Production Studio


A New Integrated-Studio Standard

Since 2003, Roland’s MV-8000 has been a coveted centerpiece for many of the world’s greatest hip-hop and R&B producers. With its powerful hands-on features, and its ability to incorporate a VGA monitor and mouse, it brought the best of the hardware- and software- based production worlds together. Today, Roland sets a new standard in production power and flexibility with the MV-8800.

Synthesis, Sampling, Recording, Mixing, Mastering

The MV-8800 is a fully equipped sampler and synthesizer with parameters that can be edited and automated with the assignable sliders and/or with a VGA monitor and mouse (VGA monitor optional, mouse included). It’s also an advanced multitrack recorder equipped with an automated 24-channel stereo mixer and mega effects processor. Mastering tools are provided as well, including a parametric mastering EQ, enhancer, expander, multiband compressor, mastering limiter and soft-clip algorithm with output dithering.

Sound Library Onboard

Create your own sounds or load up to 128 instruments or drum kits at once from the MV-formatted sound library that’s preinstalled on the hard drive. Newly created drum kits are provided, including a special collection of 16 vintage drum machines such as the legendary Roland TR-808 and TR-909. Acoustic and electric pianos, strings, guitars, horns, synth basses and other essential instruments are also included.

Amazing Pitch & Time Control

Load hundreds of loops, hits, or vocal phrases at once, all with realtime BPM matching. Just tap the tempo, and all the samples lock to your new tempo! You can match the pitches of melodic phrases just as easily. Create loop-based tracks on the fly, all locked together in perfect pitch and time sync.

Vintage & Modern Effects

An incredible lineup of modern and vintage effects is built into the MV-8800, including models of classic Roland SRV reverbs, SDD-320 Chorus, SBF-325 Flanger, Boss BF-2 and HF-2 pedals, and the legendary RE-201 Space Echo. The MV-8800’s multi-effects processor includes an Analog Modeling Bass that turns the MFX engine into a virtual SH-style bass synthesizer. All MFX knob tweaks can be automated as you mix.

