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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82 Visitor comments
May 18, 2012 @ 12:50 am
I got my MC-303 in a surplus shop here (Philippines) for cheap [php. 2k] and oh my God I love it very much. For years I kept thinking about getting a sampler (in this case, a rompler) for my band to add more creative elements. I play guitar but I never liked the idea of playing just 1 instrument. I like multitasking, you see. I had a few errors but with practice I pretty much can use both guitar and rompler live. I love the presets sounds and that 808 and Juno sounds. It really works with my band's genre/influence which is shoegaze/drone/post hardcore. Money well spent!
May 1, 2012 @ 1:06 pm
God, i love this thing.. I`m on a budget yes, but i`m having so much fun with it. Learning something new every day on it. I ain`t never letting her go!
March 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am
Hey does anyone know how can I tweak the cut off or decay for individual drums? I've been reading the manual but can't really figure that out..a bit frustrating..
December 28, 2011 @ 4:41 am
chris303, just set them to ext, then 'system write' (shift+function+button 15)
December 2, 2011 @ 4:17 am
Hey guys, the memory of mine is full, and use I've done dump, but I dont't know if it is possible make longer the memory.
Expansion board, or something like that?

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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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