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
critical bill
March 7, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
beginer, you can indeed hook this up to external gear, you just need to set up the midi channels correctly. I used to use it in a basic setup triggering a yamaha su10, korg prophecy and korg electribe.
March 7, 2011 @ 1:05 am
might sound stupid but i gotta know...
"Unfortunately for us, the MC-303's internal sequencer does not output any MIDI. So you can't hook it up to the Dr. Sample."
really??so i cant connect this to a sampler,like korg-es1?
critical bill
February 20, 2011 @ 7:14 am
Henry, it's not a true synth but the ADSR/cutoff/res parameters can be changed (like on the Yamaha CS1X) so you can make "original" sounds in a limited way. It's best used for drums and sequencing (the MC-303 has an 8-track sequencer which works pretty well). Only downside is that if there's a lot going on in your music, the tempo can slow occasionally. Not good.. As the site says, it's a good entry level machine for the money with some decent features, but it's definitely worth splashing a few more $$$ if you want a serious synth.
February 16, 2011 @ 1:48 pm
henry, it's not a synth, it's just a rompler that plays back pre-loaded sampled sounds
February 11, 2011 @ 3:43 am
hi, can anyone shed some light on the synthesis part of the mc 303, there doesnt seem to be a lot of info on the internet anywhere

basically, i have various analogue synths including the ms 10, elektronika em-04, bass station etc, but i've never tackled the world of sequencing - but i plan to

at the moment i need a back up synth incase one kicks out, so until i get into sequencing, can i use this as a real time synth?

any answers would be great, thanks
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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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