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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Sasu Saaristo a part time user from Finland writes:
-Getting so sick ofen though it is small and portable...it gives you no room for creatabililty.....the midi funcitons suck.....MY DX-7 IS EASIER TO PROGRAM.. I'll be honest......save your money...and get something you need.....analog/midi

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
TeknoVirus a part time user from Philippines writes:
I love this box. Instant dance music. Great bottom end. Reasonable tr-808/909 simulations, nice enough tb-303's , good sounding synths, great effects (love that &quot;vinyl sound&quot;, awesome arpeggiator.

Yup, I've read all the reviews and realize that a lot of people think this is a piece of s___t. Lots of shortcomings : shitty midi, lots of bugs, crappy memory. But once you realize this box is not supposed to be the jack -of -all trades in the studio (why did you buy it in the first place ? get a Trinity or an XP-50 !!), and is not PRICED as such, you learn to accept the limitations.

What it is : an awesome inspirational tool, much more effective than those &quot;inspirational&quot; sample CDs, which can only inspire you to curse your sampler !! Wanna write techno ? The mc does techno. Wanna write jungle ? it does jungle too. Wanna write ?...you get the idea. Case in point : I've been a rocker all my life. But I recently got interested in dance music. So, instead of buying a sampler and tons of sample CDs, I bought a groovebox. Actually ordered it from the US since it's not available here in the Philippines. And know what ? From the songs I wrote using the box, I got myself a record deal !!! Much faster than with my old rock-based set up (JD-800, X5, DR5, Proteus FX). Instant inspiration !!!

And you can still use it in the studio, just set the track outputs to &quot;external&quot; and use better modules, as well as sync other sequencers.

I'm ready to give this box 5 out of 5, but Roland loses points for not enabling the groovebox to be battery powered. Gosh, how can you use the box on the beach, Mr. Roland ?

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
sean a hobbyist user from USA writes:
One can compose all styles of electronic music with this thing, it is very flexible in this regard. I can envision techno, goa, house, hip hop, and even ambient and acid jazz composition within the realm of possibility with the MC303.&nbsp; With some dilligent tweaking and infinite patience I suppose it may be possible to emulate a TB303's personality, even though I've gotten the basic TB303 sounds to happen, the slides and knob tweaking of the TB303 are harder to emulate. Personally, I haven't managed it yet.&nbsp; I think Roland envisioned this as a &quot;do it all&quot; box, and it pretty much lives up to that in most respects.&nbsp; Unfortunately the coolest tweakinist sounds I've gotten out of the MC303 require most of my fingers from both of my hands and I still need a friend to hit the record button!&nbsp; There is realtime as well as step recording possible.&nbsp; An interesting and unique feature of the MC303 is the recording of knob tweaking for later playback. It should be noted that each button and knob has at least two funtions attached to it, as should be expected from a device this size.&nbsp; I would recommend the MC303 as a first &quot;techno machine&quot; or to someone who needs an extra sequencer, sound source or drum machine (comes with all the 808 and 909 and 606 drum sounds + more.) There are over 400 built in sounds (all the electronic sounds you've heard all all your favorite CDs + sound effects and a large selection of ethinc intruments as well) are of above average quality, but you cannot save a sound once you modify it.&nbsp; There is precious little user storage (50 patterns) but you can bulk dump user memory to an external sequencer for storage, but I've never tried it.&nbsp; The built-in preset patterns are extensive (over 300) and these can be saved to a user pattern and then edited. This is a cool box for the money and cannot be beat for the price. However, if you arntruments as well) are of above average quality, but you cannot save a sound once you modify it.&nbsp; There is precious little user storage (50 patterns) but you can bulk dump user memory to an external sequencer for storage, but I've never tried it.&nbsp; The built-in preset patterns are extensive (over 300) and these can be saved to a user pattern and then edited. This is a cool box for the money and cannot be beat for the price. However, if you are looking for the ease of use of sequentailly blinking LEDs of the early x0x gear the MC303 is probably is not your best choice.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Gary Miraz a professional user from USA writes:
This thing kicks! Easy to use. and the sound quality is excellent. bought mine for 400.00 brand spanking new! I might even retire my other drum machines. No. Im not advertising to sell them. Their staying in my studio. As soon as I can play with this thing more I will Give out more info. But I really recommend this Unit. Specially for live shows.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Adrian T. a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Sounds nothing like a TB-303 (get ReBirth for that..), can only use midi when in sound module mode, which turns all knobs off. Basses are crap, very thin unlike DX100's solid bass. Lead sounds aren't to bad. Bought mine new last August for £510. Like many others I have a long wish list of features for the next MC-x0x, although Roland have obviously listened to those who asked for an &quot;MC-909&quot; as they have just announced the MC-505. Check out www.teknet.ch/tb303.htm for pics of MC-505, or email me and I'll send you some.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
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