The Roland LAPC-I is a sound card for IBM PC compatible computers produced by Roland Corporation. It basically consists of a MT-32-compatible Roland CM-32L and a MPU-401 unit, integrated onto a single full-length 8-bit ISA card. In addition to normal Roland dealers aimed at musicians, it was distributed in the USA by Sierra On-Line for use with the company's games. The MSRP of the card was around USD 425.
It came with no software or accessories, although no specific software was necessary, since the MT-32 appeared as a MIDI peripheral connected to the MPU-401 on MIDI channels 2 through 10. To connect the LAPC-I to other MIDI devices, an MCB-1 module is required.
The card was and is often mistakenly called LAPC-1, but photos of the card's PCB and retail box show a capital letter I rather than a figure 1. Further evidence can be found in the owners manual which mentions the LAPC-I and also MCB-1, clearly showing specific use of I instead of 1. The "I" presumably stands for "IBM PC", and the "N" for NEC.
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- Sierra On-Line 1989 10th Anniversary Catalog, page 25: http://www.sierragamers.com/uploads/24082/Catalogs/Catalog_1990_10th_Anniversary.pdf
- Sierra On-Line 1989 10th Anniversary Catalog: page 42 - 45, http://www.sierragamers.com/uploads/24082/Catalogs/Catalog_1990_10th_Anniversary.pdf
- , Roland LAPC-I owners manual.