Sampler Section
Audio Data Format
16-bit linear
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Maximum Polyphony
64 voices
16 (Instruments) + 9 (Audio Tracks) + 1 (Audio Phrases)
Wave Memory (RAM)
DIMM: 1 slot (168 pins, PC100 CL = 2 or PC133 CL = 3, 3.3 V, 128 M bytes, 256 M bytes, 512 M bytes), 128 M bytes (standard), Expandable up to 512 M bytes (replacement to 512 M bytes DIMM is required.)
Maximum Sampling Time
with 128 M bytes DIMM (standard) mono: 24 min. approx. (stereo: 12 min. approx.) / with 512 M bytes DIMM (expanded) mono: 100 min. approx. (stereo: 50 min. approx.)
Multi-effects (MFX): 1 (25 types), Chorus: 1 (2 types), Reverb: 1 (4 types), Mastering Tool Kit: 1 (only in the Mastering Mode)
Sequencer Section
Song: MIDI tracks (1 MIDI channel per track): 128, Audio tracks: 8, Pattern track: 1, Tempo track: 1, Mute Control Track: 1 / Pattern: MIDI tracks (1 MIDI channel per track): 64, Audio track: 1, Mute Control Track: 1
480 TPQN
Note Capacity
approx. 150,000 notes
Song Length
9,999 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: 144 (Preset: 44, User: 100), Chorus Libraries: 52 (Preset: 2, User: 50), Reverb Libraries: 54 (Preset: 4, User: 50), Mastering Tool Kit Libraries: 76 (Preset: 26, User: 50) / Still Images (Photos) for Pix Jam Function: 16
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24 bits, 64 times oversampling / DA Conversion: 24 bits, 128 times oversampling
Frequency Response
MIC/Line Inputs: 20 Hz--20 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
Nominal Input Level
MIC/Line Inputs: -50-- +14 dBu (maximum +26 dBu: balanced, maximum +20 dBu: unbalanced), Phono Inputs: -87-- -27 dBu
Input Impedance
MIC/Line Inputs: 40 k ohms, Phono Inputs: 50 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
+4 dBu (balanced)
Output Impedance
600 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
Master Outputs: 10 k ohms or greater, Headphones: 8--600 ohms
Residual Noise Level
-86 dBu or less (SENS: LINE, Phono Input Jacks: short-circuited, IHF-A Typ.)
Graphic 320 x 240 dots backlit LCD (Color)
16 Pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive
Effects Control Knobs: C1--C3, Mixer Sliders: 1--8
Hard Disk Drive
2.5 inches, 40 G bytes
CD-R/RW Drive
Built-in type: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
Phono Input Jacks: L, R (RCA phono type), MIC/Line Input Jacks: L, R (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Master Output Jacks: L, R (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Headphone Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), Digital Out Connector A (Coaxial type), Digital Out Connector B (Optical type), MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT A, OUT B, USB Connector (supports file transfer (mass storage class)), VGA Out Connector (HD DB-15 type), PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin mini DIN type), Foot Switch Jack (1/4 inch phone type), AC Inlet * When installed MV8-OP1 Audio I/O Expansion (option), Analog Multi Output Jacks: 1--6 (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Digital In Connector A (Coaxial type), Digital In Connector B (Optical type), R-BUS Connector (DB-25 type)
Power Supply
AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption
35 W
Operating Temperature
5--40 degrees Celsius / 41--104 degrees Fahrenheit
Owner's Manual, Screen Guide, Appendices, Booklet "Content Discs", Content Discs (CD-ROM), Mouse (PS/2), Mouse Pad, Power Cord, Short Pin
Audio I/O Expansion: MV8-OP1, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Pedal Switch: DP-2
File Format Compatibility
audio CD, .WAV/AIFF, ACIDized file, S-700 (Sample, Partial, Patch) , AKAI MPC2000 (Program file (.PGM), Sound file (.SND)), AKAI S1000/3000 (Program, Sample), SMF (format 0/1), Still Image (.BMP/JPG), MV-8000 Patch, MV-8000 Project (backup data)
From PC/Mac via USB
.WAV/AIFF, ACIDized file, AKAI MPC2000 (Program file (.PGM) , Sound file (.SND)), SMF (format 0/1), Still Image (.BMP/JPG), MV-8000 Patch, MV-8000 Project
audio CD
To PC/Mac via USB
MV-8800 Sample, Audio Phrase (in .WAV/AIFF), MV-8800 Song, Pattern (in SMF (format 1))
Size and Weight
480 mm
18-15/16 inches
482 mm
19 inches
136 mm
5-3/8 inches
9.0 kg
19 lbs. 14 oz.
(0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms)
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.



Updates & Drivers

  • MV-8800 System Update Version 1.01
  • MV-8800 Sounds: Dirt & Grime Kit

    This drum kit is available for existing 8000 and 8800 owners and spans a range of musical styles from urban, R&B and electro house. The kit has a slighty gritty sound and a wider-than-normal range of sensitivity so you can experiment with changes in swing and volume.

  • MV-8800 Sounds: Percussion Loops and Phrases

    Recorded with the highest quality mics, preamps, and converters, this new audio phrase bank of percussion loops and phrases gives MV customers exactly what they’ve been asking for, another source of inspiration. The samples in Roland's new audio phrase bank come pre-looped and have the BPM calculated—so when MV-8800’s BPM Sync is engaged, the MV-8800’s realtime time stretching function will automatically make the loops synchronize with the current song’s tempo. This makes working with loops in the MV-8800 much easier than any other manufacturer’s hardware beat machine or production studio.

    Please refer to the "readme.txt" file, included in this download, for the install procedure.

  • MV-8800 Sounds: Bass Synth Patches

    Collection of bass synth patches for the MV-8800.

    Please refer to the "readme.txt" file, included in this download for the install procedure.

