K)
"This SDISK file is the MRM-500 Standard MIDI File converter for the MC-500 and MC-50. This SDISK file is the S-550 Library Converter for the S-50 sampler."

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