Roland MC-307 Groovebox

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The new MC-307 is the Groovebox aimed at DJs. Like the other MC's, it is a robust pattern-based sequencer/sound module with 800 patches, 40 rhythm sets and 33 effects. However there's a new "Turntable Emulation" mode which affects the pattern tempo and pitch in much the same way as a turntable's speed fader. There are even Hold and Push buttons which let you emulate the slowing, speeding, stopping or flicking of a record by hand. This lets you control and 'beat-mix' your Groovebox just as if it were a vinyl record!

The MC-307 has all the familiar sounds of a Roland Groove product, plus many new sounds, patterns and effects. There is also a new Grab switch with multi-effects (including Isolator) for creating interesting rhythmic effects. It does not, however, have the D-beam controller as the MC-505. But it does have a nice big backlit LCD display unlike any previous Groovebox.

The sequencer comprises of 7 instrument parts plus one rhythm track. Each is mute-able for dropping sounds in and out of loops on the fly! Perfect for DJs working the energy on the dance floor! The Real-time Phrase Sequencer (RPS) offers 470 instant patterns in all sorts of dance music styles!

For DJs, the MC-307 gets 5-stars. It's the ultimate performance tool for any dance music DJ! However, as a for the rest of the synth-community the MC-307 is nothing we haven't already heard before and will be of little use, especially when compared to the MC-505. The MC-307 has already been used by BT.

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30 Visitor comments
September 7, 2009 @ 3:16 pm
the most intriguing (and hidden) feature of MC307 is its internal sinth: if you are able to program it, you can create amazing ambient sounds ....
January 28, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
I bought one once, it got stolen so I bought it again.

I love it. At first it seems impossible to overcome the complexity of programming it but once you get used to ie (and read 10x that goddamn thick manual) you can get some freakin awesome tunes out of it.

House, Techno, Electroclash, EBM and even ambient. You can get make it all.
December 12, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
the 307 has the same powerful synth engine that resides in the jv-2080 series. lots of great waveforms to choose from and great drum kits for a variety of styles. would still own the 307 if it just wasn't so under powered. in my experience when using the 307's sequencer the patches modulation could not keep there timing at all. resulting in synth lines with sync'd lfo modulation that kept slipping out of time with the tempo. frustrating. good synth with a sloppy underpowered processing.
martin trujillo
November 8, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
alguien tiene el manual castellano de la mc307 castellano, spanish
Lance Walter M.
September 7, 2008 @ 6:02 am
One of the most underground Grooveboxes out there! Some of the sounds are kinda harsh but others are flippin great! And, best of all, they're wicked cheap! I got mine for $200. If you need an all in one dance machine check it out
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here are some cool techno and trance song and pattern demos.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 16MB sounds comprising 800 dance-oriented synth and drum instruments
  • Sequencer - Sequencer:
    8-parts; 240 preset patterns, 470 RPS, 200 user; 50 songs; 40,000 notes memory

    43 preset, 10 user patterns
  • Drums - 40 Rhythm sets plus 20 user
  • Effects - 33 types; 3 independent, synchronizable effects processors
  • Memory - 800 presets plus 256 user
  • Keyboard - 16 pads
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000
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