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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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DJ Calyx a part-time user from SLO Town writes:
<-- Just got the hang of my new MC-202 --> This is one awesome little machine!!

1. It's sound is extremely fat and is truly analog. Can do great dirty acid lines, but has far more capabilities as well.

2. The sequencer has the same slide and accent capabilites of the tb-303. These are essential for the recognizible sound of acid. An sh-101 won't do the same thing because it doesn't have portamento(slide).

3. It is extremely useful to control other synths in your collection. It has cv/gate in and out and roland din sync in and out. It also has tape sync in, which I use to sync it to the timing of my MPC60II. Works perfectly. Huge possibilites with these options.

4. The step sequencer takes a little time to learn, but once you get the hang of it (it's not THAT hard!, just keep a calculator next to it!!) It can create the most complex basslines. Or easily create simple ones. (:plus, people think you're a genius when they watch you create a bassline;)

5. Possibly the most important factor: It's tiny. It's a little plastic box. So many vintage analog synths are big dusty beasts. This thing has a huge sound for how inconspicuous it looks. Don't let the plastic construction scare you. Mine seems to be very sturdy, and the sliders are robust little things(not as flimsy as roland sliders on other synths(jx's, juno's, jupiter's)). It doesn't seem to generate any heat either! You know how a studio full of analog equipment gets in the summer!!

So, I think the MC-202 combines alot of great elements, and is now one of the most favored tools in my studio. five out of five. You should grab one while they're still kind of a secret. They really get overshadowed by the TB-303 and SH-101, but if you have all three, the MC-202 will be their master!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-09-2004 at 14:32
Murphy Bender a professional user from USA writes:
This Machine turned me onto cv gating instruments I love the sound & the new syncing capabilities..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-14-2004 at 22:15
SYNTEX77 a professional user from Italy writes:
Great analog machine, unique small box width real big analog sound, same at the sh101 (have little difference on the lfo and don't have the noise) width a 2 tracks sequencer. Is similar at the tb303, don't have the same superb sound, but can make a big range of sound...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-09-2004 at 12:23
Lucid from US writes:
I just picked up a 202 off ebay for $211.It's mint condition (no dents/scratches) and includes a midi to din sync converter! now tell me thats not a great deal!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-18-2003 at 17:42
Rodge a professional user from Australia writes:
Roland MC202 for sale, mint with manual and adapter. I need cash pretty quick so it must go sadly :(

Will post worldwide, I pack really well and have ebay feedback.

Email if you're interested.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-18-2003 at 11:30
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