Reader Michael Dennis Raleigh (MIDERA) shared this video demo of the LEWISMIDI PL88 Patch Memory Module – a synth accessory that provides thousands of presets, patch and bank storage, and an arpeggiator for vintage synths.
You can use the PL88 with any synthesizer that can send and receive SysEx (System Exclusive) messages.
Here’s what Raleigh has to say about it:
I recently purchased this device called the PL88 by LEWISMIDI that stores patches and banks from synthesizers, which also has a lot of banks of presets for the JD-800, Korg M1, Roland D-50 (D-05 and D-550), Yamaha DX7 and SY77 (TG77 and SY99). You can have up to 10,000 patches/banks saved for each synthesizer. Users can also add their own synthesizers so they can save their presets/banks. This can replace any number of data cards.
Another interesting feature of this module is that it has a very nice onboard arpeggiator that can repeat up to 4 octaves and its direction can be used as Up, Down, Up+Down, and Random. Plus you can mute and unmute specific steps. You can also use the arpeggiator by adding notes, one by one, to the arpeggiator, up to 64 notes. The developer says that this is similar to the Roland Jupiter 4 arpeggiator.
Anyway, I created a video demonstrating the PL88 arpeggiator attached to my Yamaha SY77. I felt that the arpeggiator really helps open up using FM synths.
Here’s a video from the developer that demonstrates using the patch/bank manager aspect of the PL88:
Pricing and Availability
The PL88 is available now for US $125, plus shipping.
If you’ve used the PL88, share your experience with it in the comments!