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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Stephen a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Very robust unit. Yes, the drum sounds are very limited in number, though some of the drum sounds are very good. Other sounds (again limited in number) are excellent, the rock organ, strings, elec piano patches and others really stand out and are often better than in the follow up, the QY20. Sequencing facilities are OK, a bit tricky to program, and slightly short in memory, but quite usable, and outstanding considering the price and size of the little fella.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-02-2002 at 06:41
billf a part-time user from UK writes:
It's great. Brilliant. You can take it anywhere. It's so cheap that you don't care if it breaks, but it never does.

It can play back jazz chord progressions for you to practice soloing over. It can handle almost any time signature; change it every bar if you want.

Despite the questionable sounds and dated patterns, less is more. There's always something that can be tweaked, slowed down, or otherwise hacked to fit.

One bad thing is the manual, but I lost it years ago. It's sufficiently limited that you can remember everything that it can do, and where everything is.

The other bad thing - no auto power off, but the memory stays, even if the AA's are flat.

My most-used piece of kit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-26-2001 at 16:04
brian a hobbyist user from usa writes:
okay, first, it has exactly 26 drum sounds, four of which are snares and three are bass drums. bassdrum3 and snare4 really want to be an 808 and i'll let them because i'm not that picky. it has 30 voices (not including drums), some of which are pretty nifty.

it's sequencer is great: like the new grooveboxy things, you can program patterns of so many bars which you'll later assemble into a song, except the transposing of each pattern into a song with chord changes is soooo much easier than the mc303 in that you arrange songs by chord name and pattern number, not just pattern number and too-bad-about-the-chords. each pattern has a bass track, drum track, and two chord tracks (whose harmony will be controlled by the chords you select when arranging songs, plan ahead two minutes and they're golden) all of which you can record the specific rythms by step or overdub. here's the cool part: for songs, there are four more sequencer tracks to use to make continuous know how that's impossible on the mc303 without making millions of redundant patterns to carry it? plus you can theorhetically bounce (mix) tracks together midi-wise to get the most out of these four tracks.

okay, so even though the sequencer beats the holy shit out of the mc303, the sounds don't, but maybe with a sampler or other outboard sound -- oh wait, who cares, it's smaller than a vhs tape. it fits in my pocket and runs on 6 AA batteries. the mc303 sits at home wishing it could come out and play. so today while i was in traffic on the 405 i put together a little funk pattern by playing the rubber keyboard then quantitizing and overdubbing. after i finished making a nice slightly syncopated chord progression [c--eb|-f-d] in song mode i had to stop playing with it or else i really would rear end that car next time. did i mention i had it plugged into my car stereo's tape-adapter? oooh the demos at full volume.....

the best piece of $80 synth equipment i've ever bought.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-05-2001 at 07:42
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