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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Nemmo a part-time user from Chile writes:
It's a good machine. I've owned the MC-505, the Emu XL7, the Korg ER-1 and other synths.

It's easy to learn, actually. I upgraded from the mc-505 and i don't regret it. The sampling possibilities make of this machine something unique. I use to take a loop that i like, edit it in my computer and then send it via USB into the 909. Then i just apply autochop and voilà ! I have a new drumkit.

Fresh new material to start with at anytime.

Of course that it has some things that i don't like, like it's lack of ability to properly name the arpeggios and chords you create. But it's a lesser fault.

A lot of people complain about the effects routing. Not about the quality of the effects: they are top notch. But if you had owned a EMU command station then you'll realize how easy it is to work with the 909. Come on. Where else can you chain three compresors one after another ? Some people ask too much.

I'm also glad that most of the sounds that i loved in my 505 were moved almost unchanged into the 909.

About the synthesis power, well, it is a rompler. Don't expect analogue, although some pads and synth leads are pretty convincing.

In order to make it a full machine, i added the SRX-06 expansion board: pianos, orchestras, strings, brasses. Now this thing rocks the land.

Ah, and some last words: Morphing LFOs. Different modulation routings between layers including TVAs, TVFs, Boosters and Ring modulators. Unison function that creates instant THX sounds. Random modify knobs. Turntable emulation. What the heck. And it is becoming cheaper every day. Don't miss it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-10-2005 at 00:04
hexfxtriks a professional user from California writes:
I love it when idiots who don't know how to use amazing gear like the MC-909 blame the machine for their lack of real programming skills! This machine will not bring up Jesus. But it can make some screamin dance tracks, IF you really know how to use the machine. My hint to you... listen to the presets ONCE.. then delete them and start making your own real music.. Sounds from the XV engine too thin?? DUH!! Tewak em till you like em! Trying to jam 12 gigs of sounds onto 252 megs of sampling ram?? DUH!! cut em down and use only what yah need.... This is not the box to make all your music.. But it wil make whatever weak crappy stuff coming off your sound alike reason and FL drivel shine if you really know how to use this amazing box!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-01-2005 at 02:29
dejonez a professional user from indonesia writes:
machine sound 100% , analog sound 10% , fat bass 0% , waste money 100% , solid gear 80% , hobby user 100% , professional tools 5% , roland please make a serious thing!!! i had sold of mine only Rp 5.500.000

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-13-2005 at 14:09
mr. nolen a professional user from usa writes:
Beautifull piece of gear, does it all and then some!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-18-2005 at 00:37
farid a professional user from colombia writes:
well i love the mc-909 it sounds great but went are they going to make a real hardware that compete with software to use live act the mc -909 is limited it would be better to play edit the song sounds better and complete song not just play in loops the drums are not good and the souds is like a 100 machine please make real thing

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-15-2005 at 12:54
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