Michigan Synth Works will be presenting the MSW-810 Synthesizer, a reproduction of the unique, rare Roland DG CMU-810 at Knobcon 21
Next week on Wednesday the Superbooth 21 starts in Berlin. I (Synth Anatomy) will be there to report about the new releases. A few days before the KnobCon will take place in USA, another big Synthesizer event. Also here, there will also be new products.
A new Synthesizer comes from Michigan Synth Works. More precisely, a clone/replica of a relatively unknown Roland synthesizer. This is because it was in the shadow of the big SH-101, Juno, Jupiter…
Michigan Synth Works MSW-810
The MSW-810 is a clone/replica of the rare single oscillator mono synth CMU-810 from 1983. Initially produced by the Roland DG Group, Michigan Synth Works now brings back this unique synth. It basically offers the same layout as the MC-202 and SH-101. In terms of sound, it’s not clear whether it’s an SH-9, MS-202, or more an SH-101 or just a mixture of these. It definitely has a more dirty and special sound to me.
The core offers a single oscillator (CEM 3340/Alfa 3340 chip) with sawtooth and pulse width and square wave with pulse width modulation. Plus, you get a 1 or 2-octave sub-oscillator and noise generator. You can mix all your waveforms and then route through the VCA + Mixer to bring in external sources. The built-in lowpass filter is based on the IR3109 chip has cutoff, resonance, env, mod, and CV controls. On the modulation side, it has a single LFO and envelope which can modulate both the filter and VCA.
That’s not all. The Michigan Synth Works clone/replica, goes beyond the initial concept and features a TB-303-style sequencer to offer a more modern instrument.
A very classic, simple mono Synthesizer. This synth release is definitely a very niche product and made for everyone who absolutely wants the sound of the Roland CMU-810.
Michigan Synth Works MSW-810 will be available as a kit for $295 USD. The additional cost of the case and sequencer is TBA. They’ll have a limited number of MSW-810 kits available at Knobcon which include the CEM 3340 VCO and original Roland IR3109 VCF chips.
More information here: MSW