Stereoping Programmer Roland MKS-80
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Includes Manual & Power Supply.
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The Stereoping ‘Synth Programmer’ is the next logical step after our successful Synth Controller. It allows direct access to all parameters of your favourite music synthesizer – with 45 pots, 4 endless dials, a 2×16 character display and 7 old-school pushbuttons. High quality electronic parts in a tough and cute steelcase Made in Germany.
The Synth Programmer will be available in several editions, each highly specialized and optimized in visual design and firmware to get the most out of the supported synthesizer. More about the available editions in the tab ‘EDITIONS’.
The programmer will be connected to your synth in a loop (MIDI IN to MIDI OUT and vice versa) for both to use the same initial patch-parameter values. On turning a knob the display shows – besides the new – also the ‘old’ value for targeted, non-destructive editing. Of course the programmer has a second MIDI IN jack to be connected to your DAW or sequencer. Incoming Midi data will be merged with the parameter changes from the frontpanel and will be sent together into your synthesizer. You can tweak the sound while the sequencer fires notes into the synth at the same time.
The 45 most important parameters are assigned directly to pots. The remainings are clustered in groups and quickly accessible over display and encoders.
One feature we always loved on vintage synthesizers is the Chord Memory. We therefore thought it would be nice to integrate one in the Synth Programmer. A learnt chord (up to 6 notes) can be transposed on the keyboard by pressing just one key. The Chord Memory of the Synth Programmer does not only memorize one chord, it offers five, each with it’s own strum delay! These five ‘Chord-Slots’ can be swapped quickly by midi notes to play or automate the most complex chord progressions. All your learnt chords will be saved automatically and are instantly available after the next powerup.
Each Synth Programmer comes with a decent, detailed, printed operation manual in english. For the DIY kit we will offer a pictured building instructions PDF. The kit is complete: all parts, pre-programmed MPU, knobs and a tough steelcase with faceplate.
Synth Programmer Editions
The Synth Programmer will be offered in 5 Editions, each carefully designed and programmed to get the most of the targeted synthesizer. It is NOT possible to swap the editions directly on the programmer. This would not make any sense – the faceplate would not match anymore. The Matrix does not have any Wave Envelope and the Microwaves Oscillators have no Crossmodulation e.g. But you can dump any edition into the programmer, so you can safely try out all the others. We also will offer faceplates separately. If you decide to permanently swap to another edition – no problem.
The edition for the Roland MKS-80 is the brand new alternative to overpriced and battered MPG-80s from the bay. From what we heard, the original MPG80 should behave somewhat sluggish in combination with the MKS80. Not so the Synth Programmer: all parameter-changes happen immediately and smooth as a hot knife running through butter. In addition you can remote the most important parameters by ordinary midi CC messages. All possibilities of the MPG-80 are supported – we did not forget the blue parameters like e.g. BALANCE or OCTAVE SHIFT. They also got blue knob caps :-) The development of the ’80’ Edition is not yet finished.
Front height: 2.5" (bottom to knob top)
Rear height:3.5" (bottom to knob top)
Depth: 5.25" (3U rack height)