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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Duelin Markers a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The 505 is not analog, so it's hardly worth your time to try to emulate 303's and other classic phat analog sounds. People spend so much time complaining about that, but that's just not what this machine is for. (Granted, Roland screwed up putting so many 303 waveforms in, but that doesn't make the machine useless.)

The synth IS incredibly powerful. Don't take the presets as exemplary of the best sounds that this thing can make, because they're awful. You can have a better patch put together in about 3 minutes. The part sliders also give you great control.

This machine is pretty comonly dismissed as a toy, but it's only because of the preset patches and patterns. (That there are so many and that they sound so cheesy.) If you don't fully exploit its features, it can certainly be nothing more than a toy, but don't believe the hype -- this thing can KICK ASS.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-25-1999 at 13:18
waxin303 a part-timer user from U.S. writes:
Ok, all I gotta say is that the 505 is great for beginners...umm for like maybe a month. Its full of preset garbage, the damn sounds are soooo weak its amusing. If your buying one for the 303 sounds DON'T!! Get yourself a real one. And the drum sounds are very poor when mixed..become extremely muddy. I honestly would have kept mine if it had individual outputs...I mean what the hell was Roland thinking?? You have a great 8 part mixer but only a set of stereo outs, laf. Take my advice its a beginner unit.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-25-1999 at 12:47
Woody Tobias Jr. from USA writes:
With it's x0x wannabe design, preset rhythms, and annoying "groove approved" marketing. The MC505 almost dares people to not take it seriously. But, under all that crap is a fun to use machine that has lot of nice and intuitive features. I bought it used, figuring if it sucks, I could sell it off. But I don't plan on selling it anytime soon.

I haven't dug really deep into all it's capabiities, but it's a great way to create music. I have it hooked up to my A3000 and K2000. I create songs constantly now because it's so much fun to do using the MC (nope, not using preset grooves).

Also, you'll get much more use out of it if you hook it up to a velocity sensitive controller keyboard.

Don't slag it off, it's powerful.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-01-1999 at 19:49
Hans from Germany writes:
It sucks badly, it's a defenite No No. The drumsounds are OK but the rest is a bunch of crap. The 303's for example, I wonder if the guys at Roland still have one of the real 303 boxes, cuz the 303 sound in the MC505 is real horseshit.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-16-1999 at 07:48
CHRIS,CARTWRIGHT(KIT) a professional user from Sutton Macclesfield cheshire writes:
I Have the M.C. 5.0.5. and i must say its a great machine,For drums all the classics are there, 808 707 303 e.t.c there all here and lots of new drums for JUNGLE and future dance music. Getting that classic HOUSE Machine gun snare roll is easy just pick your snare play it in with the arrpeggiator add effects . As for the yammah rmx1 which is the only machine near the 505, RMX1 is a great machine the only difference being the 505 sounds are far more powerfull, upto 4 tones can be putt together,i found the rmx1 sounds good put some of them are a bit thin sounding theres some good sounds and some shite sounds,the 505 is deff the best sounding machine,but the rmx1 is cheaper.. after trying both machines i went for the (505) deff the better sounding one......!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-13-1999 at 09:41
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