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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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NT a part-time user from Sweden writes:
This synth is not for cheezy trance tunes or boring acid. This is a pure undrground techno synth/sequencer. It has the best compressor algorithm in the class (the Lo-Fi fx) and surely future proof (6 outs!!!) Best way of using it is in conjuction with a comp and some real analogue stuff...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-13-2001 at 03:47
adrian lendon from uk writes:
Totally cool bit of kit!!! Pisses all over the mc303 soundwise and otherwise! A mate of mine tried to warn me off gettin one sayin it was cheesy techno in a box,but i totally disagree.It has the ability to make some truly inspiring sounds in the synth section and the presets aint too bad either!The drumkits are particully good(the 808,909,606, being spot on and pretty damn authentic)and i own a real 808!! If your starting your electronic explorations or are a seasoned programmer the possibilities are endless!! BUY ONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-05-2001 at 17:59
Hype a hobbyist user from Wisconsin writes:
The MC-505 is a outstanding groovebox. Easy to raise and lower levels. The effects you can put onto the patches are killer. Can completely change the sound of a patch with a little turn. Easy to delete your patterns. Overall this is an great peice of equipment for studio and home studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-29-2001 at 17:56
G.R. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
purchased an mc-505 about a week ago. what a wonderful machine. the presets are great(allowing you to dive right in without even knowing what this can do under the surface), the programming is nicely laid out, the sounds are excellent, the fxs are good as well. most importantly there is so much to this board. it will be a challenge finding all it can do for long while i am sure. i've enjoyed the pads it has. some are very powerful. preset wise it is very dance orienated, though it can be manipulated to fit my needs which are very much not dance orienated. an all around good machine for programming beats and bass and some powerful pads. i think this instrument i'm holding onto. G.R. []

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-12-2001 at 18:44
Miguel Miranda a professional user from Portugal writes:
Many people say this machines does not rock... Well a an owner i could only say that maybe it's expensive but o does'nt want to have one for free. This machine is far better than RM1X and it's not correct to compare the two.

The sound structure is different, sequencing is different, efx are different so why compare them.

if you pay more for the 505 you get more from it.

the 505 is a hibrid of workstation to live-act controller. It as a dedicated MIXER for all sequencer channels wich controls Level,Pan,KeyShift,Reverb,Delay,EFX... A bunch of knobs to control individual soundz, system EFX, Arpeg.,Quantitize,Portamento, ADSR for Pitch,Filter,Amplitude. Control for one of the two LFO per TONE (4 TONES max. to build a patch) controlling RATE,TYPE,DEPTH. It's tottally MIDIfied, accessing to all parameters via MIDI CC,RPN,NRPN,SysEx. If you buy a MIDI control machine you can access other parameters. Well , much to say that this machine rocks. Often used in music, Commercials, Games sounds... Based on Roland JV system with Dance oriented soundz. Possible expansion via smartmedia card (2Mb and 4 Mb). The Sequencer is a loop sequencer, based on the Roland TR style sequencing method.

Also you get 6 outs (2 mix channels, 4 dry ch.) give you plenty ways of patching soundz with outboard gear.

Dbeam can be nice, like Arpegio can be sometimes

Also you get Phrase sequences(RPS) to be triggered realtime, megamix for live-performance.

Midi control for RPS (riffs,drumloops...), and Arp.

great machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-26-2001 at 12:07
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