Synth Site: Roland: MC-09 Phraselab: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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petey-g a part-time user writes:
You know, the 303 (when it came out) was thrown off by many people as a toy. This unit looks like it's been getting the same treatment. I've made some really SICK techno loops out of this machine. It's really easy to create, sample, re-sample etc. and come up with very satisfying electro / techno / industrial sounds. Forget about the kick drum sounds on the machine; use the synth section to create the nastiest kick drum this side of a 909. You can also get digital hell with it by using it's reprocessing capabilites and also by pushing the synth section(s) to the extreme (not unlike the old-school video game sounds you can make on a Sidstation). I'm currently buying as many of them as I can afford before people find out about this machines true capabilities.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-28-2003 at 04:40
edjwise a hobbyist user from sector 7000 writes:
ok so i got my hands on one of these last night i think that it is OK you will need to be really creative with it but i think that it has lots of potential ...i am the type that pushes lit untill it makes its own music and that is why i like this thing

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-10-2003 at 13:12
Slyder a professional user writes:
Not agree with most of the posts here.I have had my MC-09 for a week and get instant results and gratification..I see much potential here .Don't write it off as some toy if so ,Get rid of it.Rolands smart combo design is both easy and intelligent. A great start into the world of digital music.I love the presets and hear many potential songs and get many ideas ..My first song got rave reviews from my friends It did STUN them.I midi ed up my Zoom MRT-3 to the internal clock and get a extra patch track and get super drums !works like a to get the best out of it..just listen WOOKIE ,you can't tell just what I used to create my Jam in the end.. It rocks Thanx Roland !!! long live the MC-09 !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-01-2003 at 15:50
Sawblade a hobbyist user from United States of America writes:
After the death of my beloved S1000, I was looking for a ultra-cheap sampler. I found the MC-09 new at a store for $169. I figured I couldn't go wrong at that price...

The sampling ability of this device is the absolute possible minimum that can be useful to a musician.

There is no junctioning of specific notes to one of the four audio "parts", or samples. You have to create a "loop control" pattern in Trigger mode, where each of the 16 steps can play one of the four samples (or no sample) - therefore this is a 1-polyphony sampler.

The only way to play more than one sound (or three when doing rhythm patterns) is to record it to a "part". So, the concept is to make a bassline, lead line, rhythm part, and switch on and off the parts in realtime, or merely have a loop going constantly...

But, like I said, it's still useful, even if difficult.

I like the synth a lot. Yeah, it's a digital, but one thing that's good is you have a lot of waves (as opposed to the actual 303 which has only two), and the filter can be set to LP, BP or HP. Good rough reso, and it seems to try to do that squelchy thing the 303 does. It's pretty okay. (The synth can be controlled by MIDI directly, by the way...)

I wish the drum sounds were more tweakable like the synth waves... (all you can change is volume). There are about 10 drum tone sets, they all have an electronic 90's-wanna-be-analog character to them, the kicks are kinda good. Nothing especially memorable though. And, you only have four tones: BD, SD, CH and OH. Again, the absolute minimum.


BIG NOTE: PRESS "SETUP" and then "REST" to clear a pattern: is isn't made overly obvious in the manual.

Those who are familiar with the Roland gear will notice there is no Song mode. That's because selecting patterns generates a MIDI program change, and vice versa.

I like this a lot though, it's kind of neat to have all this in one box even if one particular aspect isn't the most powerful. For this price, I won't complain. If you are a new musician who would like to figure out what the big deal was with all the old Roland boxes, this should give you some idea. (But nothing will ever be like the machines of yesteryear...)

Oh, and yeah, the interface is crappy, and the display sucks, but the lights are cool, and if you want to complain, try programming an MC-202, or an actual TB-303.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-15-2003 at 03:04
Mike Goodin a hobbyist user from usa writes:
this box is made for tekno... and oh yes it will live to be ateka legecy

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-24-2003 at 00:51
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