  • MV Patches: CR-7800 Kit

    The Roland CR-78 drum machine was originally manufactured in 1978 and has been used on countless records over its lifetime. Now the sounds of the CR lives again in the new CR-7800 kit for the MV Series Production Studio.

    Please refer to the "Readme.txt" file included in this download for the install procedure.

  • MV Patches: TR-527

    TR-505, TR-707, and TR-727: Roland has captured and combined these classic sounds into one convenient, 3-bank package called the TR-527.

    Please refer to the "readme.txt" file, include in the download, for the install procedure.

  • MV Patches: TR-808

    Every famous TR-808 sound, complete with knob twists and nuances, has been masterfully captured in uncompressed, full-resolution audio.

    Please refer to the "readme.txt" file, included in this download, for the install procedure.


If you have questions about operating your Roland product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.
You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.
In addition, we have a library of Owner’s Manuals and Support Documents that you can download and reference.

Owner's Manuals

Support Documents

  • MV-8800 TurboStart
  • MV-8800 Workshop 01: Creating a New Project

    An MV-8800 project holds for everything you need when you're working on a song. This booklet will help you understand how to get the most from your projects, and how to set up them up for the way you like to work.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 02: Loading Patches

    This booklet explains how to load patches into the MV-8800 when you're trying to find the sounds for a project, or when you just want to have some fun playing the MV-8800.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 03: Sampling

    This booklet gets you started with MV-8800 sampling. It's also intended as a companion for the Auto Chop, Importing a Sample from CD, Direct Recording, and Spreading a Sample Across the Pads MV-8800 Workshop booklets, which discuss some of the more advanced ways you can sample.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 04: Auto Chop

    It's easy to slice up a sample into separate sounds you can play on the MV-8800 pads. This booklet explains how to do this using the MV-8800's Auto Chop feature.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 05: Importing a Sample from CD

    Learn how to make samples from audio CD and data CD-ROMs.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 06: Direct Recording

    Did you know you can use the MV-8800's sampler to simply record along with your sequenced tracks? This booklet explains how.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 07: Spreading a Sample Across the Pads

    This booklet explains how to lay out a single sample across a set of pads so you can play it at different pitches.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 08: Getting the Most from Sample RAM

    The MV-8800 makes it easy to trim away samples you’ve decided not to use so that you have more room for stuff you do want. This booklet explains how to “optimize” a project.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 09: MPC-to-MV Translator

    This booklet is for people migrating to the MV-8800 from AKAI MPC™ products. If you know how to do something on an MPC, this booklet will tell you how to do it on the MV-8800.

    *The trademark listed above is the trademark of its respective owner, which is a separate company from Roland. This company is not affiliated with Roland.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 10: Getting Around the MV-8800’s Hard Drive

    If you own an MV-8800, and aren't familiar with computers, this booklet explains how to navigate the MV-8800’s hard drive.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 11: Working with External MIDI Instruments

    This booklet explains how to play MIDI instruments—including computer-based soft synths—from the MV-8800’s pads, as well as how to use MIDI sounds in your MV-8800 sequences.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 12: Using the MV-8800 with an External Sequencer

    The MV-8800 can act as a powerful sample player when it’s used with a computer sequencing program, or with a standalone hardware sequencer. This booklet explains how.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 13: Automation

    With automation, the MV-8800 memorizes and plays back mix settings for you, helping you create the perfect mix for a song or pattern. This booklet explains how to use the MV-8800’s automation features.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 14: Using EQ

    The MV-8800’s built-in EQ lets you adjust the tone of your audio tracks and MIDI track instruments so they sound just the way you want them to. This booklet explains how to use the MV-8800 EQ, and includes a bunch of tips if you’re new to EQ.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 15: Making a Beat

    The MV-8800 is all about beats, and this booklet tells you how to make them. Step-by-step instructions show you how easy it is to create everything from the simplest beat to a full-on monster arrangement without ever hitting STOP.

  • MV-8800 Workshop 16: Using Patterns in a Song

    This booklet explains how to add new beats—also called “patterns”—to your songs, and how to build brand-new songs by stringing patterns together.