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
January 14, 2009 @ 7:21 pm
Airik big big thx for your answer you save my life :) becouse i want buy mc 505 first .. but when i read your post i change my mind and i buy sh-101 and next tr-909 (if stash cash to buy TR-909) . ufffff thx one more
Reagrds !!!!
January 12, 2009 @ 7:58 pm
I tried this and loved it,but I'm not a groove man. The bass bost is great. Nice roland sounds and familiar Roland working made it easy to learn quickly.
The pattern were current and futurristic. Sounds are great. FX and LFO bank great. Reminded my of old Synthi A portable.
The machine is fast also.
January 12, 2009 @ 3:10 am
Timi- The synth is just sample based, you get a lot of samples of the synths you are asking about, but they don't sound like the real thing really. It is a fun and cool instrument, but does not sound like the real analog stuff.
January 10, 2009 @ 10:13 am
i have few questions about mc-505 :) .
1. This groovbox have sounds from sh-101, TB-303, TR-909 .
2. how many in percent is like TR-909 ans SH-101 .
3. If i buy MC-505 i will got ale this same sound that mc-202 ?
Best Regards
Alien Nesby (23/A23P/Piss Ant)
August 31, 2008 @ 9:15 am
Embedded with Roland's JV synth engine, the 505 would actually offer up the most hands on control of all the JV synths.
For those that loved the hands on approach of the Roland JD-800, this was the closest the updated JVs would come to serving as an 800 part two.
Rather than offering up a dedicated control per paramater, hands on controls now typically served shared/multiple functions and some of the more "in depth" features of the arch were kept within menus. Many short cuts were enabled however to make what menu diving there was necessary fairly short.
Great performance sequencer, and even by the standards of 2008, a rather in depth synth.
Probably the single largest draw back being that it's "Song Mode" sequencing ability was rather limited, and when serving as a sequencer for external gear, it was not nearly as flexible as when it was only dealing with itself.
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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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