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Roland MKS-70 Power Supply Replacement

Switched-mode power supply for Roland MKS-70
Guy Wilkinson's P0004 switched-mode power supply for Roland Super-JX

Never thought I’d make a new friend over lock-down but I have recently struck up a relationship with Guy Wilkinson of supersynthprojects.com.

While working on a very broken Roland MKS-70 that I have in for repair, I came up with the idea to design a MKS-70 power supply replacement but figured that after all these years, perhaps someone has already thought of this. After a few minutes of searching on-line, I stumbled across https://supersynthprojects.com. The work that Guy has done, is truly amazing. His power supply design is quite simply, elegant and I’m so impressed with his methodical record keeping. As it turns out, Guy seems to be a bit of an expert on several vintage machines.

Anyway, having a Roland MKS-70 myself, one thing led to another and I’m currently in the process of building one of Guy’s P0004 switched-mode power supplies and installing his Super-JX OLED display module into my own MKS-70. It’s a bit difficult doing this during lock-down but I’ll keep you posted of progress.

Guy Wilkinson's Super-JX OLED upgrade module.
Guy Wilkinson's Super-JX OLED module. The background images show an actualSuper-JX OLED installed in a Roland MKS-70.

Guy sells the P0004 switched-mode power supply bare PCB and the pre-assembled Super-JX OLED  display directly but you'll need some competence to populate the former and fit either, into a JX-10 or MKS-70. If you're cool enough to admit that all of that sounds a bit too much for you, then please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss getting either (or both) fitted into your machine.

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If you're fitting the switched-mode power supply module yourself and your MKS-70 or JX-10 has a 2-pin IEC mains input socket, then you must replace it with a 3-pin IEC mains input socket. The replacement switched-mode power supply MUST be connected to earth as must the chassis of your Super-JX.

I offer a comprehensive earth bonding kit comprising the following:

    • 1 x IEC 3-pin chassis socket.
    • 3 x pre-cut heat-shrink strips.
    • 1 x insulating boot for IEC socket.
    • 1 x M3 earth tag.

Switched-mode power supply module for Roland MKS-70 MUST be earthed

It is paramount that if fitted, a 2-pin IEC mains socket be replaced with a 3-pin IEC mains socket and that the chassis and the P0004 are connected to earth.UPDATE - 10th MAY 2020

Last night I installed the assembled switched-mode power supply into my own Roland MKS-70. I'd already tested it outside the machine but I was still nervous. Hey, the MKS-70 fired up straight-away. The power supply worked just fine and quite honestly, if you're having issues with the power supply in your Roland MKS-70 or JX-10, then getting one of these is a no-brainer!

Guy Wilkinson's switched-mode power supply installed into a Roland MKS-70
Look, no transformer! Coooool.

UPDATE - 12th MAY 2020

Took a while and was a bit tricky but the display got done and works absolutely brilliantly (pardon the pun). In fact it looks positively beautiful.

Super-JX OLED upgrade module installed in Roland MKS-70
Never knew what people meant when they referred to tech as "sexy". Now I do. I can't stop looking at it!!!!

The Super-JX OLED module 'learns' the system's firmware so before I switched on the unit to test, I thought I'd drop in the Vecoven Super-JX flash module. Pressed the power button and everything powered up just great.

UPDATE - 19th MAY 2020

Several days ago, I posted here that I'd keep you updated of progress on this project. I also suggested that I'd probably end up making a new post. Guess what? So, click here for more on Roland Super-JX Upgrades.