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Roland MC-808 Sampling Groovebox

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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 powerstatio... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 8 motorized faders on its surface — a groovebox first! With Roland's most sophisticated processor at its core, the MC-808 possesses top-of-the-line sampling, sequencing, and synthesizer features yet it comes in at a new, low price point.

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
The MC-808's internal sounds and patterns have been created fresh by top international artists. These slammin' new dance and hip-hop grooves are instantly ready for primetime, but playing and manipulating the internal patterns is only half the fun. The MC-808 allows any sounds to be sampled, edited, and added to the song. WAV and AIF files can also be imported from computer via USB. A few "must have" sounds from the MC-909 are also included.

Editing Software
The MC-808 ships with a free Mac/PC (Mac OS X, Win XP/2000) editor for serious sample and patch editing and part mixing tasks on the luxury of a large computer monitor, and for shuttling the files effortlessly back and forth via USB.


  • 8 motorized faders — a groovebox first!
  • Same powerful sampling & sequencing features as MC-909
  • Brand new sounds and patterns
  • 128-voice polyphony
  • CompactFlash slot for memory backup
  • USB for storage and AIF/WAV file import and export
  • 16-step pad bank, D Beam controller
  • Editor software included (PC/Mac)
  • Customer Reviews

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Can't complain

By Hypnotix

from Harrisburg, PA

I've worked with all sorts of groove/production stations, the MPC 2000 and 1000, the JX-305 GrooveSynth, Yamaha RMx1 and this one by far gives you the most to start out with. That's features, sounds, etc. It will not out do an MPC as a sampler, so don't get that idea, but it gives you tons of real usable sounds to start with, so it has that over them. One thing to note is you MUST use a computer to get full usage out of it if you primarily sample, as I do. The editor on the computer makes it easier to chop samples, but assigning them to keys is easier from the groovebox, that's why I gave the features a 4.0. Hopefully, the editor will have an update that will auto assign chopped samples to the keys as the groovebox does.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


A Novice Beat Maker

By Detroit Native

from Tennessee

I recently purchased the MC-808. As a n00bie to making beats, this machine welcomed me with open arms. It's ease of use is a real pick-me-up. I've had this for about two months and already am making decent tracks. I've been able to go from not knowing a thing about beat production to having friends and family grooving to the beats. If you're wanting to get starting in making tracks, the MC-808 is the way to go.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Powerfull and easy to use

By Morbi_Icon

from Euclid, Ohio

This thing is great, The software is a huge plus and the samples that it comes with are more than enough to do what you want.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Must have

By Blacktrump

from tha Yay

I was into producing music a few years back and I kind of pieced together equipment to get the sounds I wanted. I also worked with the late great 303 and I knew the 808 was a must have. It has everything you need to make music, bottom line.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fun groovebox

By Jonathan Meidell

from Salt Lake City, UT

I'd have to agree with the other review that you should hook it up to a computer to get maximized features on it. Although, this is fairly easy to use and has very good sounds. It is very expensive for a groovebox, though. I would go with the newer Korg Electribes over this if I did it all over, again.

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