Friday, October 01, 2010

Roland MC-202 Microcomposer

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Yamaha DX7 II FD Synthesiser

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"The DX7 II model is an improvement over the original DX7 as it has better d/a converters so you get the same great sounds but with better signal to noise ratio. It also has much better midi implementation along with twice the number of voices and sounds can be layered into performances so it is more like the original DX5 and DX1 models in this respect."

Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

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"Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar Digital FM Keyboard with MIDI out including original strap. Not only does it have 25 FM voices, 25 rhythms (inc intros & fills, synchro start & end), a chord sequencer, auto bass & chord modes and a transpose button, it has a pitch bend wheel and buttons for vibrato, portamento (slide) and sustain! Oh yes, an excellent Wham! demo tune (swoon).

And it can be used as a MIDI controller - probably one of the cheapest ways of getting a highly portable controller and, of course, one with such inimitable style. With this keytar's MIDI out socket, you can control external MIDI instruments. I have used this keyboard to play a 'proper' hardware synth, change programmes, add modulation and pitch bend - outstanding!! This was easy to set up but you can download the manual here for full operating instructions and specifications.

The all-important battery cover is present (you wouldn't want to risk the batteries tumbling out while you're in the middle of a solo, playing the keytar behind your head, would you?) and battery compartment clean and rust-free (see pic).

It takes 6 xAAs (not included) and has a socket for an AC adapter. It also has a 1/4" socket for headphones/aux out, which cuts out the built-in speaker when a plug is inserted - handy if you use it as a MIDI controller."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600

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