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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101 Visitor comments
August 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am
I bought one of these when they came out to replace my 303 which had been stolen. I just emailed a bunch of places to replace the LCD which has a row of dead pixels. Other than that, it's been a super trooper for me since the millenium. Go Groovbox! (uh, these patches will become retro-cool at some point, right?)
August 5, 2012 @ 3:45 am
You know, I think its a freakin' shame what some of these people on Ebay are asking for this thing. RIDICULOUS!!!
July 7, 2012 @ 9:14 am
Bought one of these when they first came out - it was great but I sold it after five or six years when I was buying more equipment. 2 years later I had to go and get another from ebay I guess I really missed it!
June 24, 2012 @ 3:01 am
I love it. It was my frist musical machine. The sound has character. You know when your listening a 505. You learn to recognize his sound. The programming of this Groovebox is not so difficult, but takes time to learn how to use it properly. My only complain about that is, in case of my machine, the pressing buttons at the right half of the machine are too hard to press. Apparently in the assembly Roland used 2 kind of different switches. I'm seriosly thinking in replace all of the switches.

Anyway, you don't know you want a MC-505 until you have it!!!
June 19, 2012 @ 5:25 am
ps: amazing bit of kit!!
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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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