Mic Modeling Preamp

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The Roland MMP-2 offers new features not found on any other microphone preamp?like COSM Preamp and Mic modeling, four bands of fully parametric EQ, modeled tube compression, an enhancer and de-esser-plus ultra-intuitive control software for your Mac or PC. And the sound quality rivals that of preamps costing hundreds more, thanks to superb-quality analog circuits and 24-bit/96kHz A/D conversion. You can even download new effect plug-ins through USB, making the MMP-2 an indispensable tool for recording microphones and acoustic instruments.

Better Recording Through Circuitry

The MMP-2 uses the same analog circuits of the mic preamps used in Roland’s VS-2480. In blind listening tests, these preamps were rated higher than much more expensive stand-alone models. How is this possible? To start, Roland carefully selected each of the analog components. Then, we designed a circuit that separates the analog, digital and power components, creating maximum warmth with minimal noise—a difference you can really hear.

COSM Mic Modeling and DSP Effects

At its basic level, the MMP-2 sounds great. But with the addition of 24-bit/96kHz A/D converters and DSP effects, this futuristic mic pre takes things to a whole new level. To start, there’s COSM technology to model the sound of vintage and high-end studio microphones. From there, you can tweak your sound with four bands of fully parametric EQ, modeled tube compression, enhancer and de-esser effects.

Wired for Today’s Studio

The desktop MMP-2 provides a variety of professional connections to handle just about any recording or live situation. On the top panel, you’ll find two balanced XLR/TRS Microphone inputs; there’s also two balanced XLR outputs on the back. And unlike other microphone preamps, you’ll also find a coaxial digital input, plus digital outputs in S/PDIF and AES/EBU formats—great for digital studios!

Open New Doors with USB

Why does the MMP-2 have a USB port? To use the bundled control software with your PC! Imagine drawing EQ curves or setting compressors using a sleek graphic interface. And that’s not all… In the future, Roland will provide new effects algorithms—such as a noise suppressor, hum canceller, feedback eliminator and modeled tape saturation—which can be downloaded into the MMP-2, allowing you to customize your preamp with the effects you use most.

Analog Input
Phantom Power
DC 48V
Max. Input Level
+ 2 dBu (PAD off), +22 dBu (PAD on)
Nominal Input Level
-64 dBu to +4 dBu
Equivalent Input Noise
-132 dBu (IHF-A typ.)
Analog Output
Nominal Output Level
-16 dBu/+4 dBu
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
105 dB (IHF-A typ.)
Signal Processing
AD Conversion
24-bit, 64 times oversampling
DA Conversion
24-bit, 128 times oversampling
Sample Rate
Frequency Response
96.0kHz: 20Hz to 40kHz (+0.1/-3.0 dB) 88.2kHz: 20Hz to
40kHz (+0.1/-3.0 dB) 48.0kHz: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.1/-0.5 dB) 44.1kHz: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.1/-0.5 dB)
Microphone Modeling
Reference Microphone
DR-20, Small Dynamic Microphone, Head-worn Dynamic Microphone, Miniature
Condenser Microphone, AKG C3000B, Flat
Modeling Microphone
Small Dynamic, Vocal Dynamic, Large Dynamic, Small
Condenser, Large Condenser, Vintage Condenser, Flat
4-Band parametric equalizer
-15 dB to +15 dB
Solid, Tube1, Tube2, Tube3, Tube4
Knee Type
Hard or Soft knee
Other Effects
Expander, Enhancer, De-esser, Pre-amp Modeling
20 characters, 2 lines (backlight LCD)
Power Consumption
9W (AC 117/230/240 V)
CD-ROM, AC Cord, USB Cable
System Requirements
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Me/98/98SE/2000 Professional
PCs equipped with USB connectors compatible with USB Specification Version 1.0 or later.
PentiumII 300MHz or higher
Memory (RAM)
128MB or more
800 X 600 or more/65,536 colors (High Color 16-bit)
Operating System
MacOS 8.6 or later (9.0 or later recommended)
Apple Macintosh series equipped with USB port as standard
PowerPC G3/233MHz or higher
Memory (RAM)
128MB or more
Size and Weight
250 mm
9-7/8 inches
165 mm
6-1/2 inches
76 mm
3 inches
1.8 kg
4 lbs.
* This product was tested on ordinary computers and found to be compatible with the above. However, Roland cannot guarantee compatibility even if the above conditions are met due to the fact that the processing power of simular computers can differ due to design concepts or operating environments.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.



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