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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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W.A.S. from U.S.A. writes:
Sam, thanks for comparing the 303 with the 505 and the 909. I have always wondered about the differences between the three machines.

I recently got a 303 from Ebay for $167.50. I'm still getting used to the machine, but so far I love it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-23-2011 at 13:10
Conrad a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Great box for really great grooves... People should give up trying to make music with this thing and instead just make GROOVES with it... Thats how it worked for me- for putting down grooves it has really a great amount of character and a sound of its own... (PEOPLE WHO BITCH THIS THING ARE NOT CREATIVE!!!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-20-2007 at 14:56
Sam a part-time user from Ft. Laud., FL writes:
Originally, I started with a mc505, back in '98 sometime. I admired that box for about 5 years, then it seemed to be limited for some reason. I've owned many grooveboxes since then, rm1x, Electribe EA1, sp808, rs7000, mc909, boss sp202, zoom sampletrak, mpc1000, and couple synths kawai k1, korg z1, and an1x. Now I have mc303, emu mp7, an/dx200, k-station and a cheap alesis multimix mixer and a pc ofcourse.

I have to say that Roland mc is what has been missing for a long time, I even bought back the 505 few months ago, but it quickly became the cheese that I hated so much, so I sold it. Just recently I picked up the 303, and although it's not as sophisticated as the 505 or the 909, it's a great deal and a great size for my small studio. I'd say 303 is 75% of mc505 and it's about 50% of 909, sound and feauture wise...

Mc303 is a great machine, cause it's small, cheap and it provides me with the same sounds as 505 or 909. I only liked the drum-machine from the mc505, the synth and bass sounds are too distinguishable, but the drum sounds are so sick and that's why I have it. 505 was too big for a drum machine and 909 was just ridiculous in size and I wasn't that impressed. 303 is perfect in size and sound and even some synth and bass sounds are useful too if you tweak them right.

303 with yamaha an and dx200 sounds sick, add mp7 on top of that and I'm set for some time. Sampling I leave to my pc with either ableton or reason or both, maybe an mpc in the future, but not soon. If you don't have a drum-machine, buy a 303 and it will help you tremendously. It deserves a high score, compared to other crap out there, software doesn't even come close in what 303 can do... What is 100 bucks anyways, I smoke that every week...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2007 at 00:19
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Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-15-2006 at 10:27
Brian a part-time user from USA writes:
After 10 years it's amazing that people still seem to either love it or hate it...at current prices I find it hard to take the MC303 to task.

Yes, it's digital and it's not as fat sounding as a TB303....it only costs 1/10 as much, is polyphonic, has more timbral variety, has a better sequencer, a versatile arpeggiator, drum sounds and MIDI. Seems like a good deal to me! Even if you use it for nothing more than sequencing drums and/or external gear it's still a good value.

I don't really understand the complaints about the sound, it's not the best in the world but not garbage either. The effects could be more lush and the "analog" sounds are thinner than the real thing, but it's on par with other sample-based gear of it's vintage.

Ease of use is typical for a Roland, once you get over the mystery of the shift and function keys it's smooth sailing. If you have used Roland gear before esp. drum machines you'll be able to dive in immediately.

For loop/pattern based sequencing this box is hard to beat at current used prices.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-10-2006 at 07:51
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