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
April 16, 2012 @ 4:46 pm
i want to buy on! i live in edmonton, do you guys know where can i buy it?
peter jordan
April 13, 2012 @ 1:20 pm
Attn Monkeynuts. Essentially its an 8 channel sequencer but there are mute buttons for all the drum parts and you can play on the fly in song mode where you can effect all synth parts. each synth is made up of 4 wafeforms which you can modulate and edit. Most of all the arpeggiator is amazing. I use Reason 5 and mainly just use the groovebox to create arpeggios straight into the software. ( Mainly because as someone posted my LCD screen is pretty much wrecked. I also have a fault which I can't edit anything because my save/edit buttons don't work. Nice kit when it worked properly. :)
Dr, Feelgood
March 31, 2012 @ 10:26 am
I bought an MC-505 about 10 years ago and it's one of the best purchase I ever made. I have ALL the computer stuff - Cubase, Reason, Ableton, all the plugins.. but compared to the computer world the MC-505 has the SOUND. It has SOUL. Where the computer stuff consistently sounds glassy and pristine, the 505 is an animal. It is raw, it has bit, grit, snarl and crunch. Try out a 505 - it's the antidote.
March 18, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
8 channels is all you get...also, make sure the one you get doesn't have the bad lcd screen, because if it does and you don't want to fix it, then this is a glorified jukebox that can only play its preset patterns. i would recommend getting started with a daw like ableton live and leave the MC505
March 14, 2012 @ 3:18 am
How it goin folks!

I'm looking to purchase one of theses in the next few days and my question is....

Say I want to use this machine alone without anything else- and I want 14 parts/patches of each song on each separate channel, how would I control every sound/patch as I can only see 8 faders? Does it have a setting where you can switch to extra channels of the mixer....or is it just a 8 channel? Hope this makes sense, if anyone has any suggestions it would be a massive help.

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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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