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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Mike a part time user from Sweden writes:
Well, Roland has done it again!!! A "low budget all in one tone generator". This is better than the MC-303, but the sounds are so Cheezy, no punch in them. It's like they are not there at all!!! Nice sequencer though (á la 909), but the sounds sucks (at least 90% of them). The only nice sounds on the MC-303 was the OB soft Pad and some drums sounds (not the 909!!!) Nope, the YAMAHA CS1X would be better cause it sounds better. The MC-505 has the same canned cheap sound like the MC-303. How do I know, cause I actually have an MC-303 standing in the corner collecting dust!!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
benny kliachko a hobbyist user from Israel writes:
well, well, well.......... Great piece of work!!!! I had a chance to try it since my friend has purchased one. Let me tell you, this is a hell of a machine, everything that the 303 didn't have this one does, everything except..... Fliters. yeah, they're too digital, in fact it isn't better than my JV-1080 which I really love. But, on the other hand, it's a D.J's dream to have one. it has every possible option for a D.J for performing live at any situation. The RPS engine is really great and I like the part of muting and soloing every part and the sound creation architecture is better, it is even clearer than my JV-1080 which lacks the good LCD, the JV-2080 has it with a hell a lot moew money, a real rip-off if you ask me. the expansion boards are way too expensive, I don't know how much a memory card for the MC costs but I bet it won't be cheap. the DBeam is amazing!!! very sensitive, it responds great from any distance. I actually raised my hand one meter!!!!! it got it!!!!!! for ending, great piece of work!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
bill a professional user from 0 writes:
this machine rocks. those people who hate it just have no idea how to use it. Your CAN create great sounds and mess with them live. You will not be disappointed

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
sean a hobbyist user from seattle writes:
What sets the MC505 apart from everything else is the D-Beam controller. This very sensitive controller (set on the adlib setting) allows for freeform improvisation, and while set on the res/cutoff position allows the smooth oscillation of classic synths, but with a new edge. The D-Beam effects can be used either alone or during the playback of any pattern. The 505 is a quantum leap from the MC303. The sounds are extensive and with the added ADSR and improved LFO controls, the MC505 can belt out sounds like your favorite classic boxes. Also much improved is the solution for user storage using smart cards. This box is worth the price. As far a fun factor goes - the MC505 beats the QM309 with easem thanks again to the D-Beam controller. I want one of these controllers on everything I own!! Also a leap ahead: multiple outputs allow to record MC505 parts seperately on a multitrack recorder, effects section is radically improved, new multi function mixer section is great. The overall sound quality of the MC505 is much better than the MC303. Without the D-Beam controller I would give the MC505 a "4".

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
rowan wyborn a hobbyist user from australia writes:
the mc-505, like the mc-303, is still and always will be a toy. sure its great for making those laborious repetitve 4 to the floor tracks or maybe something to use as a way of getting ideas down. maybe it would make a good drummachin apart from the $2500 price tag. i played with it in the shop for a while, filter still sounds as digital as ever, samples are mainly single shot bleeps and blops. i wouldnt even consider buying it, theres so much better gear around for the same pricetag (or even less)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
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