Sampling groovebox

New-Generation Groovebox with Motorized Faders

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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 eight motorized faders on its surface - a groovebox first! With Roland’s most sophisticated processor at its core, the MC-808 has top-of-the-line sampling, sequencing, and synthesizer functions, yet it comes in at a new, low price point. For beat-makers, producers, remixers, live performers, and DJs, no sampling groovebox offers more bang for the buck than the MC-808.

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  • - 128-voice polyphony synthesizer engine
  • - 8 motorized faders - a groovebox first!
  • - Brand new sounds and patterns
  • - Powerful sampling & sequencing features
  • - Editor software included (PC/Mac) for editing samples, patches, and parts
  • - CompactFlash slot for memory backup
  • - USB for MIDI and storage to import and export AIF/WAV file
  • - 16-step pad bank, D Beam controller

Flagship Features

The MC-808 shares two 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

MC-808's internal sounds and patterns have been created fresh by artists around the world. Make no mistake — these slammin’ new dance and hip-hop grooves are instantly ready for primetime. A few "must have" sounds from the MC-909 are also included. But playing and manipulating the internal patterns is only half the fun.
The MC-808 allows you to sample any sounds you like, edit them, and add them to your productions. You can even import WAV and AIFF files from your computer into the MC-808 via USB.

Editing Software

Live performance with the MC-808, and fine edits on your computer. The MC-808 ships with an editor software (Mac OS X, Win XP/2000) that lets you perform serious sample editing tasks on the luxury of your large computer monitor. Use the patch editor to tweek sounds and work on the part editor for part mixing to finish up your patterns.

Sound Generator

Maximum Polyphony
128 voices (shared with the sampling section)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz
16 (Main) + 16 (RPS)
User: 1,024 (pre-load: 896), Card: 1,024
Rhythm Set
User: 256 (pre-load: 128), Card: 256

Sampling Section

Data Format
16-bit linear (File Type WAV/AIFF)
Maximum Polyphony
shared with the sound generator section
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Maximum Sampling Time
When sampling memory isn't expanded (4MB) mono: 47 sec. approx., stereo: 23.5 sec. approx.
When sampling memory is expanded with DIMM (516 MB) mono: 102 min. approx., stereo: 51 min. approx.
User: 2,000, Card: 7,000

Sequencer Section

16 + Tempo/Mute Control
480 ticks per quarter note
5 - 300
Maximum Note Storage
approx. 1,300,000 notes
User: 800, Card: 800
Recording Mode
Realtime, TR-REC, Step
Arpeggio Style
Chord Memory
Pattern Set

Effects Section

1 (4 types)
1 (1 type)
Multi-effects (MFX)
2 (MFX1, 2: 47 types)
Pitch Shifter (for external input)
1 (1 type)

Mastering Section

3-bands Compressor
1 (1 type)

Expansion Slot

Sampling Memory Expansion
DIMM 1 slot, Number of pins: 168-pin, Speed: 100 MHz (PC100 CL=2), 133 MHz (PC133 CL=3), Voltage: 3.3 V, Capacity: 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, Board height: 38 mm or less
External Memory
For saving Pattern/Patch/Sample, CompactFlash card: 1 slot, Compatible up to 1 GB (3.3 V)

Controllers, Display

20x2 character Type LCD (with Back lit.), Pattern Number Display: 7 segment 3 character x 2 (LED), BPM Diplay: 7 segment 4 character (LED)
Control Knob
OUTPUT Volume: 1, INPUT Volume: 1
Control Slider
Motorized Fader (60mm) x 8 (touch sensitive)
Other Controller
D Beam Controller
MIX OUTPUT Jack (L (MONO), R), DIRECT 1 OUTPUT Jack (L (MONO), R), INPUT Jack (L (MONO), R), Headphones Jack, MIDI Connectors (IN/OUT), USB Connector (USB MIDI, Mass Storage Class), DC IN
Power Supply
DC 12 V (AC adaptor)
Current Draw
1500 mA
Owner's Manual, Sound & Parameter List, AC Adaptor (PSB-3U, Power Cord), CD-ROM (Editor, USB MIDI Driver)

Size and Weight

Width (W)
431 mm17 inches
Depth (D)
327 mm12-7/8 inches
Height (H)
104 mm4-1/8 inches
3.4 kg7 lbs. 8 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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