Roland's latest GROOVEBOXES, the MC-101 and MC-707, descend from a long line of Roland gear that has shaped the sound of dance and electronic music for the past 40 years. With new and classic sounds, updated funtionaltiy, and intuitive controls these instruments will continue to inspire artists and producers to invent new genres and discover new sounds.
Baseck has been bringing his “Warrior Rhythm” to dance floors across the world since the mid-’90s. He got his start as a DJ and began turning Gameboys into instruments— showing up at parties with one in each pocket and plugging into the sound system. When it was time for him to buy a car, he saved up a few thousand dollars, but instead of getting wheels he bought a drum machine— which ironically took him more places than a car ever could. Since then, he’s garnered a reputation as a gear expert and innovator, with the ability to turn anything that makes noise into drums. We knew Baseck would be into the new Roland MC-101 and MC-707 GROOVEBOXES, so we invited him to play some beats and share his first impressions.
"I've been a fan of Roland grooveboxes since the mid-'90's, and to have 808's. 909's, 707's, 606's and to have TB-303 sounds, the Hoover, and everything all in one is super-rad." Baseck spent some time just going through the sounds, testing out the classic patches and new tones. With the MC-707's intuitive interface he was quickly making music. "I love machines that I can jump right into and hit record," he tells us as he shares how the sampling feature will allow him to put other elements from his full studio into the MC-707 and take it to a show.
The MC-101 GROOVEBOX has all the same sounds and sequencing capabilities as the MC-707 in a compact package that can run on batteries. Baseck gives an overview of how to get the most out the MC-101's four tracks, and with a form-factor that inpires on-the-go production and performance, he says this is the perfect piece of gear to just plug in an aux cable and play anywhere.
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