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MC-303

Post by Cable » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:17 am

MC-303 for 100 dollars.

worth it for use as an Midi-sequencer for other equipment?..its cheap..and looks nice for use as a sequencer..but not really sure if it is worth it..feels like it should be worth it since but wondering if there is some alternative that is just as cheap..and hardware sequencer..but maybe this is a good deal?

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Re: MC-303

Post by killedaway » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:23 am

some people get on with the MC303 alright, but myself, i found it far too difficult to use, and very tedious to navigate. the Electribe boxes offer a similar sonic vibe, but with a very simple and inspiring interface. the EA-1 would make a good, simple sequencer for your BassStation.
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Re: MC-303

Post by Ashe37 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:09 am

I have an MC-303... I like the arp, and the sounds are ok... but i don't like the Roland interface, and am looking for am EM-1.

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Re: MC-303

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:19 pm

The MC303 sequencer is far more powerful than an Electribe. You get 7 instrument tracks (fixed to MIDI channels 1-7) and a drum track on channel 10. Each track is polyphonic, too. Whether or not you like the Roland way of sequencing is another question.

$100 is a very good price, they are going for $150-250 on eBay which to me is way to much money.
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Re: MC-303

Post by Cable » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:36 pm

Hmm think i will see if i can get it then...thinking of buying a Vermona DRM1 later someday...and maybe it will work good as a sequencer for it?..with this ones 8 tracks to that ones 8 tracks?

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Re: MC-303

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:21 am

True, but maybe i just need to 'get used to' the Roland.

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Re: MC-303

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:34 pm

I had a MC303 for many years before I upgraded to the 505. Very useful and a steal at $100!
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Re: MC-303

Post by Cable » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:45 pm

Now i have it!...hope it will come in handy..still reading the manual and trying to navigate it..not the easiest but whatever...now im waiting for my BassStation to come in the mail.^^

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Re: MC-303

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:25 pm

Congrats! The MC 303 has a lot of potential and if you can master all aspects of it, you'll be a superstar! It's quirky but possible, remember that. 8)
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Re: MC-303

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:44 am

Should the shift key br hard to press? or might mine need replacement?

Note: you will get tired of holding down shift and function.

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Re: MC-303

Post by Cable » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:09 am

Feeling the Quirkiness already..haha..well well..probably a nice buy anyways..nice to have something a bit more portable than my EPS16+ too.

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Re: MC-303

Post by Cable » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:09 am

Ashe37 wrote:Should the shift key br hard to press? or might mine need replacement?

Note: you will get tired of holding down shift and function.

Think it might be yours...

hehe noticing that already too.

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