Roland MC-505 Groovebox

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An all in one techno music production studio, this machine has it all. A massive collection of professional and coveted electronic synth and drum sounds, effects, built-in real-time VCF and envelope knobs for tweaking, a sequencer/arranger, and many other great additions. This is the successor to the MC-303 and is now much more advanced. Its sounds will be familiar to any techno-head.

The LFO and resonant filters allow quick and easy sound manipulation. The new D-Beam allows you to randomly tweak your sounds by passing your hand over an infrared beam! It has a great sequencer for building your songs (with groove quantizing and part level faders for mixing) as well as many idea catchers like the phrase sampler and arpeggiator.

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This is an all-in-one music machine that's great for DJ's or anybody else who wants to create slamming dance tracks. Designed as a stand alone machine, they do not work quite as well when incorporated into a multi-synth keyboard rig. It's perfect for beginners and advanced users, but offers the most possibility to those who will use it exclusively. By the way, in comparison to the MC-303, this is far better especially in the quality and quantity of sounds! It is used by Beck, Chicks On Speed, Peaches, Freddy Fresh, and Cibo Matto.

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102 Visitor comments
August 2, 2014 @ 12:28 am
@ james cardigan

Do you live in Saskatoon? I just bought an MC505 which fits that exact description. lol
James Cardigan
April 16, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
Another thing:

Does anybody know how to fix the knobs on this thing? Unfortunately a few months ago I had the resonance knob fall off of the board after a move in which(not exactly my fault) the 505 was moved from a cushy box to a cluttered box filled with heavy things.

Again, does anyone know how to re-attach a completely torn out resonance knob?

February 25, 2014 @ 10:03 am
You switch it on and it sounds crap full of cheese demos. Lots of people give up on this machine but under the hood it has great potential. It came out at a time of cheesy commercial dance music and the presets show that, IF you spend the time with this synth and make it your own you can create some great sounding music. Roland crammed loads into this box. Its a good edition to any home studio. Buy them now as price is going up
James Cardigan
December 3, 2013 @ 6:07 pm
First of all, I think the song "Kid A" was made completely on this machine.

This machine is amazing. Despite the dead screen issues, it's still my favorite machine to go to when I'm looking to start a groove. It's like owning a TR drum machine on the cheap! Along with that I can go in depth in editing the samples of the TR sounds and make something really crazy! The sequencer is reminiscent of the D-20 with a hint of MMT 8 looping thrown in and it's also killer. The synth sounds have a better low end than the drums which is disappointing, the drums are key on this. synths are ok though.
Steve O
December 2, 2013 @ 7:33 pm
I have love and hate relationship with this box. I love the way it sounds, but the filters on it are horrible. It is a kick [beep] drum machine, it has all the roland drum sounds in it. The synth on the other hand is sort of like a toy, but it shines if you learn to program it. For the price, it can't be beat, although the command station is a good contender. I like it, cause it's spontaneous and you can quickly throw ideas from it. But the sound gets somewhat repetetive, you need to use this with other synths and treat it strictly as a drum machine. 7/10.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - Acoustic Simulation and ROM Samples
  • Filter - real-time resonant filter
  • Drums - 26 kits
  • Effects - 24 effects
  • Arpeg/Seq - Has Arpeggiator and Sequencer (up to 95,000 notes)
  • Keyboard - 16 small keys/buttons
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1998

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