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
September 2, 2011 @ 4:51 pm
just picked one of these bad boys up today for a good deal with super heavy duty flight case, first impression is a fun machine with huge sound, shakes my basement studio.
Mike B
August 30, 2011 @ 10:09 pm
I replaced the screen in mine. It took some time and some elbow grease to carve out enough space for the replacement screen, but once I got it in, it looks great and I can finally start digging into the menus again. I've had it since '98 and the thing can still spank.
August 26, 2011 @ 9:17 pm
Hi disappointment,

You can replace the screen yourself if you're handy with electronics. My screen is still good on mine but if it goes out I'm contacting these guys:

From what I've read the screens have a tendacy to go out on the 505. If you replace your's you can get back to making the room shaking beats that the 505 is known for! ;)
August 20, 2011 @ 11:54 am
I own one, too. The Display was broken after 2 only weeks... I wrote Roland and they have the worst service ever since they did not want to replace it, instead I would have to pay a local musicstore to repair it for like 150€...

It has a nice sound but I won't buy any Roland products anymore, BIG disappointment.... BE WARNED!!!
toy lover
August 9, 2011 @ 5:01 am
is there anyone recommend without elektron and mc 505?
this is too cripy to use still over 10 years. too good.

this is drumachine of solid state.

sometimes i akward to record the real tr 909 is worse then this toy.
maybe yes, i'm freaky. i sold my senses to cheap mind maybe.
i'm big fan of dnb and dub step so may be there is none replaceable groove box.
still better then korg toys. i sold them all electribes.
dubstep timestrech is hard but with this machine, it's don't have to do work even.
u just need to study midi not ableton then.
machine drum = roland
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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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