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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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dan from USA writes:
I love the MC-303 for what it is and what it does. For the amount I paid ($250) its really a good deal. I have found the manual to be surprisingly excellent and very useable. This machine is a lot of fun, some like it, some dont, but who cares? Just play the beat and enjoy the moment.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-02-2001 at 02:15 a part-time user writes:

i can't believe you people a still talking about that machine... the mc-303 gets a heavy beating from any shareware music software (Like buzz tracker).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-01-2001 at 15:10
a part-time user writes:
it seems just about everyone that has something good to say about this machine also has something bad to say about the people that dont like it, most commonly that we (the mc303 haters) cant make music and have no creativity, which goes to show something about those peoples intellegence levels. the mc303 is a peice of shit for ANY use other than as a drum machine (at which task it does an ok job if you have a 32 channel or greater midi interface or you are using it as the master clock source) unless you like having a very hard to use interface, a horrible midi implementation, the worst filter this side of a blanket over your speakers, very unstable memory, corny outdated early 90s "techno" sounds, BAD effects and a manual that might as well not even exist. there is absolutely no reason to get one of these, the low cost is no excuse. if you are interested in making expressive music in a user friendly and stable environment and you only have enough money for an mc303 then keep saving. there are much much better peices of gear out there for just a little bit more money. the mc303 is as close to a toy as you can get without having the word mattell written on it. and to all of you out there who based on this entirely fact based OPINION who will say i have no creativity or whatever you can eat my ass, ive used a lot of gear over time and the mc303 is the worst designed, sounding and even looking piece of crap that i have ever used.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 02:08
eric a professional user from usa writes:
ok...after playing with this thing for about a week i think i can make a judgement...

this thing is extremely powerful. some people bash it because they think the sounds are weak, but what do you expect for $300? plus on anything synth/drummachine you buy there are a good majority of crappy sounds. it's all a matter of taste.

this machine is great for using just as a drummachine. compared to my korg em-1 (which cost me $400. i only paid $250 for the mc-303), it is a little more complicated to use but you get 7 synth parts plus the drum part. with the em-1 you only get 2 synth parts (which have to be within the same octave range keep in mind) and only a total of 8 drum sounds. the mc-303 lets you use many more than that. plus the polyphony on the em-1 sucks. it is 2 mono-poly synths. oh yeah, and you only get a total of 50 synth sounds. the mc-303 gives you something like 448. if you are deciding between the two...go for the mc-303. that is just my opinion. go into the store and try one out. keep in mind that they are extremely complicated at first so odds are you won't be able to figure it out at the store.

overall, i'd give it a 4.5 / 5. i'd give the em-1 a 3/5. anyone want to trade something for an em-1? email me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-22-2001 at 20:37
Nik a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The MC-303 was quite innovative for its time, the initial idea of having everything you need to make electronic music in one box was a good one and it showed in sales, and in the great abundance of "grooveboxes" available to us now.

Being the first in the series, while no excuse, does give reason to the shortcomings of the box and why people, even years later, are still able to hate or love the machine so much. Later grooveboxes, such as the MC-505 and Yamaha's RM1x take the same idea and improve upon it, obviously making them a better product, and while maybe a little more expensive, probably worth the money. Its just like software...theres no reason to buy version .01 of something when 6.0 is available.

I have to say that the machine broke new ground and allowed many people who knew nothing about making electronic music to get into the genre. It paved the way (for better or for worse, i'd say better) for its successors and still has its uses.

Is the MC-303 something I would suggest buying now? Of course not, with the large range of equipment that is available today, the MC-303 cant even compare. I am glad that the machine came out though, or we might not have the cheap and easy to use technology that we do to make our music.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-10-2001 at 00:11
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