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
October 1, 2009 @ 12:41 am
my youtube link :

Play a simple pattern use by MC 303
September 15, 2009 @ 5:25 am
Basically, this is a beginner's groove-box that will do if you get a good bargain and have no other options...But you should do youself a favor and look for a used Korg Electribe and ignore the 303 altogether. It is chalk full of AWFUL preset patterns that you can't delete and has limited storage space. There's an apparent 50 user patterns available but mine would fill up WAY before that point. Unless I'm wrong, if you run it in sound module mode; say with Ableton for example you are at the mercy of the one midi channel besides the drums. This meant that all my patches were the same one...Very frustrating indeed. Hopefully that was just my error. The only things the 303 has going for it are the drums, arps, and some of the real-time controls. Other than I don't recommend this one.
August 23, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
I'll have to say this groovebox really [beep] s.. And here is what I (personally) base that upon (hopefully that'll help someone NOT buy this, despite it's ultra low price): When programming a sequence live, i.e. adding/removing steps occasionally while running the sequence, the sequencer completely f***'s up the pattern if you program a step, a few steps before. Also, you have to stop the sequence to change from for example bass drum to snare or synth part. Really constrictive machine that doesn't allow for live jamming at all. I'm trying desperately to get rid of mine now.. Honestly the worst sequencer I have ever used. Drum/synth sounds are OK, but relatively unchangeable/unmodifiable with the limited controls.
August 18, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
despite having no real ability to create your patches, like its big brother the mc505, you can sequence real time knob movements, and it has an awesome arpegiator with loads of patterns. too bad most of its memory is filled with preset grooves you can't delete. if you're looking for synthesis you'll be disappointed but otherwise its a fun starter piece that might inspire you to seek out bigger and better gear.
July 22, 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Metal*, you cannot change the pitch of the drums in the drum part, but you can load the drum sounds into a synth part and choose any pitch you want. This is a good machine for beginner and was my first piece of music gear. I does, however, get old after a while.
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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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