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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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It kicks ass!!! Very good for retro techno (Kevin Saunderson) and trance (old goa or your very first trance cd's). If it is used live with good programmed grooves, people will surely move on the dance floor!!! ... You have to know that the most important things with dance machines and keyboards are the grooves and the melodies that you can make with them more than the technology and the new sounds that they can do (it's just fuckin' marketing) ... (and guitar sounds have always been often the same, do not...?). It's a pleasure to use it in real time with patterns mixing. Drums are fuckin' good! I had mine for 580 Euros (second hand) and never regret it! I think that the sounds are more punchy than the other 'grooveboxes' on the market.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-28-2002 at 20:40
Phatt digital sounds when properly filtered. Good standard drums. Good basses! Not really TB-303 sounding but some basses are phatt! Strings and pads should have been beter... but try to filter them... The ADSR controls and Cutoff/Resonance filters are not so bad at all for a digital box like the MC-505. Delay and Reverb are great. Some other FX's are quite good but you can use only one at a time (Enhancer to boost your sound, Slicer for trancy cutted chords, good chorus, but bad overdrive/distortion,...). Pitch knob is bad for realtime (you can't obtain what you want when pitching the sounds). In fact, it is quite retro sounding but you can have great fun with this box and create decent stuff!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-12-2002 at 13:43
Groovemaster a professional user from Roland...... (sorry couldn't resist) writes:
I bought the 505 a couple of months ago and its well wicked i love everything about this box its quite useful hands on but when your fed up with tweaking messing megamixing and all that you can get down to some serious programming you can get some really funky sounds or just some (gone in the head)orb esque noises. i can go on and on raving about how great this is but i won't instead i will air my one real gripe with this machine and that is..... filters oh how i longed for sceaming filters in the days of my 303 and DJX i bought the 505 set the resonance to max with my soundsystem blasting out and ARGH!!!!! fucking hell ermmmm i wanted a TB303 scream not this woooo wooo birds in my head squeaking shit, anyway i then realised that those filters were quite naff unless your delicate with them unlike me whos used to turn reso and cutoff to max and hoping its gone scream like a tb. Overall though i think the MC-505 is excellant i made a great decision to sell my 303 for this its perfect for anyone who wants a synth,drum machine,FX box,mixer and a funny d-beam all in one big box. the 505 is the best machine for dance but it won,t replicate those wicked sounds of the TB-303 but rather than buy a 303 for the same price as a new 505 get a used 505, and for your 303 buy rebirth its not identical to the TB but its a hell of a lot cheaper and if set up right does emulate the 303 quite well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-31-2002 at 10:00
Dutch a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I am not a professional musician or DJ, but i like to make tracks in my spare time just as a creative outlet. I recently bought the 505 used and i must say it's surprisingly good. After all the negative hype i had heard about it i was a little hesitant to buy one, but i saw a good deal for a used one. The 505 has a good selection of drum sounds that are easily edited, and the synthesis machine, although obviously PCM, can produce overall good sounds when tweaked. In a way i like the harshness of PCM analog emulation, because it provides completely different sounds than the tried-and-true analogs and VA's. I like the sequencer alot because it is pattern based and therefore not linear, which exactly what i look for ( i make trance, house, other techno ). All in all it's a fun and creative asset to one's keyboard rig, but for true production you will need alot more than just this well-made beatbox ( namely, a sampler, an analog or VA, and a bread-and-butter synth/workstation ). I rate this synth a 5 out of 5 simply because of its creative power and intuitive interface and sequencer (price is a little high when bough new though).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-10-2002 at 15:11
a part-time user writes:
great machine for sure

MC-505 will always be a classic !!!!

if you need the 5V smartmedia cards, you can usually find them on eBay

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-28-2002 at 22:11
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