MacBeth M5/M5N

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An owner’s manual/patch book was never made for the MacBeth M5 or M5N. Because Ken MacBeth was inspired by the ARP 2600, this owner’s manual/patch book begins with an 18-page side by side comparison with color photos and diagrams of the M5 and the ARP. Every socket, slider, rotary dial and switch of the M5 are explained in detail with pictures and text. Page 20 provides a list of 50 patch diagrams contained in the patch book section.

Although the ARP 2600 patch book can be used with limited success to create sounds on the M5, the substantial differences between these 2 semi-modular synthesizers justifies the M5 having its own. These differences consist not only in “normalized” connections vs. required patching, but in parameters that are unique to each synth. I spent just over a year on this project, communicating periodically with Ken MacBeth, who assured me that there were no circuit changes in the M5N compared to the original M5. Thus, the patch book diagrams apply equally to both models. For ease of use, each patch diagram is accompanied by a color-coded explanatory text corresponding to the referenced parameters shown in the same color. The patch diagrams are designed to illustrate both the sound and functionality of the M5/M5N. Re-creating all 50 diagrams will provide a solid foundation in semi-modular synth programming on the M5/M5N. There is also an appendix containing a 7-page list of all the M5/M5N specifications, with an explanation of every function.

This M5/M5N Owner’s Manual and Patch Book is made to order and printed on demand. Free shipping within the continental USA via media mail. International shipping costs apply. (Contact me regarding international shipping)

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Excellent (Used)
M5/M5N (owner's manual/patch book)
Modular Synths
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United States


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