Roland MC-505
+
Roland MC-505

MC-505, Groove Machine from Roland in the MC series.

Price engine
Classified Ads
Forums

All user reviews for the Roland MC-505

  • Like
  • Tweet
  • Submit
Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 20 reviews )
 11 reviews55 %
 5 reviews25 %
 3 reviews15 %
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland MC-505
All the features you'll need. Only thing it could use is a graphic interference, an updated Smartmedia drive, and USB. But those are for todays standards, when it was introduced this thing was hott!!

Price paid

300

UTILIZATION

Step Sequence is a little complicated, easy if your used to text sequencers, hard if your used to graphics. Other than that Cake.

Built very well, my original broke. mother board straight in half. But overall pretty Duriable

SOUNDS

All of Rolands classic sound in one place.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought 2 of these, this was the first machine I ever bought, still use it to this day. Great for melodies, espeiclly for basslines.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dwells ( 7-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland MC-505
Some features are I still use today and the drum mutes is something that I wish more synths had. Great tweakability with each track. Can really morph a synth quick.

1165 USD

UTILIZATION

After a month of getting to know it, all basic features were a breeze. Took a lil while longer to get the real complex techniques down.

There is one knob that needs replacing only due to my own fault. Other than that, pretty sturdy machine.

SOUNDS

Great Sounds at the time. Though the drums did get old after a few uses of the same kits. Fun to tweak though.

OVERALL OPINION

I give it an eleven.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: ChamberSSL ( 8-, 2005)
cyrb08/22/2013

cyrb's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" IS RUSTIC BUT NOT TURN BAD"

Roland MC-505
SEE DATASHEET ... REGRETS ON THE STORAGE CAPACITY EXCEPT THIS CARD ALMOST FOUND SO FAR .. A USB OR SD OR DO I KNOW THAT WILL IS GOOD .. LEVEL OF LIGHTING CONTROLLER CA FEARS .. A TRUE FOR THIS DISEASE GROOVEBOX .. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS LEGIBILITY IS LOST AND WE WORK BY HABIT.

UTILIZATION

SETUP STILL PRETTY COMPLEX .. YA SEE WHAT THE BIBLE WHEN PRINTED MANUAL, THIS MACHINE CAN BRING GOOD THINGS AFTER LONG HOURS OF WORK EVEN IF IT IS TRUE ENOUGH ON LIMIT .. BUT GOOD

SOUNDS

SOUNDS ARE QUITE GOOD BUT RUDIMENTARY AGE OF DOING BEAST .. IT WILL NOT EVIL OF IMAGINATION TO TAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL. SOUNDS ELECTRO CA GOING WELL AFTER SOME ADJUSTMENTS .. FORGET WHAT IS THE CLASSIC .. COPPER PIANO, ETC .. THIS IS NAZE

OVERALL OPINION

I USED THE LAST FEW YEARS AND YET DESPITE THE ABSENCE OF TOUGH IN UNDO Me .. WELL I HAVE TO TRY TO SEE OR KORG ARTURIA EXAMPLE OF WHAT WAS GOOD BUT I AM NOT CONVINCED MORE THAN CA .. TIME WITH ME I SAY I DID NOT MAKE A CHOICE BUT GOOD MAUVAIX CA BE LYING IN RELATION TO THE TIME
ipm12/02/2011

ipm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Bomb"

Roland MC-505
quickly, 6 individual outputs, MIDI IN / OUT and no thru port for external storage media smart

it lacks a digital output (such as standards synth manufactured today) and enter.

Overall, it's okay. (Especially for outputs)

UTILIZATION

gnrale relatively simple configuration, the main functions are quickly accessible.

Trs readable thanks to two LED screens and LCD screen.

However, the functions are advanced call via key combinations, debatable, but fast.

SOUNDS

then ...
I had some good echoes of the beast (never tested before purchase) and I hang completely. I bought this machine to dial the drums TR 909, and it is TOP ...

I find the kits trsrussis. in 5 minutes, I had good rhythm and corresponding invoices that I had in my head.

trs of good bass and good sound super cheap.

It rolls and can quickly dial in short what I wanted!

etrnagement the MC is a good expander (mconnu and not char) and comes complete my set up rack already provided.

OVERALL OPINION

I tried a lot of MODELS, the MPC, the Elektron, but I tried something the TR.

Roland really, despite a number of constraints, makes good trs machines like that.

The +: the step sequencing, sounds, - shall mean the wait for a pattern to go another.

for 130 euros, you can not do better I think. I think this machine will skyrocket in the near future occasion.
pierremodus07/19/2011

pierremodus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it"

Roland MC-505
configurable midi in out
1 headphone
1pair stereo + 6 separate outputs
many sounds really editable
sequencer using

UTILIZATION

configuration stage you can go deep into the issue even if it's PCM
Manual clear enough
common functions accessible enough to understand that the ergonomics of the machine

SOUNDS

sounds very typical, but the editing machine is a synthesis rather comlete, although it is far from a grain analogue
Expression is good if the parameter
realism is not researc
effects of uneven quality

OVERALL OPINION

used 2 years
tried the mc 303 and other mini arrangers
editing is high and open ground
sounds simple unrealistic
its strong point, the sound design scalable
its weakness cheap construction of the moving
Suburb Animal12/30/2010

Suburb Animal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MC-505
Midi In
Midi Out
6 Output (stereo pair 1-2)

3 Sections of effects:

The first devoted to Delay (we can go down to the ms.
The second is a series of reverb from the room at the flat.

