In his latest video, synthesist Espen Kraft takes a look at Roland’s forgotten touchpad computer music system from the ’80s.
The Roland Computer Music modules are a range of devices, designed for use with any computer that can be fitted with a MIDI port. These include:
- The MPU401 MIDI interface;
- The MT-32 multi timbral module from 1987;
- The LA-based CM-32L, the RS-PCM CM-32P, and putting the two together in the same box gives the CM-64;
- The CF10 Digital Fader;
- The CN20 Music Entry Pad;
- The CA30 Intelligent Arranger; and
- The CP-40 Pitch to MIDI Converter.
While these modules would have been cutting-edge in their day, they’re now largely forgotten.
Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Roland Computer Music modules in the comments!