Philips PCM-100

By PAC

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17-01-2010, 01:13

Do you know it? I've never heard about this device, in few words we can say it's a portable Music Module. Take a look
this comment from here:

musicthing.blogspot.com/2005/06/ebay-of-day-philips-cassette.html

Hi! My name is Bill Hewlett. Interesting to see that people still find my product interesting! I worked for Philips in the Netherlands for may years and I was responsible for this product concept, developing the business and marketing plans and obtaining funding from Philips for this project. It was based on a music cartridge application for MSX home computers (remember them?!) - I was confident that for the same price (99 pound retail) I could develop a complete music composer that would incorporate a cassette recorder for recording data and musical compositions. It was designed by Philips Industrical Design (thanks Gavin!), engineered by Richard Watts Associates (Lindsay was lead engineer) based on a Yamaha FM sound chip, and I had the unit manufactured independently in China. We sold around 50 thousand products worldwide (Spain was a big market) before Philips pulled the plug. Yamaha liked the idea so much they went on to produce a similar (cut-down) product.
If anyone is interested in getting more background on this product then get in touch with me at hewlett@planet.nl (I still have a few units here, plus collateral, manuals, accompaniment tapes, music books, etc.). p.s. Midi was not included on this unit.

Here a video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnhgRQvaQ3w&feature=player_embedded#

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By Huey

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17-01-2010, 08:52

I remember a friend of mine having that thing. I was quite impresses at that time.

But then again. I am a total music noob.

By kwilting

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17-01-2010, 10:15

It's not really MSX related(well maybe the same music chip...) but it was (or should I say is) a nice gadget. I remember playing with it in a shop when it was released. It's really nice actually (specially when it was released). Nowadays synthesizers are far more advanced and there are other portable composing tools.

By Pat

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17-01-2010, 22:08

I guess that this guy can also give you more insight in MSX at Philips in general at that time, for those interested...

By Vampier

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18-01-2010, 04:56

I almost bought the thing... I was happy I waited till the Roland MC-303 Smile

By Repair-Bas

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02-04-2010, 21:28

I have one for sale now.

In box, box is very hard used.

btw it is PMC-100