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Roland MV8000 Production Studio

40GB Hard Drive. 128 MIDI tracks, 8 Audio tracks. Internal CDR Drive. USB connection. (344) Read 15 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Roland MV8000 Production Studio
From making beats to sampling and CD-burning, the MV-8000 Production Studio does it all, fast and elegantly. Sample your own sounds or import Roland, Akai, ACID and .WAV libraries, then arrange it all using 16 velocity/aftertouch-sensitive pads and Roland's most powerful audio/MIDI sequencer. Add a selection of professional COSM effects, onboard mastering tools, a built-in CD-RW drive and USB port, and you've got the ultimate studio for today's producers.

A Complete Studio for Modern Production
While there are other hardware studios on the market, none can compete with the MV-8000's ability to quickly turn raw samples into song. With up to 101 minutes of sampling and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats, the MV-8000 offers unlimited possibilities. And sequencing is easy, thanks to 16 velocity-sensitive pads and a graphic LCD interface. Users can record up to 128 MIDI and eight audio tracks, apply effects and burn a CDmaking the MV-8000 the first Roland product capable of handling every part of the production process.

From Sample to Finished CD
Thanks to the onboard CD-RW drive, producers can create entire songs armed with only an MV-8000 and their favorite CDs. The sampler can load sample libraries ranging from Roland and Akai to .WAV and ACID formats--all with just a few simple commands. Then it's just a matter of tapping in some beats, arranging the song and adding effects before burning it all to an audio CD.

136 Tracks of Sequencing Bliss
The MV-8000's sequencer section boasts total integration of audio and MIDI and up to 136 tracks of recording. These include 128 MIDI tracks (with 32-channel operation) and eight stereo audio tracks (16 mono) that can be used like a linear recorder. Program beats on the MIDI tracks and combine them with freestyle vocals or acoustic instruments on the audio tracks, including the ability to 'punch in' at any time. The innovative MV-8000 can even sync audio to the sequencer's BPM.

Luxurious Velocity Pads and LCD Interface
Users of other sampling studios can now upgrade to the MV-8000 without sacrificing the distinctive feel they're used to, thanks to 16 large drum pads for programming beats and triggering audio phrases. The pads are both velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive for maximum expression, and when combined with the MV-8000's large, graphic LCD and realtime control knobs, make sequencing more natural and spontaneous.

Compatible with Popular Audio Formats
When it comes to sound libraries, the MV-8000 offers compatibility with some of the biggest formats around--including the ability to import Akai MPC disks via the built-in floppy drive. Users can also load Roland S-700 Series libraries and .WAV/AIFF discs from CD-ROM or via USB transfer, and 'rip' audio directly from CD. The MV-8000 also loads ACID files and can automatically calculate the bars and BPM, making it easier to work with loops. User sampling is also provided-complete with Phono inputs for sampling records.

Studio-Quality Effects and CD-RW Drive
The dream of a complete studio in a box becomes a reality with four dedicated effects processors and an onboard CD-RW drive. The MV-8000 delivers 24-bit Reverb, separate Chorus/Delay and a versatile MFX (multi-effects) processor with COSM effects made famous in Roland's V-Studios. These include algorithms like guitar amp modeling, microphone and speaker modeling, plus unique tools like Lo-Fi and Slicer. A Mastering Tool Kit offers everything needed to sweeten up mixes before going to CD.

Massive 40GB Hard Drive
While audio and samples are played back using the onboard sample RAM, the MV-8000 can store its sounds and projects to an internal 40GB hard disk. This makes it easy to manage large sound libraries, once they have been converted to MV-8000 format, and it's also a great way to load sequences quickly during performance. When connected via USB, the hard drive can be accessed directly from a computer's desktop.

Options Galore
By purchasing the optional MV8-OP1 expansion card, users gain six additional analog outputs, a digital input, plus an R-BUS port that can be used to transfer up to eight channels of digital audio to R-BUS equipped V-Studios, or to ADAT-compatible devices using the optional DIF-AT Interface Box. And with Roland's V-LINK technology inside, the MV-8000 can be used to trigger and manipulate video clips when used with optional video equipment from Edirol. So when it comes to sampling studios, don't settle for second best. Get the Roland MV-8000.

Features

Self-contained production studio with sampling, sequencing, effects and CD-burning

Powerful 136-track sequencer (128 MIDI + 8 stereo audio) with realtime time stretch

16 velocity/aftertouch-sensitive pads, large LCD display and realtime control knobs

128MB RAM; expandable to 512MB or 101 minutes of recording (when in mono)

Sampler compatible with a variety of audio formats: Audio CD, .WAV/AIFF, ACID, Akai MPC2000/4000 Series and Roland S-700 Series

Independent reverb, chorus/delay and MFX processors, plus mastering tools

Onboard CD-RW drive, 3.5 in. floppy drive and 40GB internal hard drive

Stereo Mic/Line and Phono inputs, plus stereo analog and digital Master outputs

Six additional individual audio outputs with optional MV-OP-1 expansion

Direct VGA monitor support and mouse operation planned for 2004

V-LINK function for controlling Edirol video equipment (sold separately)

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"AN ALL IN ONE STUDIO, NOT SAMPLER!"
Sound: I rated this 10, but your sound totally depends on what you put into the system and how you use them.... If sampling rates are a requirement for you, take note that the The sampling rate is set at 44.1khz, whereas the MPC 4000 is 24/96.... Feature: Comes with everything you need to get started. The most basic you would need to add is a Mic (if you do vocals) and turntable/vinyl or CD's to sample from. Have a computer sequencer with this machine would be a bit of a waste, since you have the VGA option. In my opinion, ive grown to love this machine without the VGA. But thats just my preference. Quality: Just for the simple fact that this machine is an all in one and has the VGA expansion makes it great. THe machine is built like a tank, but of course I wouldnt recommend any one dropping their machine to test the waters.... The pads are sturdy and so are the knobs... I advise that you keep this machine covered as it tends to get dusty quick... Value: I cant list what I paid so I wont say.... but all i will say is do your homework before purchasing this machine at the given price... I got mines brand spanking new....email me if you want to know what I paid.. steganos007 at tmail dot com Manufacturer Support: Never needed them. Upgrading the OS was a breeze. No problems to date. The Wow Factor: its an all in one. I have one so im good... Overall: This product should be with me for years to come. The product meets my musical goals because I dont need to use a software sequencer. Please do not purchase this machine if your use to using software sequencers... it will be a total waste!! If you want to use a sampler and a software sequencer, I advise going with the MPC 1000 or something as small. This thing is a beast...
Style of Music: Rap & RnB
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Sound: Pristine sound. Very expressive pads. I use it with an MC909 and a VS-2480. Unbeatable combination. I pump it through the 2480's emulated preamps for some different colors. Feature: Very well thought out layout. Everything is intuitively placed which allows for a more fluid creative experience. Get both the expansion cards (VGA & Output)and the memory. It will totally unleash this brute. Ease of Use: If you get the DVD manual this has a relatively short curve. It takes a while to memorize the icons but once you know what they are you can pretty much clip right along. Quality: Bullit Proof. It's Roland. Value: Kicks the crap out of the MPC-4000! for a third less to boot. Manufacturer Support: Great telephone support. Lots of online info too. Overall: I'd buy it again and again. The free updates keep it current and continue to add to it's robust functionality.
Style of Music: All - but primarily smooth jazz & funk
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