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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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tok-a-ton a part-time user from right in the middle, i think writes:
first of all, when recording real-time or in tr-rec mode, the machine will put all levels down by a bit, like 50% or so. you can tweak it up with one of those four control knobs, there ought to be a bar in the screen somewhere. does that help? further, yeah, for the used price of 400$, there is no better deal for an awesome beatmachine and a decent sequencer. yeah, bread-n-butter units like this are always a bit on the limited side, with creativity and all, but i have used this unit very intensively and you can tweak some patches to sound very impressive - sharp, distorted, clean, mellow, it's all in there. only thing, i seem to not be able to find a good sine-shaped wave that does a good low hum ( for some jungle/db-stuff ). i have to tweak with the filters for quite a bit to get what i want, but that is kind of the essence of the 307 - with some effort and a manual ( and even better some pre-existing knowledge of x0x-style machines ) you get pretty far in little time. major minus though: i had a memory loss ( god knows why ) and i had to erase a few of my user patterns just to get that freakin error message to stop interrupting the function of the whole thing!!! ( the manual basically tells you to reset the machine to factory preset - thanx you dillweeds, it's not like i work with this machine....!)fuckin, roland ought to burn in hell for that, and if anyone else has had that problem, please POST IT!! it is a major glitch, and if that happens again i am gonna be so pissed, i'll go over there and punch their CEO. well, maybe just bruise him a little ;(

posted Saturday-May-04-2002 at 22:25
Tom rapf from Germany writes:
Cool machine, specially if you want inspiring loops-they are more "traditional" but that way much more "usefull" than those of the mc 505 (which of course has other advantages like single outputs and the megamix-function). I use it in combination with an ext. sequencer (logic) to which I transfer, edit and/or combine patterns. Does anybody know if the single arpeggio(or roll)notes can also be transferred via midi or if they are handeled as one note? the transmition of some factory patterns sometimes seems to "drop" a few notes...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 17:06
a hobbyist user from Baltimore writes:
just got the mc-307 a few days ago and love it to death. i would like to thank all the reviewers on this site because with out your reviews I night not of bought it. Anyway I produce hip-hop beats and must say this beat-box is the shit. Although some of the drum sounds are some what weak and hallow sounding you can change them to sound pretty damn sweet. The strings are also some what dissapointing as they seam to interfere with the rest of your recording. the interface is very simple although it may be overwhelming at first. With the mc-307 you can do virtualy any thing to make your beat sound how you want. i would recomend this machine to anyone looking to add some depth to there next groove.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-01-2002 at 22:05
VARUN SHARMA a part-time user from india writes:

posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2002 at 04:43
Kirk a professional user from Michigan writes:
Alright. I've had this machine for about 8 months and I cannot make doo doo on it. The patterns tend to slur when you try to make something deep sounding... in my opinion... there is alot of improvement needed. Some really easy patterns can be made, but once you stick some strings etc.. to fatten it up... yikes... it's a sloppy mess. I find myself doing drum tracks and manually putting in the strings later (on the recording.) I hate it.

I've used alot of machines in my time and I find this one annoying.

Sorry, that is my opinion. Buy it at your own risk.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2002 at 00:51
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