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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Robo a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I just picked one of these little boxes (I will refrain from calling it a synth) the other day and was pleasantly surprised. I originally had the preconception these were crappy preset boxes with very little power produced for the masses of people who have no talent and want to make techno. Unfortunately it is a preset box, but quite a few of the sounds are interesting and quite useable. I've heard some people complain that the 909/808 drums are not very good, but I was able to get a nice sounding 909 beat coming out of my little amp, the 808 sounds are a little lacking I must say, but if you're buying this machine for those drum kits just buy rebirth instead. People have complained about the filter but again I found it wasn't half bad (I should mention I have owned an all analog MC-202 among other things so I do know a bad filter when I hear one).Yes it does jump values when the dial is in the wrong place as most digital filters do, but if you're careful you can avoid this. The arpeggiator is incredible on this thing and I've just barely begun to scratch the surface on it. This is a powerful little box, so don't underestimate it. I have to say I resent people saying things like "it's a piece of garbage" or "it's a toy". It certainly is not. It's all in how you use it. Some people will fall right into the interface and have no problem creating interesting music, while others will find themselves hitting a brick wall. It's all a matter of preference, so before you go off ranting and raving about how much the gear sucks, take another look through the manual and you might find that it really isn't as shallow as you thought.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-16-2001 at 23:14
anonymous a part-time user writes:
this for drew and i'm posting here because my email is screwy!!

go to www.foxwarez2010.foru.de and follow the instructions for the password and you'll find what you're looking for!

cheers

posted Tuesday-Oct-02-2001 at 16:53
ybsol a hobbyist user from norway writes:
Thiss piese of crap actualy got me starrtet to make music. I vas fuced up on lsd and stole one from a guy hwo couldnt make music!!!! I didnt get the manual thogh, so i learnd everything by my self!!(it tok me 6 months) I used it so much it actualy fal apart, then i got rid of it. bought me an er1 and ea1 + ms2000 but then i realised that electribe couldnt give me the fat drum sounds I wanted, so i bought me an new 303(half the prise of other drum mashines) and I havent had a second toght about it!! by the way pc is crap when it comes to secuensing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-28-2001 at 07:31
David Luxton a part-time user from Australia writes:
I wrote some comments a while ago while I was still fathoming this instrument. After coming to terms with step sequencing and all the midi features, I'm really happy I picked it up.

Yes, a lot of the sounds are pretty boring, but it is a great portable notepad for coming up with new ideas wherever you are - try taking your computer on holidays with you!

The other thing to remember is that once you have some good beats and melodies laid down, you can use one of the midi channels to trigger a sampler or an outboard module from some more interesting sounds.

The other thing is that the basic display is actually very liberating - rather than looking at the computer screen all the time, you can be more intuitive in mixing up a track by using the MC-303 as your master sequencer.

Once again, this won't give you a hit song 10-minutes out of the box, but take some time to get to dig into this box and you'll be surprised what you can do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-17-2001 at 09:46
dan from USA writes:
I love the MC-303 for what it is and what it does. For the amount I paid ($250) its really a good deal. I have found the manual to be surprisingly excellent and very useable. This machine is a lot of fun, some like it, some dont, but who cares? Just play the beat and enjoy the moment.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-02-2001 at 02:15
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