Roland Sound Canvas

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Roland/Edirol Sound Canvas lineup is a series of General MIDI based PCM sound modules and PC sound cards primarily intended for computer music usage, created by Roland Corporation. Some models include serial or USB connection to computer.

Products[edit]

Sound Canvas[edit]

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets output resolution Notes References
Roland SC-55 1991 GM GS 16 24 317 9 16-bit @ 32kHz Half Rack unit, first product of the line, units without GM logo technically not GM compatible (GM reset interpreted as GS reset, capital tone arrangement not fully consistent with GM spec). [1]
Roland SC-155 1992 GM GS 16 24 317 9 16-bit @ 32kHz Table top version of SC-55 [2]
Roland SC-7 1992 GM 16 28 128 6 16-bit @ 32kHz No display, introduced serial port for PC/Mac connectivity. [2]
Roland SC-55mkII 1993 GM GS 16 28 354 9 18-bit @ 32kHz Half Rack unit. A minor upgrade to the original SC-55.
Roland SC-55ST 1993 GM GS 16 28 354 9 Half Rack unit. Lower cost version of SC-55mkII. No Display and only 1 x Midi In, headphone and R/L RCA Output jacks. [2][3]
Roland P-55 1993 3 28 32 0 Piano module, with a limited set of instruments.
Roland SC-50 1994 GM GS 16 28 226 9 18-bit @ 32kHz SC-55mkII without the Roland MT-32 patches, only one MIDI input. [4][2]
Roland SD-35 1993 GM GS 16 28 223 8 16-bit @ 32kHz SC-50 with integrated MIDI sequencer. [5]
Roland SC-33 1992 GM GS 16 28 226 8 16-bit @ 32kHz Table top version of SC-50, rebranded as BOSS Dr. Synth DS-330 (fewer tones) [2]
Roland SC-88 1994 GM GS 32 64 654 22 18-bit @ 32kHz Half Rack unit, additional height for more controls, introduced multiple triggering and EQ, SC-55 map support (with differences). [6][2]
Roland M-GS64 1995 GM GS 32 64 654 22 18-bit @ 32kHz A 1U rackmount version of the SC-88. [7][2]
Roland SC-88VL 1996 GM GS 32 64 654 22 18-bit @ 32kHz Smaller sized version of SC-88, with a same size and panel layout as the SC-55 and SC-50. [8]
Roland SC-88ST 1996 GM GS 32 64 654 22 18-bit @ 32kHz A black plastic box, with LEDs for MIDI activity. 2 MIDI ins, 1 out. one single button on the front panel for SC-55/SC-88 modes. Without Cakewalk StudioWare or GS Advanced Editor, you will be "flying blind" when using this. [2]
Roland SC-88Pro 1997 GM GS 32 64 1117 42 18-bit @ 32kHz SC-55 and SC-88 map support, introduced Insertion EFX and unofficial XG compatibility. [9][2]
Roland SC-88ST Pro 1997 GM GS 32 64 1117 42 18-bit @ 32kHz A black plastic box, with LEDs for MIDI activity. 2 MIDI ins, 1 out. one single button on the front panel for SC-55/SC-88/SC-88Pro modes. Without Cakewalk StudioWare or GS Advanced Editor, you will be "flying blind" when using this. The same goes for the SC-88ST and the SC-7 units.
Roland SC-880 1998 GM GS 32 64 1117 42 18-bit @ 32kHz A 1U rackmount unit similar to the SC-88Pro, but with an enhanced "patch mode" and a newer DAC. [10][11]
Roland ED SC-8850 1999 GM GS GM2 64 128 1640 63 24-bit @ 32kHz Desktop module that can connect via USB. Contains a new native map as well as SC-55, SC-88, and SC-88Pro maps for backwards compatibility, however compatibility with MIDI files made for these modules is poor. [12][11]
Roland ED SC-8820 1999 GM GS GM2 32 64 1608 63 24-bit @ 32kHz Mobile MIDI device with no display, successor of the SC-88ST Pro. USB-powered, but does not act as a full USB audio device. GS Advanced Editor or another program is highly recommended when using this synth. Despite similarities, patches and effects occasionally play differently from the 8850 - some samples on the 8850 are stereo while the 8820 versions are mono and vice versa. [11]
Roland ED SC-D70 2001 GM GS GM2 32 64 1608 63 24-bit @ 44.1kHz or 48kHz Digital audio-oriented desktop module version of the SC-8820. Contains A/D inputs as well as USB audio functionality when connected to a host system. This is also the only Sound Canvas module to have digital audio ports built in. The output can be selected either 44.1kHz or 48kHz.

