Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

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rob_lee
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7697 posts since 16 Oct, 2006 from North East UK

Post Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:28 am

Not sure if these have been posted here yet but...

Roland MC-707 Groovebox Drum Machine, Sampler and Sequencer

£879.00

Videos...

https://youtu.be/dadV-S42gHQ

https://youtu.be/rZET3FyS7Us

Sonic State

https://youtu.be/lZ9aY0SEORU

Loopop

https://youtu.be/-tKJVFOSqY4


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Roland are responsible for some of the most iconic drum machines and production gear of all time. With the MC-707, they’ve demonstrated their groovebox prowess, combining classic Roland sound with cutting-edge functionality. Equal parts drum machine, synthesizer, sampler, sequencer and controller, this is a production powerhouse that’s armed to the teeth!

From Quick Beats to Full Tracks
Just like the classic 707, 808 and 909 drum machines, the MC-707 is designed with quick, punchy groove-making in mind. You’ve got 8 assignable tracks at your disposal, with 16 ultra-sensitive pads for playing or sequencing drums, basslines or chord progressions.

Add a wealth of onboard sounds, comprehensive TR-REC sequencing, in-depth sampling tools, and you’ve got the ability to create a professional-sounding track end-to-end.

Studio Quality Synths and Effects
The MC-707 comes equipped with Roland’s latest sound engine, combining virtual analog with modern PCM. This means a mixture of classic and state-of-the-art sounds with DAW-like flexibility, all in one place. And yes, it includes the Roland classics: TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, JUNO-106, and SH-101.

You can take these incredible sounds a step further with the MC-707’s built-in effects. All 8 tracks have independent effects processors with a huge number of variations. From lush modulation to mind-bending ambience, amp simulation to wild distortion. Add the final touch with master effects like filters, bit-crushers and bus compression for polished punchiness.

Intuitive Controls and Connectivity
Those familiar with Roland’s line-up may recognise the control panel as being similar to their Aira series. Vibrant backlit pads, intuitive faders, an easily-navigable button layout. The addition of a LCD screen makes tracking and composing easier than ever.

MIDI in/out and numerous stereo outputs allow you to easily integrate the MC-707 into your existing rig. Whether you want it as a DAW controller or a fully-fledged centerpiece, it can hack it. You can connect it via USB and use as an interface; all 8 tracks can be individually recorded into your DAW.

Specifications
Sound Engine: ZEN-Core (Tone, Drum Kit)
Maximum Polyphony: ZEN-Core: 128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load), Looper: 8 (varies according to the available number of Looper track)
Tracks: 8 tracks
Clips: 128 clips (16 clips per track)
Preset Tones: 3,000+
Preset Drum Kits: 80+
User Sample (as a Tone or Drum Kit): available by importing form SD CARD
Looper Sample (as a clip of Looper track): available by importing from SD CARD, recording via EXT IN/Tracks
Available total time for User Sample: 12 minutes in mono, 6 minutes in stereo (44.1 kHz)
Available format of User Sample: WAV 32--96 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit (mono, stereo)
Available total time for Looper Sample: Approx. 60 sec (44.1 kHz)
Available format of Looper Sample: WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit, 32-bit float (mono, stereo)
Track Multi-Effects: 90 types
Chorus/Delay: 9 types
Reverb: 7 types
Master Effects: 90 types
Master Compressor
Master EQ
Step Sequencer Maximum Steps: 128 steps
Looper: Time Stretch, Pitch Shift
Display: 256 x 80 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)
External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for saving Project Data and Audio Data
Connectivity
Phones jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
Mix out (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
Assignable out (L,R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
Send/return (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
Ext in (L/MONO/MIC, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type (it works as 1/4-inch TRS phone type when using MIC)
MIDI (IN, OUT1, OUT2) connectors
USB port: USB B type (Audio, MIDI)
DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC adaptor, 2,000 mA
Dimensions & weight
426 (W) x 263 (D) x 60 (H) mm
16-13/16 (W) x 10-3/8 (D) x 2-3/8 (H) inches
Weight: 2.1 kg / 4 lbs 11 oz
Accessories
AC adaptor
Owner's manual
Leaflet "Using the Unit Safely"
SD Card (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
SD Card Protector (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)

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Roland MC-101 Groovebox Drum Machine, Sampler and Sequencer

£439.00


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Roland are responsible for some of the most iconic drum machines and production gear of all time. With the MC-101, they’ve demonstrated their groovebox prowess, combining classic Roland sound with cutting-edge functionality. Equal parts drum machine, synthesizer, sampler, sequencer and controller, this is a production powerhouse that’s armed to the teeth – it even runs off AA batteries!

Portable Beat-making
Just like the classic 707, 808 and 909 drum machines, the MC-101 is designed with quick, punchy groove-making in mind, but with a pocket-sized portable form factor. You’ve got 4 assignable tracks at your disposal, with 16 ultra-sensitive pads for playing or sequencing drums, basslines or chord progressions.

