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MIDI day on Palm Sounds : Roland PMA-5

Ok, this isn't really a MIDI software review for the palm OS. However, someone asked me this evening if I was interested in buying one of these so I did a little research. Very interesting indeed. I might have to say yes and have a play.

I'd never heard of this device before, but I have to say I am very interested indeed.


Failed Muso said...

I recently acquired one of these after many years of hankering after one, and I have to say, it's quite the little workhorse. It takes a little getting used to but is a great little sketchpad.

It's invaluable to me when I'm working away as it provides me with some sanity in dull hotel rooms :o)

strandedpoet said...

Thanks Roberto. I'm quite interested in the one I've been offered. Did you get the PC link kit as well? I'd like to know how useful that might be.

Failed Muso said...

I've searched for this software everywhere. Roland only make mention of the MAC version on their current site. The MAC model number was PMA-5S/APL (PC was PMA-5S/AT) and it was a software program for converting SMFs from a MAC/PC to the PMA-5. It also worked in the other direction.

More info here....


Only problem with the Windows version, if you ever find it, is that it is only compatible with Windows 3.1 or 95. Rumour has it there is an NT version, but this would be NT4 or before, I guess.

I've googled greatly on this and can't find anything to help :o(

I connect mine to my home rig via the serial connection, which is much less cumbersome than the regular MIDI connectors but I must admit that a fully working conversion kit would be useful.

As it stands, I love the fun and portability of the PMA-5 and the fact it gives me a musical outlet when I'm not at home, but in the studio it's really just another tone generator :o)

Tom Whitwell said...

If you're really expanding to go 'can I carry it about', I once spent a while with a Yamaha QY70


Which was a wonderful way to spend a train journey.

Not as easy to use or powerful as Bhajis, and a lot bigger, but possibly more built in sounds and effects.

strandedpoet said...

Thanks for the link and info that's really useful. If I do manage to get one of these I may well come back to you for advice. Thanks for commenting!

Gary in Hawaii said...

I have the PMA-5. I never ran out of memory until two days ago. I have the PMA 5S software and cable. I recently got an old Laptop with Windows 95 on it and loaded the software. It is really good. I can load whatever songs I need to the PMA 5 and use it as background from my Roland FR-7 Digital Accordion. Works great.

Anonymous said...

I have the Apple version of the PMA-5 computer kit but need the PC one...Gary in Hawaii or Anyone willing to share?

Anonymous said...

I have an fr3 roland and I also have the PMA5. I would sure like to know how one connects the two so I could record the fr3 and add some of the styles that are in the PMA5 as an accompanyment.