In his latest video, synthesist Alex Ball takes a look at old-school hardware sequencing with the Roland MicroComposer MC-4, from 1981.
The MicroComposer sequencers represented a huge step forward in hardware sequencing, compared to earlier analog sequencers, supporting polyphonic sequencing, sequences with thousands of notes, and the ability to save and recall sequences.
“In 1977, Roland introduced the first ever microprocessor controlled digital sequencer, which was the MC-8 designed by Ralph Dyck. The MC-4 was the successor and was Roland’s last CV/Gate sequencer as they moved over to MIDI shortly after.
Both when it was new and many years after it was seemingly obsolete, numerous artists swore by it and they’re now sought after. In the video we explore why.”
0:00 Intro Jam
0:41 Origin of the MC series
3:31 Demonstration of how it works
10:20 The end result
10:47 Summary of the experience
12:09 Others ways to program
13:16 Experiments & explorations
19:03 MC-4b etc
19:39 Who used it, when and why?