MULTIVOX MX202
VINTAGE CONTRIBUTIONS

If you have read the history of the Roland RS202, you will no doubt have become curious about the mysterious Multivox MX202 that seemingly copied the Roland practically component-for-component - in fact, you only have to compare the two panels to see the physical similarities. But the similarities were more than superficial. Like the Roland, the MX202 used divide-down organ technology to generate a totally polyphonic sawtooth wave which was passed through a stereo chorus unit.

The MCX202 also featured pretty much the same sound set - two string footages and a 'brass' sound (i.e. the sawtooth through a simple filter) and the two chorus settings added various degrees of lushness to both. Like the RS202, it also featured simple control of amplitude envelope with two switched attack rates and a fully variable release control. Further comparisons with the RS202 can be found in the MX202's keyboard split options that allowed different sounds to be played simultaneously in the low and upper halves of the keyboard.

But despite these 'paper-spec' similarities, in practice, the two instruments actually sound quite different, the MX202 being somehow a bit 'fizzier'.

I have been given a comprehensive selection of sounds from an MX202 by John from Inverse Room.

John has carefully multi-sampled his MX202 to provide an excellent representation of this rare instrument. This has been carefully converted to Kompakt for Nostalgia.