Roland MC-303 Groovebox

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The original groovebox for dance/techno! It's got 303, 808, 909, Jupiter, and Juno sounds. It is a sequencer arranger with looks inspired by the original 303's and 808's... Not to mention it includes real-time Filter Cutoff, resonance, panning and arpeggiator. With this box alone you can become a techno music maker!!! It sounds pretty good and has an unbeatable price (around $500)!!!! Though it's been swept aside by the MC-505, JX-305, EG-101 and Yamaha RM1x, it's still a good entry-level machine for those of you on a budget or just starting out. It has been used by ATB.

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mattm
January 30, 2014 @ 10:17 pm
I've enjoyed using an MC-303 slaved to an Akai EWI 1000 via MIDI for years, and while not all patches respond to breath control those that do are fantastic and drastically increase the capability of the vintage wind synth. The quantizer comes in handy because the EWI sends so much data that the sequencer's memory fills up in about four passes. Being able to input patterns with the wind synth and twiddle knobs while playing back lets me do stuff that neither the MC-303 nor an EWI can achieve alone.
Trixine
January 8, 2014 @ 8:38 am
Put the MC303 side by side with an EMU XL-7 and let me know if the 303 still gets 4 stars... doubt it. Still a fun toy to mess around with, but nowhere near as comprehensive as the EMU series of that era and interface is not nearly as intuative as EMU. If you're gonna go the MC route... at least go for the MC505, MC808, or MC909. The MC303 is a toy.
gateson recko
October 14, 2013 @ 10:26 pm
The mc303 is god fun. I just picked up a Future Retro Revolution and they go great together. You can layer the two when the 303 is in slave mode. This gets really interesting when the 303 controls the rhythm section since each drum is a different midi note. Maybe not the best samples but drop a compressor on it and it perks right up. FTR I got mine for $75 US.
Jess
October 14, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
This is one of those most satisfying purchases I have ever made. So inexpensive and it sounds great. Use it with a computer. Write sysex if you can. Twiddle the knobs. Make awesome stuff.
snack master
August 5, 2013 @ 4:32 pm
I got this box over a year ago, and I'm still using it. That says something.

If I were using it for sounds, I'dve thrown it away a long time ago. But, for a MIDI sequencer, it's not too bad. The drum kits are limited, though they sound decent. Some of the keyboard sounds even sound decent when you put some effects on 'em.

Really, what's good about this for me is that it's a pretty decent MIDI sequencer module. The arpeggiator alone is a great compositional tool. I'd give it a 3/5. If it had xox sequencing on every track, or if it had more memory, I'd give it a 4/5.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 28 voices
  • # of Tones - 448
  • # of Drum Sets - 12 (inc. 808, 909)
  • # of Instruments - 16 part multitimbral
  • Effects - Reverb, delay, chorus and flange
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer : 8 tracks, 10 songs, 120 preset & 50 user patterns.
    Arpeg: 200 RPS phrases
  • Keyboard - 12 buttons
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1996

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