MATRIXSYNTH: Multivox MX-440

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Multivox MX-440


via this auction

"This is the Multivox MX-440, which is essentially a rebranded MX-202, which is essentially a Roland RS202. It has seen a good bit of use, but it functions properly and sounds great. Two chorus keycaps are missing, but the switches still work.

A little history on the MX440/MX202:

The Multivox MX202 seems to be a component-for-component copy of the RS202. If you compare the two panels, the physical similarities will be obvious. Like the Roland, the MX202/MX440 uses divide-down organ technology to generate a polyphonic sawtooth wave which is passed through a stereo chorus unit.

The MX202 also has a similar sound set - two string footages and a 'brass' sound (i.e. the sawtooth through a simple filter) and the two chorus settings added various degrees of lushness to both. Like the RS202, it has simple control of amplitude envelope with two switched attack rates and a variable release control. Further comparisons with the RS202 can be found in the MX202's keyboard split options that allowed different sounds to be played simultaneously in the low and upper halves of the keyboard."

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