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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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AXMAN a professional user from DeepTonesCounty writes:
I am a serious guitar player for 34 years. From rock to flamenco--I do it all. I recently picked up the MC 303 from a friend for $325. I've been jammin with it for weeks and I must say this unit is a great jammin partner. I'm only using it for that--and believe me if I had known what it could do for my playing zest and creativity stretching, I would have paid much more for it. This thing is sensational when you find a certain combination of patterns/sounds to mix together and then jam like hell with it. I'm using it with my Alesis MMT-8 and Akai sampler and I've am practising for hours at a time with no lethargy---I feel a renewed energy and love for my music that keeps me jammin hard all night. I live in the mountains on a large ranch where I can crank up the sound as loud as I want and I'm telling you this is killer fun.

My guitar playing has improved so much just in the last few weeks I feel like I've set a new record in growth for myself. Thanks to the MC 303 I have jammin buddies anytime I want without the logistics of getting the band together for a wild session. This thing is saving me a lot of sanity. I will never part with it---I'm glad it's controversial---it damn well deserves to be. Peace

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-17-1999 at 04:02
Jimmy a part-timer user from USA writes:
Samson, I never tried to use the Mc303 alone, i used it within my rig of other gear. I just had the same gripes you did, not having enuff user memory, plus i think the whole system of how the damn thinged worked was dumb as well. I'll admit, drums were decent, but it didnt redeem itself just from that..505 was an improvement, but not much....

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-16-1999 at 16:12
Samson Oniell a hobbyist user from England writes:
Listen up an' listen good! I am sick of hearing all the lazy tossers who are to damn lazy to get their head down and work there socks of to get anything decent out the Mc303 other than the crap preset patterns. Yer sure there are better stuff out there which could make you sound pro with no effort, but with this baby you have to have other gear and use the mediocre sounds wisely! Yes the sounds are shit on there own but its all about using them properly and placing them properly in the mix ( a lot of CHORUS4 works well with most sounds especially the pads) However the drums are amazing no faults there. Why the fuck didn't they give this think more memory?!!! I 've already written 10 patterns and I've already filled it up.

All I can say is make the most of it don't dish it!

Chow!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-16-1999 at 04:08
ScottM a professional user from people's republic of indiana writes:
hmmm... I think some people were expecting this box to be their answer to being computer illiterate.... the machine costs pocket change and is an excellent scratchpad for writing beats before you start cutting and pasting real samples in sound forge or an equivalent program... it's also fun as hell for jamming.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-14-1999 at 14:48
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
Man hypemeisters are in full effect.

1> MC303 drums sound decent and it's one hell of a good drum machine 2> MC303 is a great quick and dirty sequencer for those who hate PC sequencers, if you can't figure this sequencer out good luck with PC based sequencers. 3> Yes the PCM sounds suck but some are do-able esp. considering the range of options this machine provides -- not as many as a dedicated synth but close.

People simply don't like this machine due to it's cheesy rave in box reputation, sure I hate the eighty million cheese patterns already programmed in, why didn't they just give more space for user patterns, but as a quick sequencer or sketch pad, couple with a perfectly usable drum machine this machine can't be beat. Just ignore banks a-1 through k-1 they're all crap. Make your own patterns, you lazy sods.

Give it a chance before you diss a very capable sequencer/drum machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-02-1999 at 11:10
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