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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Robert Rada a professional user from USA writes:
Ok, so the MC-505 isn't for everyone. But,you have to look at the product with un-clouded eyes. Sure, Roland cares about money first, sure, the sounds are pretty lousy, sure, the filters really suck, and sure, there are way to many presets. But, just when I get pissed off at this unit, I come up with something really good. The 505 isn't all that bad, you've just got to spend time with it. A matter of opinion, actually. In the end, I'd recomend buying software sequencers (haven't ever went this route before myself though), but the 505 isn't that bad.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-07-1999 at 04:01
Mr Mont a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I was playing around with that Rebirth program, and ended up buying an MC505 just to have fun with. I do wish it had more dedicated controls than having to fool around toggling between functions for the ones it does have. And it's a lot easier to drop out parts you don't want from a preprogrammed rhythm than to have to build up your own patterns all the time like on my old drumbox. Somebody wrote somewhere "don't expect to be the next Moby by using one of these in your bedroom", and I say Why Not?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-13-1999 at 02:45
Janusz Kujawka a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I got my MC505 few months ago and i love it every time i use it. There is few thinks that Roland skrew up on MC505 but is well worth the money.People that got it and saying that is peace of crap are just a WACKERS.If you dont like it dont buy it it's simple.Good job Roland.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-12-1998 at 19:23
Spacebar a part-timer user from japan writes:
ok ok. some people are slaggin it off, some people love it. the thing is it depends on how you use it! i had a 505 for a couple of months but i sold it to a friend, not because i hated it but i guess it was good for me as an introduction to some synth sounds, and about making electronic music in general. you can either make it sound cheap and canned, or you can turn it into one good machine without buying expensive jupiters or 909s. not everyone can afford them y'know? ;) it's basically a good machine if you can afford to buy separate gear, or if you dont want to lug a lot of equipment when playing live (which some musicians consider cool, i mean having lots of equipment on stage), but screw it. i played with some other musicians with just 2 grooveboxes before, and depending on your creativity, you can create hell out of those. to those aspiring musicians who wants to get into all these, get a 505, learn the sounds, MAKE your own ones. Don't let Roland make the sounds for us, use your ears, make and manipulate your own patches... you can do marvels with this one thing without buying more expensive equipment. i mean, first aspire to be a great musician, get a 505, create your own sounds, release some songs, get more money, sell the 505, and THEN get your jupiters, 909s, 303s, junos, moogs etc. it's a good start! :)

the d-beam makes you look like a dork on stage though. hah!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-14-1998 at 16:37
Ah'ren Ohm a professional user writes:
I've tried out most of these new age(analog modeling, still is digital), and this is the best it's got tons of options sequencer, arpeggio, several effects, the filter is nice, the d-beam is a very cool feature. The ADSR envelope generator I thought wasn't to great. There is little comparison to the MC-303, when I tried that I felt this like stress on my temples and just annoyed by the sound. I would say if got cash to blow, and can't deal with tunning analog, go with it otherwise there are plenty of great vintage pieces to be found for a cheaper price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-11-1998 at 00:35
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