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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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a hobbyist user writes:
I've owned my 505 for about 6 months now and I think for the price it could have been better. Now im not saying its a toy or anything but its not exactly proffessional sounding either. First of all the filters really do suck and the sound quality seems to diminish with the thicker, more complex patterns that I write. I have also found the machine to lock up and slightly lose timing when playing my patterns at a higher bpm than 120. I have already sent it in once to roland who did nothing more than update the rom and it did not fix the problem.So how the hell am I supposed to play live if the timing skews and the patterns lock up?!! The sound quality isnt nearly as good as synths like the Z1,kurzweill,or even the JP-8000. (which I used to own and sold like a dumbass!) Finally I think that only being able to use one effect per pattern (discluding delay and reverb of course) REALLY sucks!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-11-1999 at 23:08
Max Parmenter a part-timer user from UK writes:
Any dance music freak will love this machine. If you know the tip you want to create and know how to do it, the results are limitless. The people who dis-respect it have not used it, or are only using the presets. After all, Roland can't possibly make presets for everybody's taste. Be imaginative, and patient and you will be blown away by this machine. Don't believe poor reviews, believe those who know and who have results to prove it!!. This is all you need to play live....and you will achieve that musical ecstacy you have always desired. Party people will prove that to you just by the way they grin! If you can afford it, go and get one, you won't regret it.....and that's a promise!. PS: If you can connect some turntables with a mixer and stick a PC with some software samplers with it and you are really talking.............I mean really mindless results!. Do it if you can, and if you can't, start saving!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-06-1999 at 10:15
Einstein a part-timer user from USA writes:
Bought one and returned it within a month...Not because I didn't like it, just because I missed my samplers.

Sounds really fat for being a 'groove' product. Not meant to replace a TB or TR but good in all-around sound creation. I wish the FX section had more power...but the ones given were really cool, especially the bit reduction on drums.

A good buy for someone without loads of cash and patience for syncing a bunch of boxes up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-28-1999 at 12:23
baba booey from us writes:
Hi, I'd like to voice my opinion on the groovebox. i bought it a little over a year ago, with absolutely no music making experience whatsoever. I bought it because the lady in the store explained to me that it had basically everything one needed to make music (sequencer, synthesizer, drums, etc) except a sampler, all in one convenient cool ass looking box. Now a little over ayear later I taught myself how to produce music and am getting better everyday. My hats off to Roland corporation. Good day sirs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-28-1999 at 09:53
Robert Rada a professional user from US writes:
Well, after 8 months or so, I've sold mine. Honestly, all the good things on here are true. All the bad things are true as well. I wouldn't recomend the machine, but, it does what it's made for. Why don't I like it? Well, the filters are terrible, and there's only 4 seperate outputs from the general stereo out (which the manual doesn't tell you how to use anyways, at least I couldn't find it reading front to back). I think the major problem with the filters is that you have 8 or so sounds going through the stereo outs and everything just kinda distorts. Only 1 effect can be used (not counting delay and reverb). You're going to want to use an enhancer on those drums if you're using them, then you realize you used up your effect already. Biggest gripe, only 8 midi tracks. But, then again, this isn't a's a microcomposer. Basically, the MC-505 doesn't do what it's potential purchasers want it to. So, if you're looking for a sequencer, don't buy it; cool sounds, don't buy it. You're just going to want something else. The thing about this unit is that you can't really test it at the store to understand what it's about. You need to own it for 8 months to understand all of it's plus and minuses. I've made some semi-cool songs with's just that the MC-505 isn't enough, especially at it's price. Spend the extra dough and get seperate components, you'll be much happier.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-26-1999 at 17:33
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