Roland MC-303 Groovebox Description The Roland MC-303 Groove Box is a self-contained, retro-styled sequencer and integrated sound module with some very high-tech features. Techno, rap, jungle, hip-hop, acid and other dance styles can now be approached easily and creatively by dance music producers and other groove enthusiasts with little or no musical training. Just lay down some cool beats and fat bass lines from the MC-303's huge selection of sounds and rhythms and let there be groove! Specifications 448 dedicated dance sounds, 40 synth basses (TB-303, etc.), 35 synth leads, 33 synth pads 12 rhythm kits, including TR-808, TR-909, techno, jungle and house sets Built-in vintage synth sounds and arpeggios; preset and user dance patterns with 300 variations 16-part multitimbral with an 8-track sequencer containing multiple quantize functions: Grid, Shuffle and Groove Resonant filter, LFO, envelope control and built-in effects: delay, reverb, flanger and chorus Realtime Phrase Sequencer (RPS) for instant recall of musical phrases Low Boost feature.more
"The midi out of the TD10 and D Drum3, and Notron sequencer went into an MX8 midi patchbay, this allowed me the speed of direct analog input to the V & D brains, but the flexibility to route and merge anything via midi. Additional midi sound sources I used were the Alesis DM pro and an Emu Audity 2000 (the audity was never used on the record). I could also access my samplers, an old Kurzweil K2000 and a Roland S760, plus sounds in realtime from my beatboxs, an MC303 and a Tribe ER1. However for this Crim record no beatboxes were used. ProjeKct X is a different story....beatboxes survived!!!"more
Eric Persing has had a unique and influential relationship with Roland Corp for two decades. He started as a product demonstrator in 1984, showing some of Roland's first MIDI instruments. He quickly became involved in the R&D side with Roland Japan, earning the title "Chief Sound Designer", and began contributing his design ideas, real-world studio experience and sound design expertise. Persing's skills have left their mark on countless classic Roland instruments. He is the originator of many legendary Roland sounds that have become part of the vocabulary and lexicon of musical sound. These include the Factory D-50 sounds such as Fantasia, Soundtrack and Digital Native Dance, a majority of the JV/XP/XV series Classics, all the Factory JD-800 sounds, the original Juno "Hoover" sound and thousands of others. Here is a partial list of the Roland instruments that Eric has contributed his sound design, sampling and design consulting skills: Juno-106 Alpha Juno 1&2 JX-3P JX-8P JX-10 Jupiter 6 Super Jupiter D-50 D-550 D-110 D-10 D-20 D-70 MT-32 U-110 U-20 U-220 Sound Canvas JD-800 JD-990 JV-80 JV-90 JV-1000 JV-1080 JV-2080 XP-10 XP-50 XP-60 XP-80 XV-3080 XV-5050 XV-5080 Fantom JP-8000 JP-8080 S-10 S-220 S-50 S-550 S-770 S-760 S-750 MC-303 MC-500 MC-505 VP-9000 MSQ-700 MSQ-100 MKS-20 MKS-30 MKS-50 MKS-70 MKS-80 R-8 R-5 DR-660 DR-770 R-70 V-Drums V-Drums expansion board SRV-2000 DEP-5 RSP-550 R-880 SRV-330 SE-50 SE-70 VS-880 VS-1680 SR-JV series expansion boards SRX series expansion boards Sound Canvas Project series CD-ROM libraries Archives series CD-ROM libraries Composers series CD-ROM librariesmore
David Gray: A Biography - Google Books Result https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0857120522 Michael Heatley - 2009 - ?Music Babylon's bass line, taken off a Roland MC303 groovebox, was also simplified in the verse, allowing a shift from rhythm to melody. “It becomes more light-hearted,” explained engineer Polson, adding “It's nice to have some musical relief after the chorus has been banging away.” If old-time David Gray fans were looking for a .. Also: https://www.mixonline.com/recording/david-gray-375552 The “drawing board” consisted of Gray's electric and acoustic guitars (Martin, Lauden and Gibson), an Electro-Voice D257 microphone, a 4-track, an Akai S3000 sampler and a Roland Groovebox synth. (“About half the sounds on the album come from the Groovebox,” Gray explains.) Without a recording contract or a proper studio, Gray and his drummer and sometime bassist Clune began “messing around,” without any intention of making an album. “I was writing a lot of stuff, all kind of miserable, trying to get something going again, trying to find out what I was doing,” he says.more
And I'm a proud owner of this first groovebox, since 1997. Acid samples, techno presets (perhaps too much) now outdated. But programming was a breeze, I had hundreds of hours of fun with this big little machine. Cut-off on every single track was a pleasure.
I found an MC303 for a bargain, so I picked it up. It's a pretty cool rompler, the synth and drum sounds are amazing despite being digital samples. It's very sturdy, could probably survive being ran over by a car. The filter is really really nice and the reverb is massive! On the other hand the user interface leaves a lot to be desired, multiple things assigned to the same knob/button, biggest issue being the envelope having a single knob. The sequencer is not very self explanatory, even after reading the manual I couldn't figure it out, I had to watch some tutorials online to get it going. Coming from the electribe it was kind of weird that you can't just pop in patterns easily, which greatly limits the live performance capabilities. The way you mute parts is weird too, all of the hihats are assigned to a single button so you can't mute the closed or open, it's all or nothing. It's also chuck full of factory patterns (133 to be exact) which are useless and sound very cheesy, and you can only store 50 user patterns until the battery dies at least. Despite all that I'd recommend it for the sounds alone if you can find one cheap. I hope I get into the hang of it's workflow and we can be friends.
I haven't gotten as much out of this unit as I'd like so far, but it's a fairly capable digital sampled synth with some analogue-modelling features. Combination drum machine and synthesizer, which is nice if you're short on mixer channels.
This thing is mad fun to program. all the sounds in it will take you back to the 90s. only real draw back is that its loaded with uneditable preset songs and only gives you 50 patterns to fill so 1 live performance routine is pretty much the extent of what can be held but that can be stretched thanks to the 8 parts per pattern