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
November 8, 2011 @ 8:46 am
Nice machine... classic Roland sound (and a lot of it!) in a box.

The user interface is almost worse than the manual, but once you start getting the hang of it, it's got a lot of mileage in it: This machine was intended for live use - the RPS and the Pattern Call features, not to mention the D-Beam.
The presets are good, but force you into clichés - make your own suonds and patterns. As for sonic variety, remember that it has 2 extra stereo outputs.
Only problem is that it's userinterface is odd and way too deep... I've had mine for years and I'm only starting to get into it.
Greg M
November 1, 2011 @ 1:06 am
this is the ultimate machine for electro music
got since 1996 and i juste love
forget all the vst crap
this will kick in yoour ear trust me
Terry Tekno
September 29, 2011 @ 1:19 am
err... toy lover I vaguely get what your saying jeez it was a struggle!
Anyway reading comments for the 505, gotta agree its a good unit.... better than the mc303 and mc909. Will become a classic if it isn't already even with the analog snobs looking down! The sounds are very useable across the board, just ignore the presets as much as possible. Also get the storage cards while you can as they are getting rarer.
toy lover
September 26, 2011 @ 3:35 pm
sometimes it's better then ult sound ds-4
it means if u do not study much of conversion of ad/da things.....
this toy is better then any other drum machines.
just my small opinion is when u can get, u have to get it.
and..the sonic possibilty of this machine with many (not yamaha) fx rack combines...
you can make old 90's music with only one box without chip mac
do not belive maximizer. the thing is if u know pure elecktricity process,no other
small box can beat this weird alien box.
mike smoke
September 15, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
for the money you just can't beat this thing.

if you are sick of software synths that sound thin and drums that don't inspire you, this is a great box!

make sure you link it to a midi keyboard. you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

tons of drum kits/sounds and amazingly usable effects. will be a classic one day. i have two and will NEVER sell them.
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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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