Roland MC-202 Upgraded

US Tubbutec MC-2oh2 adds a wealth of performance features      27/03/23

Tubbutec are back with another inspired re-imagining of a classic vintage synth. This time it's the Roland MC-202, adding a host of expansive features on top of what's already possible. The modification replaces the original CPU, keyboard PCB and display of an MC-202 - and adds a completely new control scheme for MC-202 synthesizers. It's also compatible with the 'DIN-SYNC RE-202' project. Here's the features:

  • Optimized for live performance, turns your 202 into a 'groove box'.
  • Three completely independent synthesizer control channels:
    The internal synth, the 2nd CV/gate output and a 3rd MIDI out or DRUM channel. Each channel has its own clock divider and MIDI input and output.
  • Can be clocked via MIDI, DIN-sync or trigger using the TAPE-input
  • Versatile sequencer with 32 patterns, chainable in song mode, edit patterns and songs while playing, shortcuts for quick live arrangement. Seven sequencer play directions.
  • Sequence editor with copy, paste, insert and delete options, can modify note pitch, length and note-modifiers on the fly
  • Arpeggiator with multiple octaves, seven direction modes including 'order of key press'. Can inherit the 'chemistry' of existing sequences, optional euclidian mode and live shortcuts.
  • Additional modulations:  Accent, Filter and PW envelopes
  • Additional noise sound with envelope.
  • 8-bit LOFI drum sample output with various sound modifiers, sample packs can be uploaded via MIDI
  • Save and recall up to 8 sets containing sequencer and modulation parameters. No batteries needed
  • MIDI CC control of all additional parameters, filter cutoff, pulse width, clock dividers and more.
  • Midi velocity can be linked to various sound parameters.
  • Various CV-input modes including a 'direct' mode.
  • Optional HiRes version of MC-2oh2 allows pitch bend control and microtonal tunings.
  • High quality OLED display
  • Firmware update via MIDI sysex

A detailed guide and list of all features can be found in the user guide.

More information on the Tubbutec site:


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