Roland MC-808

Roland MC-808

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MC-808, Sampling Sequencer from Roland in the MC series.

32 user reviews

Roland MC-808 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Roland
  • Model:MC-808
  • Series:MC
  • Category:Sampling Sequencers
  • Added in our database on:01/19/2006

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User Reviews Roland MC-808


AlanForPresident's review"roland sounds"

Roland MC-808
The roland MC 808 is a device that I had a chance to use a few times before when I was searching for the right sampling sequencer for me. After using it for about an hour or so, I must say that it was pretty good. It seems to have the capabilities of almost any other sampler that is out. Its pretty big and it has a lot of knobs and sliders at first glance, but after you open the manual and start to understand the boards interface it will all kind of make since. So after you figure a few things out you will be up and running right away, plus it was made by Roland and they always bring quality products to the tables though this is one of the first samplers I have used by them mostly just the keyboards I have seen from Roland.


Like I said with the quick start guide, it will get you going in the right direction pretty quick. Its easy to understand and is right to the point. But just navigating through menus and to get the specific stuff you are looking for can be a hassle with so many knobs, buttons and submenus. it’s a pretty complex machine. Its hard to compare it to the MPC though because the MPC is known for its pads and layering of drums. The nice big square pads just don’t exist on the Roland MC 808. Which is pretty much a deal breaker if you ask me because sampling and chopping on pads is a huge part of my creative and musical process.


One of the good functions that it does have is the auto fader functions which took me a while to figure out how to get them to fade automatically for a while so I had to pick up the manual for that. The sounds a pretty good though just like most sounds that Roland produces.


Overall, it’s a very good sampler and im not surprised that so many people like it. Its more of an all in one sampler though and can be pretty dependent and doesn’t need to be synced with a computer for you to really finish a project which I like.

theaudioandvideoguy's review"its not for me"

Roland MC-808
The Roland MC 808 is a groove box that was created about 6 or so years ago. This groove box never really had a chance to reach its full potential in my opinion. it’s a great piece of equipment be was over looked because of all the other drum machines on that market that are so powerful. The Roland MC 808 can take up to 512 MB similar to an MPC. I supports a flash card memory as well. Has all of the functions like the chopping, auto chopping sampling as well as full patch editing.


Pretty easy to understand but I did have to pick up the manual just to get some of the basics down because I have never used one of these before when I was at a friends house. Me being and MPC user, this didn’t work for me. Sorry to say, but it will give you NO satisfaction if you use an MPC. I just couldn’t get in my groove with this groove box (no pun intended) . It cost about 1200 dollars brand new when it came, that was around the same time the MPC 1000 came out for 200 dollars cheaper. I just cant see why anyone would choose this over the MPC.


Sounds good, doesn’t provide that gritty sound that I love but it does exactly what someone would want it to do, load up your kits or samples and start creating songs. Not really sure about the song mode on this, I didn’t get that far because I got frustrated with its basic features not being able to compete with the MPC.


Overall, I say it’s a great piece of gear. But if you are coming from an MPC don’t get this. If you have this or want to get this now that’s fine you will love it. But once you get your hands on a MPC this thing will no longer matter!
Audiofanzine FR03/15/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Roland MC-808
(Originally written by Libreesprit/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
See Roland's website


Comprehensive and clear user's manual. It includes a quick start guide explaining all main functions. With lots of references to other chapters. So you'll need to make a lot of copies if you want to have everything you need without having to look it up in the user's manual.

Easy configuration if you understand Roland's concept. Many button combinations (Shift + ...) but all basic functions are easily accessible from the front panel.


The factory presets sound "modern" but I'm still looking for more authentic sounds (for Latin instruments for example).

Until now I haven't found a sound bank for the 808, except for the sounds of the included and VERY intuitive software.

The effects are good enough to color the sound, but if you want more accurate effects you'll have to use an external multi-effects processor.


I've been using it for six months (about 2-3 hours a day).

Great product if you take the time to understand it, but it will still remain complex if you don't know music theory because it's a music instrument!

I don't know much about music theory so I had to work really hard to learn how to use all functions.

It's a great product that allows you to produce good music.

Value for money is ok.

The SD card offers enough storing capacity and the sample memory can be extended (see Roland's website).

Would I buy it again? Yes because its versatility allows me to spare the use of any additional synths. The motorized faders and additional functions are a delight.

If you want an easy and ready-to-use device, don't buy it! But if you like sound tweaking and creation, buy it!

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

Roland MC-808
The MC 808 has the ncessaires connections to conventional connection, audio outputs and noon, usb to the computer (mac or pc).
200's and something like fifty rhythmic quality kit.
any fawn with a compact flash card, one can load SEVERAL hundred other sounds so if you bump the machine is not ungrateful.
the software allows to modify each aillor patch or new sample
the famous motorized faders allow to keep the memory movements like mao and ac 'is a class, you can concentrate on one part of the pattern to play manually (must, for fun ...) and program a complex life cot ....
squenceur is the standard: loop many of the different measuring tens nothing do with Korg.
the effects are a little below them, a pity, but coupled with good programming is compensated.


I 've taste the Korg EMX1 at a mate, that is on the request of roland works, a lot of work (and gallons of hot coffee ....) but pay.
less direct than his colleague, it helps with a can of experience to do very nice things even live but less radical (change of effects for example)
for the edition, the more it's not easy, but life is hard I think, huge
it's like comparing Zelda fihgter street, the 808 is exciting from that point of view, and it's like a that you have to see, if it's not worth it ...


The sounds are varied, I made of electro, tech trend hard, but I mvade in extraordinary personal trips and I have to .... koi software and sampler allows anyway one of accder happiness no matter what.
but it's true that the guys at roland might think has some preset core a little more, it would be cool for them, but should not navel gazing, the purchase has gnraliste and more day passes, you Gave the new patch and the fact !!!
sounds realistic says: average more
I 'like SYNTH and PLS (pulsating synth) damage that it does not have any more .. (PLS)
finally sends it anyway!
less fat than korg but the potential variety is, it largely dessu, so more possibilities out stuff not heard ten thousand times Adi


I have the last 9 months, I 'am happy .... it m' has obliged progress ....
j 'AIMME most: -possibilit of edition fine
Programmable -faders
-the while a
least: -livr without RAM
-al fragile air
-the effects .......

It is a machine for hard workers, not srieux refrain ...

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