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Roland MC-808

Groove box

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Roland MC-808
Roland MC-808
500.00 street price

MC-808 was released in the 2008. It has 8 faders and 16 sequencer buttons. The groovebox also has a "D-Beam" and a large "Tap" button. D-Beam allows the user to control filters and pitch with smooth vertical hand movements right above the "sensor" itself. The device comes with a large number of presets (256 patterns), a library of 622 waveforms and a set of 128 percussion sounds, thanks to which MC-808 seems to be a powerful device. Having accumulated experience for a couple of decades in sequencers, Roland definitely knows how to create a good working interface.

As for sampling capabilities, MC-808 has 512 MB of memory, as well as various "tricks" in the manipulation of samples, starting from the usual creation of multi-samples, and ending with automatic looping (elements are assigned to 16 buttons ready for reprogramming). In addition, they can be reversed, modified by BPM, and twisted any way you like (for example, you can apply compression, reverb, and filters). All this is done much easier when used together with editing software (PC/Mac).

The outputs of MC-808 are not perfect – they give out a lot of noise. The second is the LCD screen, which is almost invisible at any angle, and to see something, you need to look straight upright. And RAM – it offers a tiny space of 4 MB. But you can close your eyes and forget about all these shortcomings, given the number and variety of presets, an intuitive interface, and the peculiar technology of D-Beam.


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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Digital (D) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count622
Envelope Generator (EG)
Sample Memory4 Mb
Resolution 16 bit/ 44.1 kHz
Samples Bank Size2000
Parts count16
Pattern Sequencer 
Note Capacity1300000
Tempo (min value)5
Tempo (max value)300
Max number of songs50
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpeggio presets128
Type Digital
Channels Count8
MIDI in/ out
Display type TFT
External controllers
Swell foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)5
Audio in
Analog 1/4"2
Computer Interfaces
Voltage 12V
Power Supply External
Height104 mm
Width327 mm
Depth431 mm
Weight3.400 kg
Production start2006
Production end2008

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