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Roland MKS-100

MKS-100 (copyright 2012)

Released: 1986

MSRP: $1195US


Rack version of MKS-100, with guitar mode Architecture Class: Sampler.

Ebay Description:

The Roland MKS-100 is a 2U rack (velocity sensitive), 8 voice, 12 bit, sampler, featuring a 4 stage envelope, vibrato, 2.8" Quick Disk drive, guitar mode, arpeggiator, auto-bend, and MIDI. Four samples can be recorded at 15|30kHz (32kB per sample). Sample editing includes auto-loop, combine, mix, reverse, level-adjust, and resonant low|high pass filter.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
2U rack W:483mm(19.25in) D:410mm(16.125in) H:90mm(3.4375in) 7kg(15.4375lbs) mono mono MIDI IN/OUT/THRU MIDI MIDI sustain 19W AC (IEC C9 to NEMA 1-15P)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
S-10 MKS-100 S-220 no no 2.8" Quick Disk (QD) floppy drive MIDI MIDI SysEx menu LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
samples:4 (not MIDI assignable) 8 no Sample->DCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
no no ENV velocity yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
up and/or down or random no No N/A N/A MIDI-PitchBend MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC100 MIDI-CC101 no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no MIDI MIDI no 1


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 12bit 15kHz 30kHz 4x32kB no 4 auto pedal auto combine mix reverse level-adjust resonant low|high pass filter


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
Sample digital sample - no no auto-bend MIDI-PitchBend Vibrato velocity


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
ENV 3 4 no no no no velocity


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
Vibrato triangle? yes no no no MIDI-CC1 velocity no
Sampler Models
S-10 MKS-100 S-220 S-50 S-550 S-330 W-30 S-750
S-760 S-770 SP-700 DJ-70 DJ-70MKII JS-30 MS-1 SP-202