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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81 Visitor comments
June 7, 2012 @ 9:57 am
(RE: Broken Shift Button)
Check the service manual for the part number of the tactile switch. I just replaced the 'select right' button on mine, if you know how to use a soldering iron it's a 10-20 minute job.
chris goodwin
June 5, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
Hi, my shift button is not working , any ideas , everything else ok ...
May 20, 2012 @ 4:05 pm
Also this is a great item for it's price,& is also good for anyone wanting to experiment into making goa/psytrance stuff it your just new to this electronic type of music stuff.I sure wish they had thees this when i was at school
May 20, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
I have had the mc303 for about a good while,& really like it still.It's good for adding to other synths or for a small band to use .But i do a lot of goa/psytrance experimental stuff & so ir's great for dance...May not be the best groovebox in the world,but it's got some sounds on it that can be quite good for if combining instruments like i do.
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!
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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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