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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Angelina Jolie from Germany writes:
Nice one but it will be better if more info is present

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-15-2006 at 16:13
O-Zone a part-time user from DC 2 ATL writes:
The MC-303 is a pretty cool machine. Recently, I traded my Casio WK-1630 + $50.00 at a local pawnshop. No adapter as I had to buy one from Radio Shack, no manual either, but I conjured up a hot $outhern track. I am using it with a Roland Disclab CDX-1, and a Zoom RT-234. It looks intimidating and hard to figure out, but you have to take time with it. I am a $outhern artist/producer and I do Hip Hop. I love heavy lo-end rumbling so I only use 808 and Sine bass for drum and bass, I really don't care about the other drum and bass sounds. The synth leads are tight too, like Lil Jon uses. I like some of the GM sounds too. I have been through a Roland W-30, Korg 01/w, Kawai K-5000s, 3 Casio Wk-1630's, and a WK-3000, and the MC-303 fits me well because it is small, powerful and gives me a lot of room to manuever around. I could have given it a low rating, but I know it will be more hidden surprises this thing will churn out, so I probably will not be selling this thing no time soon....Or Never, We'll wait and see.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-23-2005 at 08:55
go-rilla a hobbyist user from gotham aka 313 writes:
The mc-303 is the first electronic kit I owned. Since that I've acquirred thousands of dollars worth of hardware. I remember seeing it at guitar center about the mid to late ninties, sitting next to it was a quasimidi 309. I remember the 309 sounding better but the 303 was in my price range. Ill be fair and say that the 303 had a more diverse kit. The facts sounds thin and tiny. A pain to program and crappy manual to boot. Yet I still own it after all these years. It still gets use from time to time and its seen a lot of other hardware come and go (including a 309)! Limited and cheesy yet some still serves purpose. Becoming retro now, which to me makes it even cooler. They're cheap enough that any self respecting producer should own one or have owned one at one point. Not quite the beginner kit it used to be, a littled limited for that by todays standard. But lets say a good addition to any studio for its price

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-09-2005 at 09:37
M.Dodd a part-time user from Wales writes:
Polyphony is 28 which is fine considering the amount of parts you have - 8 plus 8 for the drums. The midi is dreadful it just doesn't sit well with other midi gear i.e. You can't have an mc303 sound and an external sound together because part is set to out. I never used sound module mode but you need to be a technician to program the thing because everything is done externally. I liked the arp on it, loads of styles and an accent feature too. I made tunes just using this. I just can't understand why roland put so many preset patterns in it?? and just give us musicians 50 user patterns to program our tunes in without no way of storing patterns to a disk drive (I did try bulk dumping the patterns to a sequencer but it wouldnt load it in, cos it said the data was going in to fast, so I made the packets smaller still didn't work!) surely it would have been better to give us say 100 preset patterns and give us the rest to program in. The rubber keys are retro and useful to program as a beatbox.

Most of the presets don't sound very good. Some of the basses are useful. The drums are probably its best feature but don't be fooled by its many drum kits it hasn't really, just presets mapped onto different keys to make the differnet kits. I like the way you program the drums its like programming a 909. On board effects are useful and easy to setup.

It's not very reliable because 1) the thru mode tends to switch itself off sometimes 2) biggest problem with the sequencer is if you have appeggios playing and you program the drums while its playing it tends to delete notes which means you gotta program the track again! 3) it did crash on me once but luckily it still kept my music.

I liked it for about 6 months it rekindled my days of using Octamed on the Amiga. When it first came out it was an interesting little retro styled instrument but now it's dated badly and there are other boxes there which have tons more features for more or less the same price i.e. the RM1x I don't think I wouldn't buy it again it's just too limiting for me and all those preset patterns make it seem like an expensive kids toy.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-25-2005 at 15:31
DjSinistral a professional user from Australia writes:
The worth of the MC303 depends on what you use it for. It's great for doubling other lines, providing 'bells and whistles' etc. However it is not likely to provide satisfactory main lines (leads and basses) without alot of tweaking. That said, some of the bass sounds are very usable. I have real analogue gear yet sometimes the mc303 just fits better. The drum samples are timeless.

The interface is a breeze, the arpeggiator wonderfully versatile and actually playable. The sequencer is tricky but educational at least, and solid at best (roland did bring us the mc-4 after all:). If you have no other synths, consider something more sonically versatile. But for the money, the MC303 is an under-rated bag of tricks with great features. Pick one up while they're still cheap!

Quite the semi-modern classic. 4.5 out of 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-26-2005 at 05:36
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