Sound Canvas Personal Computer Products[edit]

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets output resolution Notes References
Roland SCC-1 1992 GM GS 16 24 317 / 354 9 16-bit @ 44.1kHz PC based ISA card (8-bit). The SCC-1A and SCC-1B (different software packed with card) revision upgraded the board to 354 tones. First model technically not GM compatible (GM reset interpreted as GS reset). [2][13]
Roland RAP-10 1993 GM 16 26 128 6 16-bit @ 44.1kHz PC based ISA high-end Soundcard. Includes two-channel 16-bit digital audio support.
Roland SCB-7 1995 GM 16 28 128 6 16-bit @ 32kHz Daughter board to attach to a Soundcard Waveblaster port. Also sold as SCD-10 and SCM-10 in bundle with MPU-401/AT.
Roland SCB-55 1995 GM GS 16 28 354 9 18-bit @ 32kHz Daughter board to attach to a Soundcard Waveblaster port. Also sold as SCD-15 and SCM-15 in bundle with MPU-401/AT. Internally 18-bit resolution, will be limited to 16-bit because of daughterboard connector, unless a hardware modification is performed (L/R external connectors or as an external unit).
Roland SCP-55 1995 GM GS 16 28 354 9 18-bit @ 32kHz PCMCIA card to insert in notebook/laptop computer
Roland GPPC-N 1993 GM GS 16 28 354 9 16-bit @ 44.1kHz NEC PC-9801 card to insert in computer

Computer Music Products[edit]

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets output resolution Notes
Roland CM-300 1991 GM GS 16 24 317 9 16-bit @ 44.1kHz "Computer music" version of the SC-55, no screen. A beige box with a volume knob and two LEDs on the front, technically not GM compatible (GM reset interpreted as GS reset).
Roland CM-500 1991 GM GS MT-32 16 24 317 9 16-bit @ 44.1kHz A beige box with a volume knob and two LEDs on the front, technically not GM compatible (GM reset interpreted as GS reset), combines the CM-300 with a CM-64.

Sound Canvas and Keyboard[edit]

The following combine a sound canvas module with a built in MIDI keyboard

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets output resolution Notes References
Roland SK-50 1994 GM GS 16 28 226 8
Roland SK-50 IV 1997 GM GS 16 28 226 8
Roland SK-88Pro 1999 GM GS 32 64 1117 42 18-bit @ 32kHz (confirmed with Service Manual) SC-880 with 37 key MIDI keyboard [14][11]
Roland SK-500 2000 GM GS GM2 32 64 1608 63 24-bit @ 32kHz SC-8820 with 49 Key MIDI keyboard [15][11]

Virtual Sound Canvas[edit]

There is also the VSC, Virtual Sound Canvas, range of PC software which provide GM and GS synthesis on windows PCs. Many versions of Cakewalk's Sonar software came bundled with a copy of VSC, though from Sonar 4 onwards they ship with the improved TTS-1 softsynth, which Roland has sold previously through its Edirol subsidiary as the HyperCanvas.[16]

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets Notes References
VSC-55 1996 GM GS 16 128 226 9 [2]
VSC-88H3 2000 GM GS GM2 16 128 902 26 With SC-55, SC-88 and SC-88Pro compatible instrument mappings. Most of the instrument samples are from the SC-55. [17]
VSC-MP1 2001 GM GS GM2 16 128 902 26 With SC-55, SC-88 and SC-88Pro compatible instrument mappings. Most of the instrument samples are from the SC-55. A multipack containing the standalone MIDI synthesizer, a DXi plugin and a VSTi plugin. This is the only Windows NT OS family compatible version (Windows 2000/XP). [18][11]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Model Year Standards Parts Voices Tones Drumsets output resolution Notes References
Roland PMA-5 1996 GM GS 16 28 306 16 Personal Music Assistant [19]
SOUND Canvas for iOS 2015 GM GS GM2 1600 63 iOS MIDI player app without patch editing [20]

Distribution[edit]

North America[edit]

  • Roland Systems Group U.S.

Europe[edit]

  • EDIROL Europe Ltd., London, UK

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