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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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MONKEY BOY a professional user from LA writes:
love this BOXX the presets are classic tranz not hardcore wait theres efx - distortion lots o memory and do bass efx you cant do on a computer like reverce higher or lower pitch wish it had audio ins and it knew my nameeeeee

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-08-2000 at 05:13
Rob a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have a friend of mine who uses this as his only piece of gear, and let me tell you he does some AMAZING stuff with it. His style is mainly ambient pieces (something you wouldn't expect out of this piece of gear) and for him it's great. We just did our first gig with it, and yes for live purposes this thing is amazing too. I would never get it as my apporach is different than his, but I wouldn't call this gear worthless. It just depends how you look at things.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-04-2000 at 10:58
flightring a professional user from floorida writes:
this box is best suited for the person whom without much time or effort wants to be able to dj their own house party. if you buy it in the afternoon you can dj the party that night. for those who want to get more serious about dj'ing or music creation the 505 is a nice introduction to sequencing, synthesis and effects.

if you are a struggling musician or dj who wants to use this as the centerpiece of your electronic rig I would advise against it. unless you so love the machine, its interface and its sounds that you feel you cannot live without it I would suggest you use either an rm1x or an mpc2000xl as your sequencer. as time goes on you will find the 505 limiting and frustrating.

if money is not a concern then the 505 is a good addition to any set up. like all sound modules it has a bunch of crap sounds but it also has some sonic sweet spots that will liven up any mix. its also a fun box to play with when you just want to mess around.

to beginning electronic musicians I would say this;Don't go for the all in one solution like a 505 or a triton. what will happen is you'll just sound like everybody else who owns one of your machines. mix up your choices of equipment to create your own sound. don't be put off by something because it is cheap. for the most part the cheaper the instrument the more personality it has. the tb 303 was considered little more than a toy when it first came out and for a time were obtainable for almost nothing. today they are expensive and highly sought after pieces of equipment.

I give it a four out of five because 1100 bucks is too much for this unit. i would recommend buying it second hand. if you can buy it from someone who'll let you check out the machine first. ebay is a good way to wind up with broken or faulty equipment. besides the twits online who don't understand game theory always drive up the price to within one or two hundred dollars of what it would cost to order new. don't give up a warrantee, the ability to return your purchase, and the assurance that your product will be delivered to you from a respected retailer just to save a hundred bucks or so.

peace flightring

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-28-2000 at 15:52
Nick of Neonate a part-time user from San Diego, CA writes:
The 505's great. I really kicked my self in the ass to get it, and I haven't denied myself joy from getting it so far. It has become my centerpiece to all of my eq. Great patches, SFX, FX, and presets. I sequence this thing with an 808, and the two can do some really amazing ****. I really like the combination of the drum machines into this one amazing piece of eq.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-27-2000 at 23:46
Adam a part-time user from US writes:
I bought my mc505 for $200 by a crazy coincidence and i think it may have been the deal of the century considering before that i was about to spend $250 on an mc303 cuz i thought i'd neverg get enough money for a mc505. anyway i think this machine is great. i've been able to do a very considerable amount and i havent touched the manual yet because i left it at home when i left for school. in short this machine is pretty easy to use as long as you keep messin around with it, very powerful too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-13-2000 at 19:43
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