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Marion Systems | MSR-2


Tom Oberheim founded a new company (which is already dead for years.), he had to compete with the company that used his name. This is a real Oberheim and quite close to a Matrix 6 / Matrix 6R. The MSR2 was a mainframe for 2 synth modules, in fact the only available module was the ASM8 (analog synthesizer module), other planned modules never came onto the market (sampling etc.). the MSR2 had 2 slots , a 7band EQ and a mixer. As the Marion MSR-2 was designed by Tom Oberheim and so it is known for having the 'Oberheim sound' packaged inside a compact single-space rackmount module with modern digital reliability and MIDI implementation. Despite its rather harmless and simple appearance, the MSR-2 allows for some fairly complex but intuitive programming. The filters, envelopes, LFOs and other parameters are very analog-like in their sound and editing methods. The module is also 16-part multitimbral. And external inputs route a signal through the envelope and filter sections. The MSR-2 is rare but definitely worth checking out. The ProSynth is the same, but only has 1 ASM8 module, making it an 8 voice synth.
BrandMarion Systems
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)16
LFO3 saw, triangle, random, S&H
Engine Detailed2 oscillators per voice, pulse, triangle, saw, noice. matrix modulation built-in (up to 10 routings at the same time with 24 sources/33 destinations)
Filter (VCF)12/24 dB/oct lowpass, resonance
Envelope (VCA)3 ADSR, 2 Decay
Memory500 patches
Key typeN/A
AudioExternal inputs
Produced:1994 - 1994
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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