MATRIXSYNTH: Roland MC-500 | Pt.2 - Features and Setup

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Roland MC-500 | Pt.2 - Features and Setup

Espen Kraft

Espen Kraft Roland MC-500 posts

"As I got many questions, comments and feedback from both newcomers and experienced users I thought I'd share some of my replies in a video this time.

The major hardware difference between the MC500 and the MC500 MkII is that note storage capacity has been roughly quadrupled to 100,000 notes. Everything else is a software update. The new Super MRC software offers more editing facilities and assorted other functions than the original MRC500 software, and doubles the number of phrase tracks available to eight, whilst retaining the familiar dedicated rhythm and tempo tracks. Basic specifications of the system remain unchanged, such as the eight song memory and the operation of the various functions. The new software may be purchased separately, and will run on an MC500, an MC300, as well as the new MC500 MkII; the only difference between its operation on the three machines being memory capacity. (Ref. Sound on Sound Oct.1988) The MC-300 has another type of buttons, the same buttons as later appeared in the MC-50. Smaller and more flimsy and over time many users have reported they brake. I have not experienced that myself after years of use with the MC-50, but I prefer the buttons on the MC-500 for sure.

Be aware that the original MC-500 can have its memory expanded to become a MC-500mkII for all practical purposes."

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