Grooveboxes are amazing tools for anyone doing electronic music, so I thought a topic about them would be more well timed now!
Some time ago I got a MOTU 828 MkII that I intended to keep as my spare sound card...
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably remember my past post about why I'm not so keen on recent groove boxes - htt...
If you remember, I promised to make quite some posts about the Clavia Nord Modular G2, but so far, it has been a bit absent from this blog.....
More precisely, they are working with the new re-issue of the CEM 3340 chip, which, a VCO chip used on many truly classic synths!
If you remember my previous posts, the idea behind these two performances was to compare the Korg MS20 with the Korg iMS20 (controlled by th...
If you never heard about them, that's not surprising, as these machines are really really rare!
Do you remember my "Improving Your Reverbs" post? This is kinda of a follow up!
And this time, the setup is completely different!
Before I get a “real” synth post ready for you, I thought it would be nice to post some photos of an extremely rare machine, the Axcel Te...
quarta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2017
Roland MC-202 versus Roland TB-303?
The Roland TB-303 is the classic acid machine, with a superb sound, but not that much versatile synth engine...
The Roland MC-202, on the other hand, has a much more featured synth engine, pretty similar to the classic Roland SH-101, but the sequencer ends up not being as good since you can't change patterns (there is only a single pattern that you can loop).
The sequencer is actually much more complex, and you even get a second track to sequence other gear with CV/Gate, but it ends up being much less useful than the one from the Roland TB-303...
In practice, I think the Roland TB-303 ends up being more useful, mainly due to the sequencer it features (which allows you to change pattern without changing the sound!).
But in terms of sound, the extra possibilities the Roland MC-202 offer are definitely useful, especially if you don't aim for that specific Roland TB-303 sound, as both of them sound pretty good to me.
To be honest, for these tasks and classic Roland sound, I think the best machine ends up not being any of these, but instead the amazing Roland SH-101.
Unlike the Roland MC-202 and Roland TB-303, the Roland SH-101 is a keyboard rather than a desktop unit, but it still features a very nice sequencer that ends up setting it apart.
To me, this is the easiest sequencer to use from this lot, and together with a drum machine with trigger output (like a Roland TR-909), it is very easy to transform your sequence in realtime (which you can't really do with any of the other units, despite on the Roland TB-303 you are able to switch patterns) and come up with really creative rhythms!
And on top of that, you can play with the keyboard to make really nice synth solos (if you are lucky to get the mod-grip, you can even use it as a keytar for some extra style!).
However, they all share the same problem most other Roland machines from the era have, they are definitely overpriced...
Still, I intend to keep them all as they are definitely special machines (but don't think I'd really get them at their current prices...).
Also, the Roland MC-202 is pretty useful as a DIN-Sync hub, which I really need in my setup!
With a DIN-Sync input and two DIN-Sync outputs, I can connect the DIN-Sync output of my Sequentix P3 to the Roland MC-202 and have it sending DIN-Sync to my Roland TB-303 and Roland TR-909.
And you, which one would you choose?