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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Daniel Jugle a professional user from USA writes:
You answered your own question Fink. Fundamental. People complain about these boxes because all they are just sample boxes and what u hear is what u get(filters don't count as a MOD) It's not worthless. But you could spend your money on many cheaper,better sounding,and unique equipment. Such as a MC-202 for the same price. The drums are decent but u could find something more unique and more colorful for about $50-100. I used to have a MC-303 and I thought it was fine. I learned how to program and had some fun. But once I used it with other gear I realized how flat and weak it was. It makes a fun toy though Everything just gets lost in the mix and sounds like mud. I can't see how anyone could use this in a DJ set because it wouldn't mix well with something thats produced and mastered well. But I guess if all you play is Trance and House, no will notice cause they don't really care about music anyway.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 20:26
fink a part-time user writes:
i always wondered why so many people moan about preset patterns. if you listen to most house, trance, techno you will find a fundamental structure (preset) to most of the songs dance grooves..

i cannot see anymore how people can moan at these boxes when the very music they are trying to encapture is by it's very nature, dj orientated and very similar.

if however, you do not want to part of mainstream techno/dance genre then you could still buy a 'groove-box' and get results from it far different to the presets.

imagine if you had a mobile phone these days with just one ring wouldn't happen. it's just a sign of the times.

anyway, i'm off to make my next underground hit with e-jay!!!!

btw, i had an rm1x for it's sequencer only but had alot of fun with the presets anyway. sold it and bought an mmt-8!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-10-2001 at 06:33
....please note Tashi's review below is for the MC-303, not the MC-307...........peace on

posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 01:36
Jerry Ramirez a professional user from San Jose Costa Rica writes:
I have a quick question. Does the MC307 have the phonograph cracle sound effect that the 505 has? Also., how good is the 307 for jungle an hiphop. Are the soundsretro or what? I'm about to purchase this machine from Japan, through a conection, so I want to make sure this is THE ONE. I hear it's really light, but does that make it 'CHEAP?! I really like the looks of it, but i'm not sure if it's what I need for jungle and HIp HOP. GOD BLESS!!

posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 00:59
Tashi a part-time user from USA writes:
I've been involved with music since 5th grade. Have a degree in music performance, making techno and house since 1983. Since the technology has made wannabes increase in number, you now have the guy that will talk about how cheap the gear is and how it's good for "beginner" or the guy who says it's not a good machine because of presets and the guy who says I'm so good I don't need presets. None of these things really give you any info. What they are a sign of most is lack of programming skill, lack of musicianship and big egos as they try to break their arm patting themselves on the back by trying to appear to know more than they really do. Gear like the DJX, DR-202, MC-303 may be on the inexpensive end, but the truth is, dropping $300-$500 for some gear is still expensive for many people. These are not toys. They're electronic music gear made to fit in a tight budget. But trust me, if you have the creativity, ingenuity and programming skill, you'd be surprised what you can do. I never tell people what I use, 'cause first they are all like "oh my god!!! How did you do that???!?!" When I tell them what I use the prejudice sinks in. Then they have a different opinion... or don't believe me and think I'm lying and don't want to tell them what I really use. If you can afford to drop $2000 on gear and can get something that does everything for you and makes you a total non-programmer and non-musician, then fine do that. But there is nothing wrong with taking your time, spending some time with a MC-303 everyday to learn how to tweak it. Have some patience, read the manual and explore the equipment thoroughly. Hell Playstation One lasted 5 years because programmers got better and made better games... not because they got better equipment... think about it. For $400 new... let's be honest that is still expensive. But if that is your budget and you are not a lazy s.o.b., then the MC-303 is a great buy. Guess who said, "if some guy is getting paid to make presets, then I'm gonna use them"?? Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-21-2001 at 10:55
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