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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Shannon Routley a part time user from Canada writes:
Alright! everyone because there has so much comotion here at the Roland MC-303 Synthsite Review page I've decided to create alt.binaries.fetish.spam.MC-303!!!!

a newsgroup for the MC-303!!!!!!!!!!!!

....okay so let's be real here. I owned one for a year. I warped this instrument to death. In 10 minutes I can come up with wicked techno beats and grating ethereal sounds.

Way too easy. But not wholly original. Mainly I find this box is not really aimed at electronica but more a hybrid of past techno sounds slammed into a box to create the world of the MC-303.

I must say that from day 1 I was already pondering ways of avoiding the typical soundscape created by the GROOVEBOX. It does have it own unique sound one that I can pick out anywhere.

After a while I found myself using the sounds at veryhigh or low ranges, opening the gate (try it.) and massing the sounds with effects. Well when PCM sounds are pushed to there limits they aren't really that good.

For that matter I really started seeing my box as a sort of sample trigger box. When the chance for a sampler came up I jumped. The MC-303 is wicked for drum programming when coupled with an external keyboard. It's part selects can be used to handle many rhythm parts that are sent out via MIDI to another controller (such as a sampler) while the external controller records your live punch in/out performance.

The data can be sent back to the MC-303 for further editing/creation. I'm not saying that other keyboards can't do this, it's just that the MC-303 has a really good groove and the handy part mute buttons are so quick to grasp. In any case... it's gotta go. Someone has just offered me $700 canadian for the little silver devil. As it sits here now I think I can see it moving.... yes moving ... or rather morphing...

...it's mutating into... what... a turkey... no wait a... JV1080... or maybe a AN1X. Whatever I'llll be happy to say goodbye to MIDI Hellfunland and limited sound creation. Maybe the MC-505 will offer more but I think a group from the past best summed up the hysteria that I associate with the sound of this unit: &quot;Techno!Techno!&quot; -2Unlimited

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Darren Burgos a professional user from USA writes:
Garbage... I just sold mine for $400.00. The sick little thing is a sample

playback box. DIGITAL SOUNDING TO THE MAX. Great I'm sure for &quot;Kleenex Techno&quot;

(use once then discard), but If your trying to create something lasting and

original, the groove box is not the instrument for you. I'ts loaded with cliche

early 90's techno samples. MIDI control is a joke. When you put the Groove Box

into MIDI mode, ALL of the controls become unaccesable. The ONLY way use the

Groove Box as a multi-timbral instrument, is through system exclusive messages

via a software sequencer such as Logic Audio! That's right --NO CONTROL WHEN IN

MIDI MODE!-- This is basically a toy for 16 year old &quot;Candy Ravers,&quot; avoid it like the plauge

if your a professional user. Darren Burgos

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Sasu Saaristo a part time user from Finland writes:
-Getting so sick of all this talk around this piece of plastic

I got myself a MDC-1(Dance module) when I bought my JP8000

and you can find basically all it`s patches in GrooveF.....Box.

Ok, so are the drumsamples(808, 909 snippets)great and sound

clean and re-limited to jump right into your home-dance-tracks,

but gosh are those bass and most of the lead sounds CRAP!

It`s got lots of usable stuff, but the name...Dont get fooled

by those numbers, 303, It`s got NOTHIN to do with the TB...!!

If you don`t have MDC-1 or even worse, if U do not own

a sampler of any kind, buy it...Do NOT PAY too much though!!

If you get this moment, even for the flying moment, that maybe I

could live without it...EXACTLY! Ugh, I`ve spoken.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Jeff a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The MC-303 is fun... for a few hours/days. After awhile, you will discover that it's not quite all it's cracked up to be. If you can find one for $400 or less, than at that price it's a fun piece to fool around with. It is limiting, but fun. If you're serious about music, this probably isn't the machine you want to sink any money in to. When you first plug it in and play the demos, you think, WOW! What a great machine. Then, a week later, you realize that there really isn't much difference in the sounds you're making, it all starts to sound the same.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
DJ WAX a professional user from usa writes:
I don't know what seems to be all the fuss about.The MC-303 is phat piece of equipment for any electronica lover. Don't complain because it doesn't sound like a TB. If you don't like it sell it or don't buy it, but quit complaining that it doesn't do this or that. The groovebox is a microcomposer and thats exactly what Roland made to be. It didn't say Tb-x0x nothing. Just cause all you had was enough money to get to get the groovebox thinking it is one portable studio thats going to make me this great producer, your deciving yourself. You could have saved more

money and gotten some professional gear that would help you on your way. Quit complaining that its no TB-303. You want the closest thing to a TB, then get Rebirth RB-338 or find and buy a real TB-303. So instead of using all your efforts into downing the MC-303, use that wasted effort and to find a TB. I give the groovebox a 5 out of 5. And to all you complainers and gripers a 1 out of 5.

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