MATRIXSYNTH: Roland MKS-50 Alpha Juno Synthesizer w/ Programmer PG-300

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Roland MKS-50 Alpha Juno Synthesizer w/ Programmer PG-300

via this auction

"The MKS-50 is a very rare synthesizer module from the mid-80's. It is the rack version of the Alpha-Juno 1 and 2 synthesizers. The MKS-50 is a six-voice polyphonic programmable synthesizer module, featuring a poly mode and a solo mode (that at the time was in vogue to use with a MIDI guitar - so that each string had one voice and MIDI channel - this was before the current crop of MIDI guitar interfaces).

The MKS-50 can store up to 128 "tones", which in turn can combined with performance control functions into 'patches'. There's also a useful "chord" function (when you press one key, a whole chord will sound) that techno/house artists of all kinds used and abused during the early 90s: there are 16 programmable spots for these chords although the factory-programmed ones are some of the most used.

The PG-300 is a very useful companion to the MKS-50, as programming become "immediate" and "hands on".

The sound character of this series of synths is a cross between the Juno and MKS synthesizers - The tone is silky and lush, but with some programming it can definitely sound huge, beautiful and nasty."

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