Add a wealth of onboard sounds, easy sequencing and sampling tools, and 5-hour AA battery power, and you’ve got the ability to create a professional-sounding track end-to-end.

Studio Quality Synths and Effects
The MC-101 comes equipped with a mixture of classic and state-of-the-art sounds with DAW-like flexibility, all in one place. And yes, it includes the Roland classics: TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, JUNO-106, and SH-101.

You can take these incredible sounds a step further with the MC-101’s built-in effects. All 4 tracks have independent effects processors with a huge number of variations. From lush modulation to mind-bending ambience, amp simulation to wild distortion. Add the final touch with master effects like filters, bit-crushers and bus compression for polished punchiness.

Intuitive Controls and Connectivity
Those familiar with Roland’s line-up may recognise the control panel as being similar to their Aira series but in a pocket-sized design. Vibrant backlit pads, intuitive faders, an easily-navigable button layout. The addition of a handy screen makes tracking and composing easier than ever.

MIDI in/out, stereo output and a headphone connector allows you to easily integrate the MC-101 into your existing rig. Whether you want it as a DAW controller or a fully-fledged centerpiece, it can hack it. You can connect it via USB and use as an interface; all 4 tracks can be individually recorded into your DAW.

Specifications
Sound Engine: ZEN-Core (Tone, Drum Kit)
Maximum Polyphony: ZEN-Core: 128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load), Looper: 4 (varies according to the available number of Looper track)
Tracks: 4 tracks
Clips: 64 clips (16 clips per track)
Preset Tones: 3,000+
Preset Drum Kits: 80+
User Sample (as a Tone or Drum Kit): available by importing form SD CARD
Looper Sample (as a clip of Looper track): available by importing from SD CARD, recording via EXT IN/Tracks
Available total time for User Sample: 12 minutes in mono, 6 minutes in stereo (44.1 kHz)
Available format of User Sample: WAV 32--96 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit (mono, stereo)
Available total time for Looper Sample: Approx. 60 sec (44.1 kHz)
Available format of Looper Sample: WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit, 32-bit float (mono, stereo)
Track Multi-Effects: 90 types
Chorus/Delay: 9 types
Reverb: 7 types
Master Effects: 90 types
Master Compressor
Master EQ
Step Sequencer Maximum Steps: 128 steps
Looper: Time Stretch, Pitch Shift
Display: 16 characters, 2 lines LCD (with backlit)
External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for saving Project Data and Audio Data
Connectivity
Phones jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
Mix out (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB B type (Audio, MIDI)
Power: USB Bus powered
Battery Power: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 / Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Dimensions & weight
224(W) x 132(D) x 61(H) mm
8-13/16 (W) x 5-3/16 (D) x 2-7/16 (H) inches
Weight: 716 g / 1 lb 9 oz
Accessories
Owner's manual
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
SD Card (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
SD Card Protector (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
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MFXxx
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3045 posts since 27 Mar, 2010 from UK

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:34 am

Roland appear to be in fire atm.
Saw these and sorely tempted if I had the money haha.
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rob_lee
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7697 posts since 16 Oct, 2006 from North East UK

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:36 am

MFXxx wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:34 am
Roland appear to be in fire atm.
Saw these and sorely tempted if I had the money haha.
MC-707 looks good but it's pricey. I do like the little sequencer screen tho :tu:

Langur
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21 posts since 16 Aug, 2019

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:20 pm

Very very tempted to get a 101 but I have some crucial questions.

1 are acoustic and electric pianos presets any good? Are they just synth pianos or real sampled ones?

2 Can i connect a usb keyboard (Akai lpk25)?
And, since Mc101 is usb powered, how can I simultaneously power up the device and use a usb keyboard with just one usb plug?

3 is the reverb the same quality of Boss RV500?
Is the slicer the same as MD500, with same options and features?

Sorry I couldn't find the answers on the manual and videos.
Any answer is much appreciated.

Thanks.

Goony
KVRist
32 posts since 1 Feb, 2015

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:04 pm

Pre-ordered the 707 here in UK, but alas I am away on holiday from Friday til October in Florida, so be a few weeks til I can get my hands on it :)
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Saffran
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239 posts since 20 Oct, 2018

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:53 pm

My Korg 707 is cheaper and more fun. :troll:

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chaosWyrM
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1831 posts since 29 Apr, 2010 from NYC

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:29 pm

it seems to me that if you were the market for something like this, the deluge offers quite a bit more...for less $$.
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rob_lee
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7697 posts since 16 Oct, 2006 from North East UK

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:06 am

Updated first post videos

Loopop Review

https://youtu.be/-tKJVFOSqY4

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KVRist
210 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

Re: Roland MC-707 & 101 Grooveboxes

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:57 pm

Looks promising. I can live with the colors. Is this the future? :)

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