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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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deejef a professional user from France writes:
Good gear for basic techno composing, quite bad midi features. I use it for live

acts in parties coupled with a sampler. Sounds are good for standard use and the big knobs (cut off, reso, lfo, ADSR...)

are useful for realtime effects.

It's not analog but anyway it's fully portable (3kg) !

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Arnold Kopping a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Some people say it might be a good starter-synth, but when looking at the midi implementation this statement falls. This was my first &quot;synth&quot; and I found it very hard to use with midi. On the other hand, I had to learn something about midi.

I don't know if I am really qualified to rate any gear with my experience, but i would rate this one with a 4 or maybe 5 as a drummachine.

As a drummachine it's very useful, I can do what I think of doing with it except for the hihats which are quite static and boring. Further on, it IS a digital sample module and I hate the low resolution(1-127) when turning the knobs. This infects all features, especially the envelope, this sucks!!!

Also the resonance is very weak. The cutoff goes deep though but then in the end it all depends on the sounds you're editing, and these are very limited. The bass sounds you're supposed to tweak are quite boring and very limited for editing because you know exactly how a bassline can sound, and the MC will only sound as a fraction of the real stuff.

But there are &quot;a lot&quot;(~450) of other sounds that are also tweakable, this part is fun to experiment with if you don't know what to expect. But then it's a question of time 'till this gets boring too. I will sell my MC-303 and buy a sampler instead, it will probably cover the whole groovebox and much more.

What I have gotten out of this machine is how sounds, envelopes, filters, LFO's, midi etc..etc.. works. I don't think I can get much more out of it.

Either it's the machine that limits my creativity or I can't do more than this. I think I can... Kind regards

Arnold Kopping

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Mr disco a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I played with one for about 5 hours at the local music shop and realized I pretty much got all I was ever going to get out of it. It's great if you want to make instant techno, but it doesn't leave much room for creativity. MIDI implementation pretty much sucks if you want to connect it to other instruments. Also, it uses the same synth engine as a SoundCanvas, so the sounds are very limited in editing capability and the sound quality is somewhat lacking. It's advertized as a 303 clone, but it doesn't resemble a 303 in any way, including the control interface.

This thing is nothing but a glorified and overpriced SoundCanvas with a very basic 8-track sequencer attatched and static sampled sounds that will go out of style in the next few years. Don't let the store demos fool you. Stay away from this waste of money. The closest thing in terms of price and capabilities would be the CS1x by Yamaha which blows this unit away. Buy one of those instead.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Crypth a part time user from Sweden writes:
The MC-303 is great, if you intend to use it as an addon to your

other equipment. Standalone, it has its own sequencer, but frankly,

you will notice that it will sound much alike. I've been using

the mc as a external box aswell, and compared to the &quot;real&quot; thing,

the 303 doesnt got exactly what it takes. Its a overall good machine,

meaning, it has a little of everything.

But i dont whine, ive owned one for a while back now, and i dont get

bored with this machine. For those who intend to buy one, dont buy one

and think youve bought a TB.. it isn't a tb, and will never be.

Its a damn fun, goodlookin, portable groovebox.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Rating: a hobbyist user from 0 writes:
The MC303 is fanastic. As a laptop music producer it's cool. Realtime rythm recording is superb - Just set the quantise (Tod, Morel, Cleveland City, MAW etc.) start recording and use the Jazz or Brass drumset for some wierd drum breaks, use plenty of snares or woodblocks on the last 16th of each bar, Use a bassey tomtom on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 15th etc. etc. I find that the quantise allows instant Tod type house grooves. My favourite is 3/16ths shuffle with the quantise wheel set around 12:00 to 12:10.

More recently, I have been using it with cubase as a sound module. It's got cool sounds but because of the lack of outputs, you have to rely on the internal effects which are cool (but you can only set one at a time). Download the mixermap (MC303) that allows filtering, effects control, volume control etc. Write your filter changes in Cubase and have fun watching them as they play back. I have owned my box for 2 years and have not tired of the sounds, nor exhausted the possibilities of the box. Interestingly, I have never used the RPSs as they cannot be recorded. Can anyone direct me on how best to use theses

I am currently using the 303's midi-out to control my Akai S3000 sampler and pretending that I am using an MPC3000. I am desperately seeking someone who has opened up their 303 and fucked about with it. Wouldn't it be nice to add 6 more outputs and analogue filters (Curtis - preferably). Could this be possible?

Finally, I left my friends house one night with the 303 in a record bag, jumped into my Suzuki Jeep with two friends and drove off at high speed. 10 minutes later, I said, &quot;Where's the 303?&quot;. Nobody had it. I'd left it on the roof of the Jeep! After having a look on the roof (It wasn't there), I drove back through dark London streets, scanning the road..... and found it outside my friends house on the street, in the gutter. It had fallen 5 feet onto a kerb and into the road, protected only by its thin record bag. I took it home, switched it on and it was fine. After that, I have to love it!

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