Micro-composing with the MC-202!

Micro-composing with the MC-202!

We've had a handful of old school synths come through the shop in recent months, but none of them are quite as fun, portable, and unique as the Roland MC-202 MicroComposer.

Combining the compact monophonic synthesis of the SH-101 and the pattern/sequence programming power of the TB-303, the MC-202 was Roland's first dedicated groovebox and remains a highly-respected and sought-after piece of gear to this day. The MC-202 has been used on recordings by the likes of Autechre, Aphex Twin, Future Sound of London, Underworld, and even Chicago's very own Bloodyminded.

Able to run on batteries or an external power supply, it puts a full-featured synthesizer in your lap or in your luggage while you travel. Such was the case with Alessandro Cortini, who created his album Sonno for Hospital Productions using little more than the MC-202, a delay pedal, portable speakers, and field recordings in hotel rooms around the world. We've included the opening track from Sonno below for your consideration and listening pleasure.

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