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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planetplayer
January 12, 2009 @ 5:47 am
Has fun collection of Vintage Roland, but not for me.Filters are nice and casing is superior. This is better than the competition.
Not the very best of samples if you are loking to replace original equipment. But samples are superior. You just cannot replace original equipment with this one.
Tangarae
December 31, 2008 @ 10:55 am
I'm trying to learn to work my MC-303 that was given to me.
david shelton
December 22, 2008 @ 1:32 pm
I HAVE BEEN USING THIS SINCE 2000, I LOVE THE MACHINE FOR OLDSCHOOL SOUNDS, IT WORKS REALLY WELL IF YOUR INTO MIDI, AND USING IT AS A SOUND MODULE,BUT IT IS NOT LIKE THE MPC,BUT IT DOES HAVE FAT SOUNDS, LOVE IT.
Yamon
December 14, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Yes, the manual is a typical Roland one, ie: virtually impenitrable.
Yes, it is very complex, with multiple button pushes to get anywhere, (and TB 303's were such a doddle to use when they first came out, weren't they. Thats why they sold so many millions, because of their ease of use interface).
Yes, the stock sounds are a bit weak, (but who wants to use stock sounds when their are nice knobs across the top to tweak them out of all proportion).
Yes, the drums sounds are very nice thank you very much, (but trying to layer two bass drum sounds can be a real b*tch unless you don't mind sacrificing one synth part for some steptime drum programming funkyness).
In short, it's flawed but those flaws nurture inventiveness. In an age where it's all virtual synthesis, click-drag&drop, cut-copy&paste, etc, this unit IS hard work but the sense of achievement when you can wow an audience without a laptop in sight:- Priceless.
You can have mine when you prise it out of my cold, dead hands.
Chris K.
December 13, 2008 @ 12:28 am
Honestly, this machine in NOT complicated! I have owned one for years.I create my own patterns, use the variation pattern spot, use the cool arpeggeator and bounce it all into Digital Performer! Awesome!
 
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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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