MV-8000 Version 3

Production Studio

The Total Production Solution

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The Total Production Solution

Roland continues its expansion of the MV-8000 platform with the release of Version 3 software. With linear-based recording already established on the MV, now come the additions of Pattern and Drum Grid composing modes — giving you the best of both worlds. Also new is a built-in analog modeling synth-bass and Pix Jam, an innovative new feature that lets you load and trigger your own custom graphics. The MV-8000 also sports ultra-intuitive operation via external VGA and mouse, with an enhanced piano roll editor and visual editing of waveforms in the audio tracks.

>> MV-8000 Production Studio original version

>> MV-8000 Version 3.5

  • - Pattern-based composing mode now added
  • - Drum Grid for easy rhythm composing
  • - Powerful analog modeling synth-bass onboard
  • - Pattern-Play mode for spontaneous live performance
  • - Enhanced editing screens for MIDI and audio tracks
  • - Pix Jam feature for triggering custom graphics from the pads, or for sequencing graphics in time with music

From Start to CD

Since its inception, the MV-8000 has won favor with producers around the planet — especially in the R&B, hip-hop, and dance music camps. With its luxurious, tactile front panel covered in trigger pads, buttons, mixing sliders, and knobs, and with its ability to interface with an external video monitor for computer-like visual editing, the MV-8000 set a new standard in hardware-based music production. Today, as the feature set grows, the MV is poised to gain even more mass acceptance. From songwriting to editing, mixing to mastering and CD-burning, the MV-8000 is the premiere all-in-one studio solution.

Pattern Compose

Producers have enjoyed the MV-8000's linear style of recording, but now they get the best of both worlds with the addition of pattern-based composing. Layer up to 64 tracks "drum machine-style" within each pattern, and chain up to 500 patterns together per project using the pads or via step writing. Layer up to 128 linear tracks with your patterns if you'd like. It's a composer's dream machine — pattern-style writing for the main grooves (drum machine-like) and linear style for the instruments and audio tracks (á la software). And don't overlook the handy Drum-Grid editor, which can be used to create beats in a familiar grid/matrix window.

Built-in Bass Synth

A bonus feature unique to the MV-8000 is its new internal analog-modeled bass synthesizer, which can be played from the MV's own trigger pads or via MIDI. With its two fat oscillators, multimode resonant filter, LFO, envelope follower, ring and cross modulation, delay, chorus, portamento, and more, this synth can inject serious style and spice into your productions.

Innovative Pix Jam

Load your own BMP/JPGs files into the MV-8000 and "play" them back on an external VGA monitor from the MV’s pads, or sequence the graphics. Audio meets graphics for the utmost in expressive real-time performance!

MV-8000 Version 3.x and later

Max. Polyphony
16 (Patches) + 8 (Audio Tracks/Audio Phrases) + 1 (Audio Phrases)+ 1 (Pattern Audio Track)

Sampler Section

Audio Data Format
16-bit linear (24-bit processing)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Wave Memory (RAM)
128MB (expandable up to 512MB when internal memory is replaced with a 512MB DIMM), DIMM: 1 slot (168- in, PC100 CL=2 or PC133 CL=3, 3.3 V, 128/256/512MB)
Max. Sampling Time
128MB DIMM installed (standard), mono: 24 min. approx. (stereo:12 min. approx.), 512MB DIMM installed (expanded), mono: 100 min. approx. (stereo: 50 min. approx.)
Multi-effects (MFX): 1 (24 types), Reverb: 1 (2 types), Chorus: 1 (4 types), Mastering Tool Kit: 1 (only in Mastering Mode)

Sequencer Section

MIDI tracks: 128 (1 MIDI channel per track), Audio tracks: 8, Pattern track: 1, Tempo track: 1
Pattern Tracks
MIDI tracks: 64 (1 MIDI channel per track), Audio track: 1
480 TPQN
5 – 300
Note Capacity
approx. 150,000 notes
Song Length
9,999 measures
Pattern Length
999 measures
Recording Method
Event recording (Realtime / Step), Audio recording


Songs: 16, Patterns: 500, Patches: 16 (per Song), Partials: 96 (16 pads x 6 banks, per Patch), Samples: 9,999, Audio Phrases: 512 (16 pads x 32 banks), Patch Libraries: 128, MIDI Clips: 100, Multi-effects (MFX) Libraries: 125 (Preset 25, User 100), Chorus Libraries: 52 (Preset 2, User 50), Reverb Libraries: 54 (Preset 4, User 50), Mastering Tool Kit Libraries: 71 (Preset 21, User 50), Pix: 16
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24-bit, 64 times oversampling, DA Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
320 x 240 dots, graphic LCD (backlit)
16 Pads (Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive)
Effects control knobs: C1 - C3, Mixer sliders: 1- 8
Floppy Disk Drive
3.5" Micro Floppy Disk 1.44MB (2HD), 720KB (2DD)
Hard Disk Drive
3.5", 40GB
CD-R/RW Drive
Built-in type (CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW)
Phono Input: L, R (RCA phono type), MIC/Line input: L, R (1/4" TRS phone type), Master Output: L, R (1/4" TRS phone type), Headphones (Stereo 1/4" phone type), Digital Out Connector A (Coaxial) / B (Optical), MIDI (In, Out A, Out B), USB Connector (supports file transfer, mass storage class), Foot Switch (1/4" phone type), AC Inlet, *The following are available when the optional MV8-OP1 Audio I/O Expansion is installed: Analog Multi Output 1 – 6 (1/4" TRS phone type), Digital In Connector A (Coaxial) / B (Optical), R-BUS Connector (DB-25 type)
Power Consumption
40W (AC 117/230/240 V)
Mixer Block Diagram, Sample Data CD-ROM, Backup CD-ROM, Shortcut Stickers, Short Pin
Audio I/O Expansion (MV8-OP1), VGA/Mouse Expansion (MV8-VGA), Foot Switch (FS-5U), Pedal Switch (DP-2)

Data compatibility


from CD-RW drive
.WAV /AIFF, ACIDized wave file, Roland S-700 Sample/Partial/Patch, AKAI MPC2000 Program (.PGM)/Sound (.SND), AKAI S1000/3000 Program/Sample, SMF 0/1, .BMP/JPEG, MV-8000 Patch/Project
from PC via USB
.WAV /AIFF, ACIDized wave file, MPC2000 Program (.PGM)/Sound (.SND), SMF 0/1, .BMP/JPEG, MV-8000 Patch/Project
from Floppy Disk drive
.WAV /AIFF, ACIDized wave file, MPC2000 Program (.PGM)/Sound (.SND), SMF 0/1, .BMP/JPEG


from CD-RW drive/USB to PC
MV-8000 Sample/Audio Phrase in .WAV/AIFF, MV-8000 Song/Pattern in SMF 1, MV-8000 Patch/Project

Size and Weight

Width (W)
480 mm18-15/16 inches
Depth (D)
482 mm19 inches
Height (H)
136 mm5-3/8 inches
9.8 kg21 lbs. 10 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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