Features  
Year Made 1985
Original List Price $1195
Polyphony 7
Mulitimberal 3+drums
Tones & Patches 100 presets in melody section 20 in bass
Type of Synthesis Analogue Synthisis (DCO's)
Effects Chorus
Sequencer or Arpeggio none
Drum Sets 1
MIDI programmable 1-16 (default 1,2,3&10)
Outputs Mix Out L & R +Melody, Chord,Bass, Drum
Backup Sysex (sort of)
Options none

 
My Comments
I have been wanting one of these for about 3 years, so I can only say it had alot of expectaions to live up to. Believe it or not it met them all!! This little guy sounds incredible. Ok, there are four separate sections : Melody, Chord Bass & Rhythm. Each section is controlled by its own MIDI channel has its own volume slider and can have it's velocity sensitivitly set separately as well. The Melody section has a polyphony of 2 and has a selection of 100 preset sounds (although I did think silence was a bit of a rip-off!). The Chord section has a polyphony of 4 but cannot use the noise source so only can use about 95 sounds. These 2 sections can be combined to create a 6 note section (still no noise source). The Bass section is monophonic and has aselection of 20 bass sounds. All are vevlocity sensitive. The Rhythm section has 11 PCM samples that are typical of the time. Now for the few bad things. There is no memory so you cannot store patches and the MIDI channels will always power up at their default values. There is no MIDI out (not really a big deal). There is the limitation of polyphony. And also the sounds are presets, but it can be sent SYSEX! You can send sounds via a sequencer or the juno 106 which is what this unit is based on. The 3 synth secions can also be programmed through an arcane set of button pushes. I have already sequenced a few songs with just this unit! 

UPDATE July 18 2005 : Just a note, I have done some tinkering with the patches via sysex. It is not easy, but doable. One thing I found out when I downloaded the MKB-200 manual is that controller can actually send some specific SYSEX messages meant for the MKS-7!!! So I recorded them on my sequncer and it was quite a help. When I have more time ...

 

I rate it 
I bought it for 200$ c
I owned it from Dec 2004 - present
Current PrePay value 203$ us
condition of my keyboard
cosmeticaly The melody slider is a bit bent, there are a few scratches on the front.
electronically Everything works great!
Status
2012:Set up and in the rack.

2010: set up with the other keyboards in the basement.

2008: I at the moment have it set up in my dining room! I am gearing up for a live Beker show, and am practicing as much as possible. All the drums come from this unit!

2006: My favorite module, simply for it's versatility. And the sound ... wow. I was heart-broken to have to put this one away ...


 
Resources 

FTG - notes tips and many Docs including manuals for the whole mks line !!
yahoo groups - I beleive this one was started by the same guy from the FTG website