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        The latest tool for dance music production.

        Combining an expandable synthesizer based on a custom wave ROM with a professional sampler and sequencer, this revolutionary studio offers power, flexibility, and unrivaled ease-of-use. A USB port makes it possible to exchange samples and Standard MIDI Files with a PC, while onboard effects and mastering processors give producers the ability to create finished tracks. 64-voice synth engine. CD-quality sampler. 16-track sequencer. Its 16MB of sample memory is expandable up to 272MB using Roland's next-generation SRX boards loaded with fresh waveforms and patches that will keep your Groovebox groovin' for years to come. It comes equipped with Chop, Timestretch, Normalize, and Wave Edit functions. Effects include reverb, compressor, mastering effects, and 2 multi-effects processors. It has S/PDIF digital I/O for sampling and connection to digital gear. For professional MIDI sequencing, it has velocity-sensitive pads and hundreds of preset patterns. Large LCD display and realtime controllers including Turntable Emulation for audio and MIDI, plus a V-LINK function for integrating audio and video in performance.

        Features

        • Flagship dance music workstation with 64-voice synth engine, CD-quality sampler, 16-track sequencer, effects, and USB
        • 16MB sample memory (expandable up to 272MB) — plus Chop, Timestretch, Normalize, and Wave Edit functions
        • Hundreds of new waveforms, patches, and rhythm sets with SRX expansion
        • Dedicated mastering effects, reverb, and compressor, plus 2 multi-effects processors
        • USB port for WAV/AIFF/SMF file transfer; optional SmartMedia storage
        • S/PDIF digital I/O for sampling and connection to digital gear
        • Professional MIDI sequencing with velocity-sensitive pads and hundreds of new preset patterns
        • Intuitive interface with large LCD, Part Mixer, and realtime controllers including Turntable Emulation for audio and MIDI

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        4.4

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        Solid groovebox

        Solid groovebox that is very affordable on the used market. Analog sounds are very crisp and easy to make adjustments too. Large LCD screen is easy to navigate and makes functions easy to find....Read complete review

        Solid groovebox that is very affordable on the used market. Analog sounds are very crisp and easy to make adjustments too. Large LCD screen is easy to navigate and makes functions easy to find. The learning curve is very simple if you understand sequencing basics, I was able to make a few beats the first day without needing the manual. The sampler function is fantastic, very simple to input audio and chop manually or auto-chop. I would recommend getting the 256MB RAM immediately if you plan to use the sampling function of this box. Would like to see a few other features such as the addition of mute groups, but nothing that is a deal breaker. Used along with a Yamaha RS7000 and a Technics 1200, this completes my live PA setup for hip hop/EDM jams.

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        What is Roland Thinking?

        I owned the MC 505 and had to return it after 2 weeks because of it malfuctioning it keep freezing,the instruments kept screwing up,the faders kept jumping,yada yada yada so I got ...Read complete review

        I owned the MC 505 and had to return it after 2 weeks because of it malfuctioning it keep freezing,the instruments kept screwing up,the faders kept jumping,yada yada yada so I got the 909 thinking this would be a better updated version and.........it was until after again 2 week it froze on me once which isn't a big deal but know sometimes the instruments will screw up it will hold a note out longer then what I originally played it for in real time recording is anyone else experencing this problems I dont want this thing to go cuckoo right when the warranty is out should I keep it or return it and get my money back? this is driving me mad.

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        4.0

        Solid groovebox

        By RS7KBeats

        from Atlanta, GA

        Pros

        • 909
        • Groovebox
        • Mc
        • Mc 909
        • Mc-909
        • Roland

        Cons

        • Groups
        • Mute

        Best Uses

        • Analog
        • Great
        • MIDI
        • Rompler
        • Sampler
        • Sounds

        Solid groovebox that is very affordable on the used market. Analog sounds are very crisp and easy to make adjustments too. Large LCD screen is easy to navigate and makes functions easy to find. The learning curve is very simple if you understand sequencing basics, I was able to make a few beats the first day without needing the manual. The sampler function is fantastic, very simple to input audio and chop manually or auto-chop. I would recommend getting the 256MB RAM immediately if you plan to use the sampling function of this box. Would like to see a few other features such as the addition of mute groups, but nothing that is a deal breaker. Used along with a Yamaha RS7000 and a Technics 1200, this completes my live PA setup for hip hop/EDM jams.

