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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Xxxcaliber a professional user from USA writes:
If you are serious about production and you are looking for a capable workstation read this excerpt. The first thing you wanna do is ignore every negative remark about this piece.If this was the only peice of production equipment I had I could make hot tracks and never skip a beat. Sampler is one of the best in hardware that I have ever seen. Has 1 expansion slot and cool effects. Even though the effects are cool you can't chain them on each part without getting tripped up. If you use the RPS long enuff and keep storing banks eventually they will start dropping out of your sequencing. Other than that board is fantastic. U can get one off ebay now for around $750 if you probe long enough. Trust me this is a good groovebox that can handle almost any production task in the right hands. I have had mine for a while now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-14-2005 at 22:12
C. a professional user from Netherlands writes:
This machine is solid, reliable and the sound is fat. I use it in the studio everyday and take it out live every time, it's a total tool. Usually you will find that the only people that don't like it either do not own one, or they have played with one for a limited time, probably only using non manipulated preset patches without going deeper into the machine { it's usually the same people who can't get a good sound out of what ever they use }. Roland never give you it straight away, you have to search, unlike say the Electribes where it's all done for you and mostly sound great straight away { but personally I like the fiddling around to find the sound, that's the fun part to me } . Of corse being into Roland stuff has never been top cool amongst the anoraks and the in Vogue club.

The MC-909 really is the best of the Roland Groove range, even the build quality seems to have improved since the MC-505, as it seems to be able to take more abuse. And as for the sound compared to the MC-505, well it's just much better it's not really that comparable as it has a different engine driving it.

Things that's could improve it would be the ability to write when the machine is running, the ability to put the effects on all out's. It's also slightly too big and it would be nice to be able to put your own patches in alphabetical order. Roland have of corse put odd things on it like the stupid D-beams and the V-link, I really don't think for one minute any serious musician would ever even look into those functions, but then that's just a Roland thing, strange, but they have always done these odd things. Also I must say that the processor inside must be prehistoric, as when full of samples like mine is, it takes far too long to load.

I have other equipment and these days there is so much choice in the shops, you just really end up changing your set up until you find the formula that works best for you. Don't buy hardware though and then compare it to software, machines just have not got those endless possibilities of your computer, but that's not why you buy machines is it. Personally for actually making the music, for the most I use machines because looking at a screen drives me a bit mental at times. So the MC-909 is perfect because I can do all sample edits on the computer and dump it all across easily via USB.

If it got stolen would I buy another ? Well the Korg SX is a blinding good machine, but everyone has got one { and that's not without good reason }. but it's nice to have something different, it's not like Roland have learnt nothing from all the years of making instruments and the sound is still very Roland. Then of corse there is the Akai MPC4OOO but it's far too big to carry around and still a bit buggy with the OS. Of corse there are other possibilities instead, but I recon yes I would buy another if it were stolen, I've have had the MC-909 at the heart of my set up since it came out and still everyday I like using it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-25-2005 at 07:16
ling a professional user from ? writes:
Just writing to say that the roland mc909 is a complete waste of money(nice try roland but you have failed yet again),trying to use this synth in any proffesional way is useless and convoluted to say the least,i sold mine,and am currently using fl studio 4 which is just as good and much faster to work with,my advice advice to anyone considering selling theres is do so now before the price plummets so low that you end up using it as something to prop open your door.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-17-2005 at 10:50
Daniel a part-time user from Germany writes:
I just got this beast from ebay,it sounds realy good :) and works well with my emu xl-7. But what I do not like about it , is the way the fx are set.I can not individualy rout dry&wet to each part.And one can only have one mfx for each part or one has to rout them in chain.:( But still will work perfectly in my live set....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-05-2005 at 11:02
eL a professional user from USA writes:
I have had this beast for almost a year and it still sonds awsome! I have the EMU MP-7,YAMAHA RM1X,AKAI MPC3000 and,MC-909. For what it does this is by far the pick of the litter! Once you start getting into what you can do with it it really shows why it's so hot. The synth section is easy to navigate around due to the BIG screen, sliders and,knobs. Don't let anyone tell you differant this box can sound just as dirty as anything! Get an SRX expansion board and "lean back". If i was stuck with just one piece the, MC-909 would be my choice and i don't work for Roland.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 15:07
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