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Roland PG-200

Roland PG-200 Synthesizer Programmer

Features and Specifications:

  • DCO-1: Range (4', 8', 16') waveform: triangle, pulse, square, FM (lfo, env)
  • DCO-1: Range (4', 8', 16') waveform: triangle, pulse, square, noise, FM (lfo, env), tune (+/- 1200 cent) cross modulation (sync, metal)
  • Modulation: sensitivity (lfo, env)
  • VCF: source mix, HPF cutoff frequency, LPF cutoff frequency, resonance, env modulation, polarity, LFO modulation, pitch follow
  • VCA: mode (env, gate) level
  • ENV: Attack time, decay time, sustain level, release time
  • LFO: Waveform (sine, square, random), delay time, rate
  • Chorus: (on/off)
  • Function buttons: Manual button & indicator, write button & indicator
  • DIN jack (DIN6P)
  • Dimensions: 244 (W) x 172 (H) x 45 (D) mm
  • Weight: 1.4 kg/3 lb. 1 oz.
Roland PG-200 and GR-700

Introduction to the Roland PG-200:

The PG-200 was built by Roland to aid in the programming of the Roland JX-3P, MKS-30 and GR-700. The JX-3P, MKS-30 and GR-700 all share the same synthesizer engine, and have the same programming parameters.

Roland PG-200 Programmer Map
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The PG-200 is not necessary to program these synthesizers, but programming is much easier with the PG-200. Even with a deep knowledge of analog synthesis, using the PG-200 provides for many "happy accidents" that can provide some great sounds.

The PG-200 connects to the host synthesizer via a 6-pin DIN cable. These cables are easy to build if lost. They use a 6-pin DIN connector often used as a power plug. The pins are wired one-to-one, i.e. pin "1" to pin "1", etc.

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Replacement RRC Cable for PG-200

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The Roland PG-200, PG-800 and the Roland GM-70 all use a six-pin cable, frequently referred to as the RRC cable. The cables are tough tough to find, since they may get misplaced after thirty years, and often sell for $30 - $50 in the used marketplace. If you have some basic soldering skills, it is easy to make a replacement cable.

The replacement six pin connector is readily available, usually referred to as a power connector. You also need some six-conductor wire. Old computer serial cables use eight conductors, or you can search for specialized wire. The cable is wired "straight-through" that is, pin 1 on the first connector is wired directly to pin 1 on the second connector, etc.

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Schematics - Repairs - Service Bulletins:

There are no known service bulletins from Roland addressing any PG-200 problems.