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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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sutekh from usa writes:
(Oops, I hit tab and enter and accidentally submitted.)

I was going to add that despite my current inability to use it with MIDI. I think this is a great little machine. But I wouldn't spring the $450 for it unless you fall in love with it. I got mine for $175 and I don't think that it's worth any more than $300 at the highest.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-10-1998 at 03:21
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Lovely little acid machine. But it goes beyond techno. This synth sounds about as Synth Pop 80's as you can get. It was also used by a lot of "Industrial" bands in the 80's (Skinny Puppy, Severed Heads, etc.).

Many say the MC202 is the closest you can get to the sound of a TB303 (better than any emulator). So if this appeals to you, you won't be disappointed.

But the MC202 is also just an all around great synth. Perhaps a little think compared to older Rolands (like the SH2). But it's a real analog, so that should appeal to the vintage hounds out there.

My biggest problem with this synth so far is that I can't get it to respond to CV/GATE very well, and therefore haven't been able to use it in my MIDI set up. But I found a CV/GATE upgrade on the Kenton Electronics page.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-10-1998 at 03:19
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
Weird little machine this.. basically a 2-note poly sequencer that drives it`s own built in monosynth and a second outboard synth via CV/Gate, it can also drive 2 ext synths one of which plays the same line as the onboard. The synth itself is based on the SH101 and therefore rather clean and characterless but can plop out gobs of bass if pushed hard enough, it loses the Noise generator and the different LFO shapes (REAL SHAME!) but gains LFO delay, also the keyboard is of the rubber button type (32 note), one step up from the 303`s bubble switches but not even as usable as a Wasp`s touch plates really. Although it lacks the squelchiness of the 303, passable emulations are possible especially as the sequencer allows slides and accents programmable per note. The Seq programs more like a &quot;real&quot; sequencer rather than using the &quot;drum machine&quot; pattern method of the 303 which I prefer in this case, also the 202 loses its memory when switched off unlike the 303 (A big letdown this is, anyone know a mod?) but has a tape interface. Editing is far easier as it has an LCD readout and plenty of well labelled buttons. The thing holds around 2600 notes which is more oriented toward whole songs rather than repeating patterns that can be called up, yep the &quot;drum machine pattern&quot; 303 method is far better for dance. For ambient/Electronic music with the thing driving something complex like a big ARP or a Doepfer modular the long song method wins out and the 202 can feed CV-Gate X2 to any part of such a system that needs it far easier than the MIDI/CV Converter/Cubase method especially for sequencing the filters, LFOs etc and it`ll do it for ages. Sync is via SYNC24 with double outputs and an Input so it can act as a Sync Splitter after receiving its timing from a Kenton etc. It`s worth a 4 for the size, relative price against a 303, the uselfulness of two CV/Gate outs and the cheek of the thing with its Sinclair spectrum &quot;keyboard&quot; and calling it a &quot;Microcomposer&quot; like the MC4 (;-)..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Frank Baumgartner a hobbyist user from Austria writes:
303 &amp; 202 rulez! Yo guys, i need some really detailed 202 info, for programming it.

If you've got some info's, please let me know. I don't need to

learn basics about filtering &amp; co, i just need the overall structure

how the 202 generates noise, what is combined with eachother etc.. thanks, frank^riot. p.s.: maybe you should change the &quot;marking system&quot; coz it's very confusing: in some countries the 1 is the best mark, in other's its the worst... ;-)

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
ACID FRAN a 0 user from SPAIN writes:
MY FAVOURITE PIECE I HAVE 2 OF THIS (WITH ALL THE X0X BOXES) AND 5 OTHER MONOS THE SEQUENCER ARE THE MOST FOR RANDOM MINIMAL SEQUENCES AND THE PORTAMENTO IS LIKE 303SLIDES THAT ME THINKS ARE OLDFASHIONED AND A BIT ABUSED THE LFO DELAY AND TOP SPEED ARE FUCKING GREAT TOO!!! ANDREAS KRAMER AND SURGEON TAKE SAMPLES OF IT I HATE THE SAMPLER

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
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