Roland MKS-50
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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
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Mr_Mojo_Risin's review"Classic Synth Sounds!"

Roland MKS-50
This has been a rock-solid piece of gear in my studio for a long time. No repairs needed except for changing the battery

Performance Patch settings
Small 1U rackmount footprint
The sounds are Hooverlicious!
Excellent support site with info and 1000's of free Tone downloads

Tones are difficult to program without an external programmer. Software (CTRLR) or hardware (PG-300, KIWI)
The prices on eBay are always too high for this model

KaeRZed's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Opinion Patch"

Roland MKS-50
I do not have an MKS-50 Alpha but Juno2.
I just want to make some corrections to other reviews:
- Attention to the confusion: multiple waveforms does not necessarily mean more oscillators! In this case, the Juno does not have COD 3 but only one. The thing is that it can generate a rectangle (pulse) and a saw-tooth (Saw) simultaneously. With a sub-oscillator for low noise and a more present. But still: it is only one oscillator! It therefore does not possess the features made possible with more COD (VCO): detune, transpose, FM, sync, ring and cross modulation, ... ... ... For example, the series JX (JX-3P, JX-8P ...) have 2 COD them.
- The envelope generator is not an ADSR (as the J106) but a 4-segment envelope. The difference is negligible pa: an ADSR has 4 parameters (ADSR. ..) while that of Juno (and therefore the MKS) possesses 7 (T1/L1, T2/L2, T3/L3, T4). The possibilities are not the same!


Without PG-300, the editing is done via the alpha dial. It is less friendly than buttons on a J106 but this is all at attainable.

I personally did not need the manual for the part editing sounds'.
on the other hand, such as editing MIDI is done with Sysex, MIDI charter at the end of manual suddenly becomes indispensable.


The sounds are actually typical of this type of machine (analog polyphonic mid-80's at a tilt).
That is to say, quite nice, absolutely not realistic, but always enough typed in its place the pieces in need of synthetic sounds.

I like tablecloths, pads, some E-Pianos and some bass. All sounds 'imitators' (realistic sound) for my taste are just bad and difficult to use, often as electronic sounds ...
On the other hand, today, those who want realistic sounds that will provide more than one pattern Juno ...


Whether the Juno or the MKS, it is excellent ... in his field!
I have other analogue machines (J106, Oberheim Matrix-6, Yamaha CS15, Kawai K3M), a lot of digital (K2000, TG77, Wavestation, R3, SuperNova, ...) and, anyway, my Ju- 2 is always helpful to me: it has a little 'je ne sais quoi' of its own and pushes me to always use it, almost like new!

darkseeid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" If you got 150 euro lends me that I bought one!"

Roland MKS-50
Rack Model
19 "2 units of Alpha Juno 1 and 2,
can be controlled and configured via a box named pg 300.
Polyphony: 6 voice
Oscillators: 3 COD: Pulse, Sawtooth, Sub, Noise Waveforms
Effect: Chorus
Preset: 64 + 64 Internal User
Filters: 24db analog LowPass
Envelopes: ADSR envelopes for filter and amp
Control: MIDI (velocity and aftertouch to VCF mappable gold ENV)
Production Year: 1987


Configuration and editing simple .... if you have the habits of the expander, it is a bit like you have to like put your hands dirty, it's still pretty logical, but the screen is a little little or not it is the letter that are a little big actually 8 /
No need for that man in the habit of expanders (the guy who's farts)


Its super nice, good bass, super clear and critallines bells, of brass rather aggressive (but it is not a JX8P), e piano, organ, FX very funny. Some sounds are realistic, others not at all, but they're crazy in fact, when a thing like that is that we do not want a rompler of shit that shit sounds we all cooked in 16 dicks (bits), we want to take the lead to make his personal sounds that no one will!
So sounds unrealistic but realistic in the sense of the term synthetic, yes it is an analog synth with the realistic sounds of a synth!
You've picked up grandpa!
Many sounds well (we just do the "Hoover" zozo appreciated by all of the army of small weight) by his useless .... yes I love it because it sounds me who invented it!


I for 6 months and never part with me, I have plenty of other synth (Aleis Ion JX8P, Waldorf Pulse, TX7, VZ1 Casio, Yamaha TX81Z, Poly 800V, Teisco 60f, MFB Synth2, Mopho , KS Rack, Novation Bass Station) but it has its place because it was stuff that only he knows how!
And he has this charm very 80's!
On occasion I've found it at 150 euros on (germany) the vintage is still too much on side as in France!
With the experience I would do without the choice problem is less bulky than a keyboard, and the sound is divine!

TheRainbow's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" If life had a sound it would be him"

Roland MKS-50
Polyphonic synth (6 voices) in 1U Rack.
COD 3: Forms complex built on Sawtooth, Square. Including a 1 sub based on square shapes. White noise generator.
1 LFO, VCF, VCA, ADSR (parameters in 8!)
Two banks of 64 sounds editable ..
Patches parameterized by 3 buttons or PG300 programmer, or even Cubase Device Panels (# Roland 20mK-50%%% 20 +% 20Juno 20PG-300)
Editing a part of the tuning parameters and other functions.

Midi in / out / thru
Registration / Load preset tape format 3.5mm
6.35mm stereo audio out jack.

The PG 300 is an option ...


Only the MKS is not obvious a program, it is even quite unbearable ...
It is not impossible to schedule, because anything done with sliders parameters and values ... So just on the practical aspect that I'm serious ... (It's a bit also why I bought it)
Hyper positive point: when you change a setting, the LCD shows us the initial value stored ...
With a programmer, it goes much faster ...

The instructions are very clear, and shows the table of parameters very precisely.


This synth gives the key as I waited in my prods .. A universe very fat and acceptable by all (as in the collective unconscious) as this synth was used by the largest and it is an unparalleled wealth (gold made its big brothers jupiter6 and 8).

These sounds are realistic ... hmm how do you say ... For the SF 80's bad ... yeah ^ ^
In low, it is unparalleled and this thanks to sub
Mock piano, violins well almost every instrument found in GM (General MIDI) but with so much of sth mieu! Ahhhhhhhhhhh only if the standard mapping noon was based on this generation of sound!


4months that I use, and a whole life that I listen ...
It is a good alternative for not having keyboards everywhere ..
This is my first synth rack, and the vintage, I'll do my standard ...
With experience, I keep it here and bought out a MKS80 ... and more!

A-lex's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MKS-50
A nice little 1U, trs deep ....
Poly: 6, multi: 1 ... Everything is contlable via MIDI
We have the right a lil fun Chorus, adjustable speed.
Analog output + Stro all ncessaire MIDI.


It's not very hard to program ... But with software, is itself a
The manual is not exhaustive, but more than enough;)


At the lower and ground ... aeaeae ... hurt
The sounds are not at all ralistes (it's analog!).
I like the rsonance filter, dirty enough in low and bright in the treble.
The chorus is nice and efficient and low on the pads ... and ... uh ... that's it


I have been using a pti months, and I do not believe me Sparer ... I love it
Not worth much in CHRE opportunity ... If c'tait again, no problem, I throw myself!