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        5.0

        This one's has got it all!

        By Melemack The Pit Boss

        from Flint, Michigan aka

        I've used a lot of instruments to compose music and the Roland MC 909 Groovebox is by far the coolest! I like it because you can create an entire instrumental track in just one digital machine. Record it, edit it, EQ it, mix it, compress it and then dump it to a laptop with the USB port. Use it with a midi keyboard controller and let your imagination run wild!

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        4.0

        MC909

        By Atrak2211

        from Boston,Ma.

        I have mixed feelings about the MC909. A great strength of this machine are its preset patterns combined with its RPS function. This gives you the ability to mix basslines, drum tracks, and synth riffs from all patterns in the machine, including patterns that you produced yourself, thus creating brand new patterns. This is a serious tool for a performing D.J. The MC909 has so many buttons and knobs for changing analog settings on the fly, but the sweet thing is that what you can do on the fly you can also record into the MC909 sequencer. The MC909 is a great sounding device. Now,let's talk about the bad side to this beast.First,the sequencer has no punchin or punchout points which can be set. This is a major hinderince. This makes track development on the MC909 next to impossible. I have called Roland and they refuse to address this issue. I own and use 3 other sequencers, Roland MC50 Mk2, Ensoniq ASR10, and now a Roland FantomX6 and they all have record punchins available. I know that the MC909 has been discontinued will Roland please address this deplorable problem with a software update. P.S. Everybody cannot afford to just go out and buy a FantomX6. Roland fix the problem.

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        5.0

        Jack-Of-All Trades

        By DaMonk

        from Independence, MO

        Not only do I push and try to sell the MC-909 (as well as the new MC-808) but I own both as well. It helps me run my shows as a very useful MIDI device. I likes the types of recording as well as the microscope editing to erase the flaws in your painting of music in real-time. Operates furiously through it's usage of the 128 control numbers while in a user-friendly environment and its visual display capability.

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        5.0

        MC909 Groovebox

        Roland did a great job in combining all of the grooveboxes into this massive beast of groove boxes. I recommend this product to anyone producing electronic music no matter the genre

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        5.0

        Pro studio

        This is the best workstation I have ever used. Working in a professional studio you have to be quick and efficient, very user friendly and fast processing compared to a lot of workstations in its class. Great buy, I have two.

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        5.0

        Excellent unit, slightly expensive

        By RenoTime

        from Fresno, CA

        Works well. Drum and bass lines are easy to throw down with TR-style recording. Sequencer is excellent. Sounds are terrific for trance work (the built-in demo patterns suck.) Don't let the demos convince you not to buy the unit; its worth it.

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        4.0

        Not the easiest to use.

        By sjmadman

        from Tokyo Japan from Fort Worth Tx.

        This thing can make some wicked noises. and with the pitch benders you can make anything your own plus you can take sound samples from the internet or off your favorite cd, and input it into your homemade beats. you can even use it in your rock band and make those trippy intro noises for your tool rock intro.. you can even program light shows with it. now try and figure out how to do all that cool stuff. then give me a call. this thing is not user friendly. i feel like i should've gone to a roland product class to learn how to use it.

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        4.0

        good machine, but not at all what it should be

        By darippa

        from Cranford

        this machine is not as easy to use as it is made out to be. also the price paid does not deliver the quality deserved

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        5.0

        Stubug

        By Stubug

        from Lusby, MD

        I have owned the MC-909 for almost a year and it took me a while to learn how to use it, but now I am a professional. I have been putting out track after track. Anybody who has problems with this machine either bought it used, has no patience, or just is not that bright. I is worth more than what I paid for it. The instruments are sick and the ability to create your own patches is insane.

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