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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Arkuzz
June 30, 2011 @ 11:34 am
Part 2:
MIDI implementation is far sophisticated, if you have enough time, you can build your own software controller based on the documentation. Cons: it seems theres a lack of CPU power. You can drive the engine (coz it's possibilities) to exceeds the DSP capacity. In this case, the DSP rounds down calculations and you will hear strange sounds and coarse stepping pitches. Some cases it drops the tempo sync or the LFOs are desynced together. Even the controller response is stopping for seconds(!!!) but MIDI controls are still responsible, so if you drive the machine by computer its ok.
Arkuzz
June 30, 2011 @ 11:32 am
Part 1:
I bought it last year, and using it over near 1 year, I can collect pros and cons as of my opinions. Pros: same ROM and sound engine as JV 2080, so nothing crappy chipsound, this is really do the work. It seems the synthesis engine is very similar as the JV series, 4 tone with 2 LFOs (per tone) and a bunch of EGs. This will guarantee that you will able to setup a very large spectrum of sound types. Combined with the powerful (but slimmed down) effect engine, and you can generate a wide variety of fresh sounds which fits even todays requirements.
JB-SPINS
March 28, 2011 @ 10:33 am
i just pick ones of these 2months ago and i am very happy with the sounds. it is a kick [beep] unit i use it with my MV ! sequencer is classic roland style for the year if you use a mpc,mv, or any other newer sequencer u can use this unit to make hot tracks I am a roland fan and i learned how to use their machines, if u spend time with this unit you will be very happy !!
(null)
February 11, 2011 @ 9:58 am
Don't know even where to start whining about. The synth section totally lacks low-end. Also midi implementation is crap. It lacks midi thru port and i could never get the midi out to send out midi sync properly if in slave or remote mode. CPU also so horribly underpowered that sometimes buttons doesn't work. Also the sequencer is rather quirky in that you can trigger the same note several times on the same step. i.e you can trigger C-4 without the previous C-4 getting a note-off. Might be just my unit that is broken.
RAMONE DJFLUFFY
January 21, 2011 @ 3:47 pm
AT FIRST THE GROOVEBOX WAS HARD TO GET DOWN NOW IT HAS MADE ME A BETTER IMAGE AND BETTER RAPPER HAD SOME GOOD TIME USING IT I AM VERY PROUD OF WHAT THE GROOVE MACHINE CAN DO. BEAT MAKER RAPP HIP HOP METAL DJFLUFFY
 
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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

    Arpeggiator:
    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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