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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
Unfortunately, it is not possible to write over the Presets of the MC505. Additional memory may be obtained by using a Smartmedia card to add to the MC505's memory. Using a Smartmedia card provides the user with an additional 2 banks of User pattern locations, and 4 additional banks of User patch locations. Using the card will also speed up your "saving" process by 3-4 times! Did you ever notice how slow the MC505 "saves" patches and pattern data?? use the card!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-22-2004 at 16:34
Marlon a professional user from USA writes:
The 505, could have worked harder on the rythm part of the machine, but it is great that you do get all of the old success roland had in the past. Look at the prices for some of the synths that the box has the sounds for! Like jp-8000, jupier 8, tb 303, and many more for a price tag of around 400 us $. The perfect peice to start off with for those who are just bulding their studio. (althought learning everything about the machine is rather daunting)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-27-2003 at 18:17
Zip a part-time user from USA writes:
I sold my MC-505 about 2 years ago and sometimes I still really do miss that puppy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-16-2003 at 16:19
a professional user writes:
MC-505 has one problem and that is that the 3 volt smartmedia cards wont work unfortunately. You will need the "old" smartmedia cards which were used in the 90's and are 5 volts. They have not been made since the 90's are are extremely tough to find. The only place is eBay and they go for $40 - $50 which is far less than what Roland used to sell them for originally ($70). They used to be $70 from Musicians Friend too. Get some over at eBay before they are totally non-existent. Once they are gone and totally impossible to find that will be a sad day for the MC-505 users out there. Roland really should have made sure to have a ton of the old 5 volt cards on hand for customers, but hey why should they care? they are busy with the new machines and dont even want to discuss 5 volt smartmedia. Call them and you will see. They will act like you are nuts for even asking for them & they will say "those havent been around for years". So its not worth calling Roland about it. Just go to ebay and get em. just look up 5V Smartmedia and you will find.

Other than this one problem with the 5 Volt smartmedia cards, the MC-505 is awesome. Many pros still use this machine and you see it in almost every studio. Its earned its place as one of the Roland legendary machines and will always have the respect of those who played with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-15-2003 at 15:12
Nick a professional user from U.S writes:
One of the best kit Roland ever made, superb for portable music production. Very programmable with great sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-20-2003 at 18:31
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