Finally, the third for the rest:

Modulations: Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, QuadChorus,
Volumes: Gate, Compressor, Limiter, Tremolo, Slicer
And dirty: a noise simulator, overdrive, distortion, Lofi

Given this abundance concern is to choose one.

At the time effects and lofi slicer was not common things at once is what I used most.
It controlled an Akai sampler and S3200XL TX7, I was out all on my Yamaha and I used two ProMix01 line of guitar effects pedals to assist.



UTILIZATION

A great machine to learn the synthetic sequence, a very good composition tools.

The French manual is very comprehensive and useful to know some subtleties of the machine as machine control or manage another release ...

The D-Beam is not wonderful but it can be used for making sound effects
If not musically, theatrically and is not top it all wrong to stir the air.

All the most important functions are accessible directly via the front panel.
You learn just by trying out the functions displayed on the front.

The sequences of editing is really well done, simple but not all there.
The step sequencer is very valuable.
Quantization works pretty well.
The arpeggiator produces stuff.
Service groove / shuffle is truly complete and fully customizable.
Level

SOUNDS

his palette is broad
Each of the 7 synths can have 4 channels that can create really interesting.

Polyphony is 64 lines wide but can be quickly consumed by playing 16 notes simultaneously keyboards that have 4 channels per note played.
For my part I used most often tracks R, 1,2,3,4,5 with the sounds of MC 505 and 6 and 7 for sequence an Akai sampler and a TX7.

The sounds are not realistic but the analog sounds are there with a digital generation (we feel good) but that is not aesthetically bad.
Sure, it's less fun when you try to change slowly or finely sound means those not (this is evident on the filter).



OVERALL OPINION

Was my first machine. I bought it in 2002.
I learned all the basics of synthesis on this machine.

It lacked a sampler, I bought a sampler Akai S3200XL + ZIP drive (100MB) in SCSI, adding TX7 had three main types of synthesis.

Today I got this machine and am about to reinstate my set, which has since evolved.
I must change it before the LCD screen that displays much more.
A flaw récurrent.Ça and knobs that are weak but some simple changes can address them.

To avoid this we must not put the contrast at the bottom.
I just ordered a replacement for $ 50 (40 €).

To me this is a super versatile machine, which provides a great workflow.
Limitations can not be too disperse.

A machine still underestimated for 250 € it is really worth!
A great first machine
Nhcool01/03/2010

Nhcool's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MC-505
- Midi out and in, I know if there 's the port thru

- There is an effect section: several reverbs on one side, several of the other delays, and a button for efx, which is composed of many effects as the limiter, compressor, enhancer, lo fi chorus and many others. it works in chain.

- Sounds, good bin, there's about 12 or 15 drum kits, and we can do the same in users. There's Junos and sounds great synths of the mark. It is also based on the JV1080 according to Wikipedia. y 'pianos, organs, violins, samples ptits 90s, bass.

- The sequencer allows you to sequence very long sentences, I know I think it's 24 tips for the 4/4.y has a track drums + 7 instrument tracks to choose from (it's been a lot)

- The quantize is VERY advanced, ie basically forget your softwares, you want to groove? truth? you turn to Roland or Akai or the boss out of it ... It can not be wrong, but I give up my personal software for the r & b, dance and rap west coast. plus there are different variations of grooves adapted to quantize the rumba, the dance, hip hop etc. ... but above all, the most important point is that quantize ALL instruments at the same time (well if you want, you can quantize a single instrument if they want) What causes sound fantastic if properly adjusted. And this in 2 minutes. Try to do the same with your computer sequencer hey hey, and go in 2 hours in the best case, and in one week in the worst ...

- Can you edit the sounds? Well actually, I did just a little cuttoff, my interest is mainly to find INNNOVA soul jazz harmonies. So in my opinion, with the knobs, we can already crushing sound without going into the LFOs.


UTILIZATION

The configuration is not super simple. Being as computer, it's not too hard for me, but it often takes to press shift.
Cons by careful, once you understand, you work without looking at the screen and is much better than watching the screen. So you concentrate on the music!

The manual is on top, very detailed and well structured.

The functions are not very ergonomic. Must be seen against the background: 1998, future of some boy band, (rip philip nikolic) ... Assassination of 2 pac (rip) with sounds that were mostly made by johnny d (rip) with his SP1200. Biggy Smalls murder (rip) but in the boxes that passed was everystep you take the producer Puff Daddy (not rip).

So the musqiue was not as modern as now. and equipment, either.


