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
tim lloydsmith
January 29, 2013 @ 1:19 pm
Was first synth in1998 - pre DAW days. Re-bought a nice one to see how it stands up now, PCM samples sound compressed, sequencer & polyphony easily overloaded but workarounds for both. Refreshing workflow & yes, has a definite sonic character. Filter a bit unruly but OK within sweet spots. Building sounds = manipulating samples rather than generating waveforms, other synths I own usually give superior results. Good bottom end - inspiration factor high for building drum patterns. Still rate it for workflow - very quick to build tracks with practice. Lovely to have it back.
November 28, 2012 @ 9:35 pm
it tries to erase midi cc data instead of note data sometimes, but there are ways around it. sometimes while recording the pitch gets knocked out of place unintentionally. sometimes it thinks it's in multimix when it's not, then freezes and crashes. if you record a complex track (in user temp) w/ effects reverbs and delays it will crash so save along the way. once you save you can keep adding to it no problem. but hey, my album is done. i'm getting it mastered and it should be released in early summer :) ...most of these bugs are because i need 2 update the os. currently have 1.04
November 28, 2012 @ 9:27 pm
i use all hardware in my rig. roland mc 505, mc 303, microkorg, roland mc 909 all synched together via midi (with the help of midi solutions event processor). i replaced the lcd screen with a blue one off ebay. there is a learning curve, but with the motivation you can conquer it. you do have to tweak the sounds to make it sound unique (ex: cutoff/resonance/envelope/fxm/pitch mod/panning/lfo/effects/etc.) before the 909 came into the picture the 505 was the power machine for my recordings. it's got some bad bugs for recording:
November 9, 2012 @ 4:43 am
I don't understand why nobody speaks about how the filters sound. I'd love the Machine to the fullest, it has great sounds (if you program them), but those filters sound [beep] ty is as hell. Compared to the Sound of the MC 303, 505's tweaks sound sh*tty. Sorry :)
August 29, 2012 @ 11:31 am
the mc 505 is a great machine point blank! if your a preset hoe you will not like it ....but if your a tweek head you will like it. if you hate on this machine its only because you have no imagination and no skills at programing... great sounds... just one LFO alot on knobs for creating your own sounds midi in and our 3 stereo outs in the back midi sync to mostly any daw..protools fl studio ..etc good grooveboxx help pay my bills ..classic machine to me ...peace!
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  • 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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