MATRIXSYNTH: Philips / Brother PCM 100 Composer Digital Sequencer

Friday, November 14, 2008

Philips / Brother PCM 100 Composer Digital Sequencer

via this auction

"Philips / Brother PCM 100 Composer Digital Sequencer
Very Rare portable digital sequencer from Philips / Brother
Somewhat of an oddity - tape based sequencer, with FM style digital synth
Playable with membrane keyboard, 100 onboard fm sounds
Fully featured rudimentary sequencer, with step and realtime input, 4 channels
Record results or data to inbuilt cassette! (see photos for details)
This unit also includes connectors for a guitar strap, or similar
uses 6 AA batteries (included), or a 9v power adaptor (not included)
Unfortunately, no english manual is available for the pcm 100, but a foreign language copy is available here"
Update via audiblesmiler (at) audiblesmile dot co dot uk:

"At one point in my career I ended up as the Technical Manager for the group within Philips that supported this gizmo.

(I remember how I found that out too - one day I found a stash of them in a store cupboard, and called the Philips Support main product support line to see if they could put me through to the tech support for it. Every time I tried it was busy, so after 3 or 4 attempts I asked if I could have the name and number, which they wouldn't normally give, but since it was an internal call, they trusted me. They gave me my own name and number...)

I've got a copy of the English user manual, and I'm happy to take requests for individual copies until I can get it scanned in and PDF'd. If there's enough demand I can do that over the coming holidays."


  1. It looks neater than it really is.

  2. Darn tootin. Definitely only for collectors. Very boring preset FM sounds with most sounding remarkably similar.
    No secret 303 here.

  3. you could mail me the user manual..i wanna work with it
    would be nice--greez from hanburg



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