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
January 31, 2010 @ 9:08 pm
y dont have words to describe this machine,the best of roland!!!!!!!!!!!
January 31, 2010 @ 4:57 pm
My old friend used it to do tech-dance track , and I began using it at this time , like 10 years ago . Very easy to start up !!! I have bought one 5 years ago with a broken display , and got it repair only since a few month . I'll mix these good old vintage sound with a Akai xr20 , a new hip hop oriented beatbox .
I have repair the display for like 65$can. , by ordering a replacement display from , . It's a upgraded display , it won't heat and loose pixel again . I've been able to install it by myself in one hour of work . They can provide a good DIY .
January 19, 2010 @ 5:41 pm
the 505s demo on that page is much better

you can also find some other vintage stuffs sounds up there
you just have to click blue 'play' button on the right
Pip Squeak
January 11, 2010 @ 10:57 am
Part Two

I boycotted buying Roland products for a while espescially on items another manufacturer might make also. Which in my book is a shame because I've been buying Roland ever since the SH1000.

So for me, 8/10 without accounting for the display issues, or 3/10 with display issues. (You need to see what you're doing when you're doing it - like the names etc.).

Very, very disapointed with Roland over this display issue.
Pip Squeak
January 11, 2010 @ 10:56 am
Part One:

I like this machine a lot for all the things it can do like Midi control over other synths, pattern sequencer real time control etc.

What I didn't like was that the display pixels went on it and Roland would not replace the display screen under some sort of 'hidden warrantee'. Which is a shame because it seems just about all the ones I've seen listed for sale have the same issue.

Since I use it as a 'band in the box' with my original patterns to play against, I needed that screen fixed. So at great expense to me, another screen was customized for my MC 505 by techs. It cost me just over $200 to get it repaired.

Part Two to follow...
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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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