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Roland MC808 Sampling Groovebox

8 motorized faders. 128-voice polyphony. Editor software included. (55) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

New-Generation Groovebox with Motorized Faders
From the company that made 'groovebox' a household name comes a remarkable addition to the famous Roland groovebox family: the MC-808. Optimized for realtime performance, the sleek, silver powerstation features 8 motorized faders on its surface -- a groovebox first! With Roland's most sophisticated processor at its core, the MC-808 possesses top-of-the-line sampling, sequencing, and synthesizer features yet it comes in at a new, low price point.

Features:
8 motorized faders -- a groovebox first!

Same powerful sampling & sequencing features as MC-909

Brand new sounds and patterns

128-voice polyphony

CompactFlash slot for memory backup

USB for storage and AIF/WAV file import and export

16-step pad bank, D Beam controller

Editor software included (PC/Mac)

Flagship Features
The MC-808 shares 2 key attributes with its elder sibling, the flagship MC-909: The same top-of-the-line sampling and sequencing features that made the MC-909 so famous are built into the MC-808, making it a serious tool for sampling, editing, track building, and mixing. Performers are in for an extra treat with the MC-808, however, as it has a remarkable feature that no other groovebox has...

Motorized Faders
Motorized faders on an affordable groovebox? You're not dreaming. The MC-808 is the world's first groovebox with this feature! Sure, the motorized faders look cool, but they also provide serious power for live performers. No matter what pattern you call up, the faders will snap to the proper position. As a result, the parameter values and position of the faders always correspond, allowing you to see the values instantly and make changes directly. No more unexpected jumps in values when you grab a fader in mid-performance. It's always in the right position. Plus, from the fader movements you can see automations such as filter, pan, and part levels changes. If you want to cancel and control the faders manually, simply move the touch-sensitive faders.

New Sounds & Patterns
The MC-808's internal sounds and patterns have been created fresh by top international artists. These slammin' new dance and hip-hop grooves are instantly ready for primetime, but playing and manipulating the internal patterns is only half the fun. The MC-808 allows any sounds to be sampled, edited, and added to the song WAV and AIF files can also be imported from computer via USB. A few 'must have' sounds from the MC-909 are also included.

Editing Software
The MC-808 ships with a free Mac/PC (Mac OS X, Win XP/2000) editor for serious sample and patch editing and part mixing tasks on the luxury of a large computer monitor, and for shuttling the files effortlessly back and forth via USB.

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If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (55 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Superb Quality, 1.2 mil note hardware sequencer, 16/44 sampler ASM makes the MC-808 an essential tool for groove creativity"
Sound: This is a good working board to lay your sequence down on, and compared to the earlier MCs, the generic sounds are much improved. I suggest that you might use the MC-808's million plus note sequencer as a central hardware sequencer and master for convenience and use tones from better synth engines such Jomox and Access or even the great JP-8000. Feature: The board comes with a AC converter and you get a xlr to 1/4" if you get the case. The USB connection delivers good midi response to your software but there is no realtime audio except by line so a/d conversion must be done post 808, which I found disappointing. You can transfer wave and aif files via usb for sample in and storage out. This is because the usb only has two modes. The faders are cool and they access tva and tvf functions as well as volume and pan and more. To tie everything together the usb tocomputer connectivity is essential because more microscopic or granular level wave form and patch editing are facilitated on your computer via the interface software. This software is not a recording or sequencing environment, its strictly for sample tuning, patch editing and pure on-screen convenience, but there are functions which are only reachable through the computer interface. Again I found this exciting and abit frustrating at the same time because Roland stops short as I mention above. Naturally the compromise is you are paying juist over a grand for a 16/44 sampler, 1.2 million note sequencer, and 128 voice synth with USB interconnectivity, so that's pretty big already. Think about the Access T/1 which is the super synth and audio computer interface but no sampler or sequencer, the difference in $650 is not relatable because the quality of the Access synth engine is light years better. These are things that anyone with a budget needs to contemplate. The arpeg does not have a Note Follow mode, which is the only major problem I found. The D-beam is tricky because the solo synth is a real joke, and access to the patches is through the filter mode. Ease of Use: This is a very easy to learn unit if you have experience with the groove machine logic or if you are good at Rolandese. The manual is are well laid out but when you get through sorting out all the functions available through the shift and other button combinations your manual will be well used. It is a great hardware sequencer and the best groove box around unless you are looking for a stronger sampler, then consider also the Akai line of grooveboxes. MC-808 works great with Reason. Quality: Roland's boxes are legendaery for live use and reliability and are almost mil spec durable but the knobs and sliders need to be adequately protected. The electronic quality is at a refined state in the 808 and the brushed aluminum is nice. Low light Viewability is always an issue and you will find the fader/parts section with blue back lighting pretty nice. The patch and pattern parameter notes are not readable in the dark and this would be a really big improvement on the livability. The quality is good all around. I would say from Roland's thoroughly experienced engineeers . Value: This is a best value no doubt at all. I was extremely happy when I heard ofthe MC-808 and got the first unit to be available on Taiwan. Overall: The MC-808 willgrow on you. It is nice looking, contains a few great kick patches and a few great synth tones. It is a best value but there are small compromises such as the USB interface. The MC-808 can do almost everything well all the way down to granular editing on your computer. I am surprised at the user patterns, they all sound the same from style to style and because the MC-808 is so versatile I will undoubtedly initialize all the factory patterns. The arpeg is slightly alien because it does not have a generic note follow mode. But you can program your own arp pattern. I still look forward to working with the 808 on a daily basis and this means it is an essential tool for creating.
Style of Music: Progressive, Electronic, Classical, Rock, Psychedlic Trance
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Sound: The sound on this machine is a piece of art! I promise it sounds beautiful! Feature: it cam with a power cord for an outlet...but you need to buy a USB cable...atleast i did. Ease of Use: Well i do admit...it takes some time to get used to the controls. but once you do, you will be making some nice music. depending on how creative you are. no musical talent needed here...just a good ear. Quality: doesnt feel like a 700 dollar machine, thats were i was disapointed. but it is durable, trust me. Value: if i for some reason broke my mc-808 or something happend to it...i would 100% get another one. Manufacturer Support: i give support a 10 out of 10 becayse i havent had no problems with it yet. The Wow Factor: YOU MUST GET ONE! Overall: i plan to use this groovebox forever.
Style of Music: electronica/experimental/indie
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