Roland MC-8 Micro-Composer

Vintage Roland MC-8 Sequencer Archive

Roland MC-8 Factory Demo Program – Bach Invention

This is another of the demo programs provided in the Roland MC-8 manual. This time it’s a Bach Invention, played back on a Roland SH-101 synth (not seen in the video). The first part of the video is specifically designed to bore you with stunning footage of me entering the channel 1 CV data for the first 3 pages of the 10-page score. Be thankful that I didn’t decide to include the entire CV/Step/Gate data entry process for the entire score. In the 2nd part of the video, you hear the entire mixed piece, played back in sync with the MC-8 displaying the CV data for channel 1.

Here’s an mp3 of just the music:

And here’s the program data for anyone who might have an MC-8 to load it into:

After posting this video, I was informed that Yellow Magic Orchestra featured this very same demo at the very end of the show during their 1980 world tour. You can hear their version here:


February 2, 2010 - Posted by | Files, Music, Technical

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