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Roland Sound Canvas SC-55
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Description

The Roland SC-55 (Sound Canvas) is a GS MIDI sound module released in 1991 by Roland. The SC-55 was the first sound module to incorporate the new General MIDI standard.

The SC-55 used both PCM and a cut-down version of the LA synthesis engine, to support 24-voice polyphony with 16-part multitimbrality. It came preloaded with the Roland MT-32's variation bank, but lacked the MT-32's re-programmability. Aimed at PC music enthusiasts, the SC-55 featured 317 instrument patches, including the GS drum kits and additional controllers. The selection of effects includes reverb and chorus.

Alongside the SC-55, Roland released the SB-55 (Sound Brush), an inexpensive MIDI sequencer module the same size as the Sound Canvas. Both the Sound Canvas and Sound Brush could be rackmounted alongside each other.

Other models with comparable tone generators include Roland CM-300, Roland CM-500 and Roland SC-155 sound modules. CM-300 and CM-500 models lack the LCD screen and extended controls of SC-55. Both models have external appearance nearly identical to Roland's earlier CM-32/64-series modules. SC-155 adds additional slider controls for master and channel level and panning. Additionally, CM-500 includes fully SysEx compatible LA tone generator similar to CM-32L's.

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Ashly SC-55 Compressor ?

...(I spotted my case from across the room heading out the door of a club with my guitar in it). The SC-55 is their updated model. I think Ashly builds quality electronics. With all that said I think their comps are more useful for "live" situations than studio recordings. I never cut a vocal with the...

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List of Synthesizers featuring rare features

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What Roland Boutique Would YOU Want To See Next?

Boutique D-07 (just to see everyone go "that should have been named "U-07"!":evil:) Boutique SC (this would actually be a big hit in another crowd, especially if it could switch between SC-55, SC-55 Mk. II, and SC-88 modes and would also have the MT32/CM instrument map)

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