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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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me a part-time user from norway writes:
I agre this box has some useful sounds, but when u try to use it with a sequenser it recieves ALL midi data on all chanels!!!!!! THIS REALY SUCS!! the only thing i can use it for is to bring it with me on holidays (i dont care if it brakes any more) I never use it in my setup!!!!! ALL THE "GROWE" PRODUCTS TO ROLAND IS NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-10-2002 at 16:57
777 a part-time user from CA writes:
Worth the price of admission for just the DRUMS alone!! Forget all else!! The drums are lethal. FX suck!! Use your own!! Synth sounds iffy, but those DRUMS!! Yes!! I have had one since 99 and just cant part with it, although I do hide it in my studio (heheheh) :}

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-31-2002 at 15:05
Groovemaster a professional user from Roland...... (sorry couldn't resist) writes:
I owned the Mc-303 for a short while this year. I can't deny the fact that its reminded me of my long gone Yamaha DJX, it sounds and feels better than the DJX and can really get you movin i really enjoyed my time with the 303 but i hit one major obstical and that was user memory and the pen and paper write down your variation pattern numbers for the song you've just wrote or you may just have a suprise when you listen to ya fav songs. anyway i think the MC-303 sounds great for anyone who likes dance music but if your serious about what you want from a all in one dance studio buy the MC-505 it sounds better its got better FX and no more pen and paper also get a Smartmedia card and your never gonna worry about deleting songs again. Overall though if you want good sounds for a cheap price get this don.t listen to people saying its hard to use i had to wait for my manuel to be posted and it gave me a week of meesing round learning all kinds of strange stuff I dont regret buying the 303 its something everyone must try i just got greedy and wanted the best.... I'll give the 303 4 out of 5 because of the memory probs otherwise an worthwhile purchase.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-31-2002 at 09:39
Luc Fonteyn a part-time user from Belgium writes:
Well it’s been a while since I’ve bought it in 1999 but after a few days I already realized that it was not a good investment and the main reason, for me, is the WAY you’re supposed to use this thing. Don’t get me wrong, the sounds are good and you can tweak them but the way you create music on this thing is not my way of creating songs. It’s built to use it as a pattern-style piece and you program it a lot like those older drum machines. I like more a ‘track approach’ like you do with a regular sequencer. Play something in, listen to it, modify it, cut and paste. Also I don’t like the keyboard, I want a regular keyboard. Until now I’ve mostly used it as a sound module and then you stumble on to other problems. It’s doesn’t come with a good MIDI-implementation. It also doesn’t have enough outputs so using external fx on just a few tracks isn’t possible without first recording it as audio on a hardware recorder or computer. It is a nice piece for someone to use it in a live situation but for studio purposes, I don’t think so. As soon as I get a decent offer I’ll sell it and will never miss it. If you’re like me and you like a ‘classic’ approach to create your music (create your sounds and record it into a decent sequencer and apply post-recording tasks) then I think you’ll also NOT like this thing (or any other groove box alike piece). On the other hand, if you’re doing live gigs and are familiar with this drum computer-approached recording, it might be a interesting piece. And given today’s low prices for a second hand one (approx. 200 EUR) it is certainly not a bad choice. But don’t forget, today there are lot’s of new devices, like those from Yamaha and Korg, with more functionality at approx. the same price. Just try them out before you decide, reading about it isn’t enough, for this kind of equipment it is important that you like the interface and the way you operate it. The interface is the main reason why I'm selling mine.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-14-2002 at 22:05
jj a hobbyist user from london u.k writes:
I bought mine a few years ago as my first and only piece of kit. I still can't work out how to program it properly the manual is a nightmare...but i still stumble across some wicked sounds. I think you can get a lot of feeling out of this box compared to the very clinical sounds i ofteen here on computer based music. If anyone can tell me how to program this thing easily or has any tips id be pleased.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-08-2002 at 16:07
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