SOUNDS

Sounds:

Well, that is, at first I was surprised by the sound quality. "What in 98, the sounds were good like that!"
Yeah, for cons, I listen to the drums at the beginning, and then I said, it looks p'tain old rap hits of the 90s.
So I got scared .. and then after only a week ago, I realized that the effects and carefully choosing the samples, we could have a sound totally current quantize with a crazy dance that is.
Then the bass are excellent, listen to the presets funk: it's Earth Wind and Fire, totally. The sound of piano juno suit me perfectly. We can do wha wha guitars, with the arpeggiator that sound FANTASTIC hell.
The arpeggiator offers a variety of emerging arpeggiators different, all great.
then you'll probably ask my big questio, n 'it's worth anything compared to VSTS?

And you doubt that I will answer for a composer: it is better to have sound slightly less good and a very practical tool rather than an instrument not practical (the computer)
But the worst ... Is that the compounds have a leg above the noise, because the dynamics between the sl excellent 505, quantize, and the tab sound synthesizers, and although my songs have reached a new stage with the best fruity loops, unquestionably, and all that, much easier than fruity.

The sounds are realistic except for the violins, but good if you compose music for film, we take the vst.
For hip hop, dance, trance and house music is very good. The sound is round and we dance.
On fruity, it's hard, the sound is flat, and tries to dance but falls asleep on a jerky beat.



OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 weeks.

I also mc 303, not bad, but still nothing to see in terms of sounds. well for the hardcore basses.la 303 or the MC 303 does not have enough ram.

Currently the 505 mc is not worth much, and it's still a very beautiful instrument! more memory is very large and we can put another memory card.

The size is a bit boring, but otherwise, the metallic look, senssass! That's another thing that IT
I made a video of mc 505, but since I did some stuff with a thousand times better already.
yes I would do this choice!

In conclusion, this instrument does not look, but it's a tiger inside. To make rnb, or groove, that's fine. the same kind of rap you hear today on radio, but must choose the sounds.

What is great is to have an instrument totu one that does not sample, but allows hands instructed to make things even sumptuous funk.
Fruity cons will be by far better for someone who is dealing with loops, it is also great for it
goodbye.
bayaxel07/23/2009

bayaxel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MC-505
Groovbox superb with a good amount of sound that can grind with filters and effects, a very good harpege

UTILIZATION

Use on the machine is a bit complicated in the edition and noon, the manual is not simple lack of clarity, I use a software sequencer that allows me to record in real time and sysex what makes my life easier although the machine is a bit capricious and little bugger when sending MIDI

SOUNDS

Trs electro sounds, kits Rhythmic very good for the electro is EXCELLENT, the rhodes piano and not the top

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year and am delighted about the game and sound despite its use is complicated by the difference of the Korg I'm happy
purchase of 250 euro is EXCELLENT occas
dj huacos05/28/2009

dj huacos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MC-505
See data sheet

UTILIZATION

Not easy at first, indispensable manual for proper use of its potential seems endless to me!!
manual do well with a good summary and some very specific as desired using al
c machine for live with a multitude of effects on each patch contrallable in real time with specific pots
rps function makes the possibilities even greater
if the sequencer is al image of all Rolands, extra!

SOUNDS

Kit of drums such as the famous tr 909/808/707, others much style, not bad sound but I find that the patches of origins are not terrible by a low, but given the potential changes and application of effect sounds are customizable al infinity.

OVERALL OPINION

10 years already that it got anywhere, home studio, live, repeating with my old groups, beef and mix on my hip hop / funk / drum n bass would sell ...... I do not, I I create so many beat of live, delirium with ......
Even ten years after I n that operates 60% of its possibilities, despite the hundreds of hours without a work disappointed.
considering the price of the occasion I counsel all lovers of electro and beats but beware the handling is difficult and the edition of paterns also for novices (manual required!) otherwise modifying the patch is infinity.
I repeat myself but the sequencer is terrible c is the roland, the edition is not no pretty complicated and not always real time quantize.
with serious work you can do everything in its type electro.
thank you roland!
zpock02/04/2009

zpock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland MC-505
Features already mentioned.
Many factory sounds, and an indefinable number as they are fully editable!
A good effects section

UTILIZATION

Configuration not easy for a beginner .. but with the manual at hand we learn soon enough! this is my first machine and I have a good mid me today has managed to make a piece for my taste! The manual is well done but as I find another said "it has nothing to envy in the bible!" There are many functions so they are not always obvious to find, but the fact that there are many buttons on the face much easier!

SOUNDS

So I do the DUB! well sounds ideal to me! I insist because nobody had really talking about the dub! When I listen to the many pieces of jvois demos you can do very terrible things in hiphop, jungle (...) even salsa! Personally I was very pleasantly surprised by the realism of certain sounds!
The effects are effective for my taste (including effects such as "phase" terrible to put on the skank!
The expression is good
Knowing that the sounds are completely editable they can all be good!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for some time but I am already very happy. I hope to see more good things in it!
I love all the knobs on his face! Ptite the mixer in the middle of her head with some mute! The envelope! The knob to boost the bass!
I tried several models, including the korg that I find absolutely zero sound levels, comparable to the groovebox, I restates that it is for the dub!
Knowing that I paid 200 euros OCCAZ 'I find the price / quality ratio TERRIBLE!
I think I do it again this time even more choices!