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Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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furrybum a part-time user from derby uk writes:
By far the most limited piece of kit i ever bought. great for acid sounds but not much else. Makes good 303 sounds but so do a million other machines out there. bought it cheap and sold it cheap. good for sampling and maybe to use in a dj set but i replaced it with the ef-303 which sounds about the same but is an effects unit too.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-22-2006 at 13:22
corey a part-time user from united states writes:
the 303 sounds are amazing! its a shame it doesnt come with a delay, you gotta use yr own. i have no idea why people keep saying there's no square wave, are ya'll on crack? how about tone 21? there's a couple others too. run thru the presets and you'll hear em. or how about selecting the osc wave from the shift/osc menu? theres a few pulse/squares in there. has anyone even tried?? (and PS: you dont need to be in vintage mode to use square waves) the sequencing is very easy, you can edit each note while its looping, just hit record after yr playing and select a step and use the top 3 knobs to edit note, velocity/accent, gate/slide. and the rest and tie buttons. hit another step and screw with that one, etc etc. when yr lacking ideas, do it really fast and mangle up the pattern for some accidental magic. the drum sounds are dirty sounding, you will get nothing like an 808,909 sound out of it, dont expect any of that. all the drums have a lo fi cheap casio noisy character to them. not unusuable tho, it depends on yr taste. i'd say buy it for the 303, not the drums, not the sampler, the 303. if you buy it soley for 303 emulation you'll be nothing less than mindblown by its performance, other than that, yr buying a weak sampler, and a dirty drum machine. btw the price these days makes it a pretty attractive piece, lets hope no stupid group ruins it for everyone by showing themselves using it in a video. then we'll all be paying out the nose, lets keep these things underground shall we? after all... "everybody needs a 303" (..or a lovely emulator)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-17-2006 at 22:54
Jim Poulos a professional user from Australia writes:
I've only had this for a few days and it sounds hot. The 303 sounds are awesome.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-30-2005 at 19:29
G a part-time user from USA writes:
"It's cheap as all hell and it sounds EXACTLY like a 303"

It's nice and cheap and sounds close to a 303

BUT the accent doesnt work properly! accent doesn't affect the env mod. This mean no 303 WOW sound, thats a VERY VERY big minus against this unit.

If you need a cheap bassline synth though, you can't do better for the money.

Please email roland tech support and ask them to update the firmware to fix the accent on this unit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-12-2004 at 12:11
Mr. Tunes a professional user from Vancouver Canada writes:
since i have been using this site extensively in my quest for new gear i thought i'd contribute to the amazing sonic state. if you are like me and just browses the site i encourage you to do what im doing today and submit a review.

the thing that i love most about the mc-09 is that everyone loves it for different reasons. some people were looking for strictly tb-303 sounds and others like myself bought it for its looping capabilities. i perform funky house music and i encorporate live instruments into my sets, even though it's produced music i find that the instruments add a lot of personality to my tracks and every show is different. i synced the mc-09 up to a sp-505 that was rented and got some pretty favourable results, except for some annoying limitations in boths pieces of equipment. like the limited loop length on the mc-09 and the limited polyphony and lack of volume mixing on the sp-505. considering that i got the mc-09 for 150 canadian i was still thrilled at the four part mixer and the few seconds i was able to sample with it were great for quick funky riffs. the loops were synced to a midi clock, so once you stop playing the mc cuts off your loop end and the thing never really leaves sync. unless you recorded a crappy loop, that is kind of tough. you must reloop the phrase and mix it over the original. VERY TRICKY, but so is performing live with electronic machines.

when my mc-09 and sp-505 tracks were done, i would fade over to a dj cd player for my next track. load up a new song in the sp505 and fade back into that. im kind of proud of myself for inventing my own live looping setup. im always looking for more hardware to expand this.

folks remember that when you have a stereo out and your machine like the mc09 has panning, you can make a pre-mix side where your headphones can preview things before they come out. of course this reduces you to a mono sound; i think everything that is sampled turns to mono but you probably want to make sure that your LEFT is going to the system sound board since i think this is a more powerful signal, dont take my word for it im just warning you to be careful about splitting a stereo out.

the mc-09 has horrible drum sounds, they are good for novelty purposes but the novelty wears off fast. i took my smart media card out of the mc-09 because it takes forever to load loops off it. i placed the card in the sp-505 i was using. if you can find a mc-09 grab it. the box actually jams and is loads of fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-31-2004 at 01:54
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