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
November 22, 2013 @ 8:54 am
can anyone tell me how hard is it to get Standard Midi Files into the 307, and how powerful the sequencer is? That's all i care about really, to be able to bring my fully arranged 8-track songs live, with familiar roland sounds, without bringing extra gear with me. Thanks
October 3, 2013 @ 11:25 am
The mc-307 has the same powerful synth engine as the jv-2080. The only problem being the 307 in my experience(same with the mc-303) is underpowered. When you start going crazy with modulation the 307 cannot hold the timing down and the lfo's for example get sloppy rate wise. regardless of what you do the tempo sync will not hold when the engine is pushed. keep it simple and you should be ok.
March 12, 2013 @ 10:19 am
I have used and owned a couple of grooveboxes from different manufactures, the Roland mc-307 is the only one I kept. This machine have awsome drums and sounds that never gets boring, add some tweaking options and you have a timeless classic.
December 11, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
A fun machine...Nothing too serious.......
I have had the MC 307 for a few years now and it often gets used
Easy to play with especially for beginners
June 11, 2012 @ 2:51 am
In additional
Basically midi can be referred as a controller. It does control and can be controlled when hooking up to other controllers aka midi devices. U can record midi data but not the audio signal via the midi cable.
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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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