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
shin hang
April 17, 2011 @ 2:37 pm
notice!

if u buy this midi monster first time, it's better be re-set factory setup.

because many people use this tiny panel to see lights up..
so second used ones used to be light out.

only bad news is if u using bassboost much,
sometime too bassy without center sound
so bass mix is hard though.
stressfx
February 8, 2011 @ 6:06 pm
hey guys,
thanks for the positive reviews. I have a website now that you can order the screens from.
mc505display.com
Also if you need the potentiometers I also sell those for 5.00 each. Just contact me at
stressfx@comcast.net
thanks,
jim
Suburb Animal
January 27, 2011 @ 8:40 am
I also had the problem with the died LCD
I bought one from stressfx@comcast.net for 50$ and I got it a week after.
I just replaced after 5 years of ignoring this sweet machine i'm rediscovering it.
Suburb Animal
January 27, 2011 @ 7:20 am
I also had the problem with the died LCD
I bought one from stressfx@comcast.net for 50$ and I got it a week after.
I just replaced after 5 years of ignoring this sweet machine i'm rediscovering it.
Suburb Animal
January 27, 2011 @ 7:19 am
My first machine. I paid it 200€ in 2002 it was really cheap for it.
I discovered everything about analog synthesis with it.Quite comprehensive machine.
It's really easy to use and learn.The manual is only useful for some complex setups.

I used to couple it with a Akai S3200XL,a Promix 01 and some guitar fx pedalsl to get more analog feel it was awesome.

I can't believe it still that cheap. 64 voices of polyphony, 4 possible per note in each 8 track, so many waveforms, so much knobs!!! Maybe I'm adventurous but I can compare it to a Nord Lead 2 for a third of the price.
 
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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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