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
July 22, 2009 @ 2:15 am
Can you change or alter the drum tones with the knobs?
June 29, 2009 @ 4:02 am
The MC303 is only limited by your imagination. Forget all the presets...
Everyone always asks "how are you getting those melodies?" I will not even begin to divulge the secret to it but I like it better then the MC909. By the way, i also own a TR-909, TR-808, and TB-303, as well as esoteric Yamaha organs from the late 70's, and a Matrix-12. Signed to a major label and the MC-303 and my yamaha organs are my "go to" machines for inspiration.
June 25, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
It looks like a 303, feels like a 303... and sounds like a 303. Anyone in the world that listen music created with this machine, will know that comes from a MC303. Its a nice, simply to use, powerfull and revolutionary machine, but... sounds like a MC303...
March 8, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
I initially liked it a lot but quickly grew tired to it's awkward interface and limited sound capabilities. It is a good starter's machine for oldschool techno/trance etc. but you'll soon want more. I still play with it from time to time just for old time's sake.
j a k a
January 20, 2009 @ 12:42 am
recommended for poor dance musician.
i really love this machine!
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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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