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 24, 2011 @ 6:49 pm
Good news guys, I just installed a replacement lcd today from Rightkeyrepair and it works brilliant, cost me 50$ or so. At first, they sent me a non working one, after I sent it back, they sent me another one, which is working well. My 505 was "dead" for past 5 years, so I am so happy to get it back :)
January 18, 2011 @ 8:51 am
my lCD die too, try!
January 6, 2011 @ 7:30 am
Talking about the display-bug - the display on my 505 just died :o(. Does anyone know where to get a new display for replacement ?
I'm pretty confident I can replace it myself sp I just need the spare part
December 26, 2010 @ 8:58 am
Very cheap and powerfull machine for live fun or studio work, from cheasy to realy hard and dirty... for the price they go these day you cannot go wrong.. beware of the display bug ... find one with a change display or buy very cheap and change it, it is well worthy
captain o
November 27, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
It's all about the sound. This is the best synth I have ever bought. Sure, it may not sample, it has a limited interface and polyphony.

But box DELIVERS the best of the Roland sound. It has a unique attitude and vibe that almost nothing else has, even most Roland other products. The synth sounds are especially amazing and MUSICALLY useful.

Don't fall for the MC-909/808 ruse - the 505 uses a different synth engine and delivers sonically where the 909/808 cannot.
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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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