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Roland MC-909

Roland MC-909

The Roland MC-909 Sampling Groovebox is an entirely new type of professional music workstation. With expandable synthesis including new ROM waveforms and professional sampling, the worlds of audio and MIDI are fused together in an ultra-intuitive environment. Factor in a pro-level sequencer and effects—plus a USB port for exchanging samples and sequences with a PC—and the MC-909 has everything producers need to complete their musical vision.


  • Professional 64-voice workstation with new-generation XV synthesis, sampling, 16-track sequencer, effects and oversized graphic LCD
  • 16MB sample memory expandable up to 272MB using optional DIMMS, and SmartMedia storage for sample data
  • Hundreds of new high-quality patterns, sounds and rhythm sets; expandable via SRX-Series wave expansion board
  • Studio-quality effects including 24-bit reverb, 2 multi-effects processors, compression/EQ and mastering effects
  • Built-in USB port for sample/Standard MIDI File transfer and User data backup
  • S/PDIF digital I/O, six analog outputs and stereo analog inputs
  • Dual D Beams, Turntable Emulation and velocity-sensitive pads-—plus front-panel knobs, buttons and sliders to modify sounds and patterns
  • New V-LINK function for integrating audio and video in performance
Flexible sampling with .WAV import

The MC-909 comes with 16MB of sample memory, expandable up to 272MB using optional DIMMs. Audio can be recorded via the stereo analog inputs or digitally using the S/PDIF input. You can even import .WAV/AIFF files from a computer via USB—making it possible to tap into the many free samples on the Internet. And when your track is complete, simply resample the output and export it back to a PC for CD.

An SRXpandable Sound Set

The MC-909 ships with a dance-oriented ROM containing 800 new Patches, 72 Rhythm Sets and 693 all-new waveforms exclusively sampled and created for this next-generation workstation. These sounds include everything from house pianos and organs to edgy techno hoovers and stabs—plus favorites like the JP-8000 “SuperSaw” waveform and distorted TB-303 sounds.

There are also plenty of basses, pads and sound effects perfect for any track, along with the most complete assortment of drum kits ever assembled.
New sounds can be added by installing an optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Board. And if you choose the SRX-05 “Supreme Dance” expansion, you’ll get special Patches that can only be accessed on the MC-909.

USB port

While the MC-909 is designed to operate as a stand-alone workstation, it is also at home with USB-equipped PCs. This simple interface makes it possible to import or export .WAV/AIFF files with a computer, or even exchange Standard MIDI Files with software sequencers like Cubase, Logic and Performer. The MC-909 is truly an “open-ended” system that makes creating, sharing and distributing your music easier than ever before.

Trigger live video with V-Link

Many creative artists have discovered the benefits of using audio and video together. With the MC-909’s V-LINK feature, you can integrate video with your Groovebox sequences. First, edit the video with the Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold separately). Then use V-LINK to trigger clips, perform video effects and transitions from the MC-909’s sequencer and front panel along with the music. This futuristic workstation does it all!

MC-505 Specifications

Synthesizer Section
Keyboard Pad :16-keys
Maximum Polyphony :64 voices (include audio sample)
Parts :32 parts (main: 16 + rps: 16)
Wave ROM :32 MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
Waveforms :693
Sampling audio format :16bit linear
Sampling Rate :44.1kHz
Sampling Time :Standard 16MB: mono. 180sec (stereo 90 sec) - maximum up to 272MB (standard 16MB + DIMM 256MB): mono. 51min (stereo 26min)
Preset Memory :Patches: 800; Rhythm Sets: 72; Patterns: 215; Sample (Archived in system program for Preset Pattern 1- 5): 18; Wave Expansion Board SRX Series: 1 slot
User Memory :Patches (internal): 256; Patches (card): 256; Rhythm Sets (internal): 128; Rhythm Sets (card):128; Patterns (internal): 200; Patterns (card): 999; Sample (internal): 2,000; Sample (card): 7,000
Effects :MFX: MFX1: 38 Types, MFX2: 47 Types; Reverb: 4 Types; Compressor: 1 Type (Compressor and 2-band EQ); Mastering Effect: 1 Type (3-band Compressor
Sequencer Section
Tracks :16 + Tempo/Mute Control Track
Songs :50 songs
Internal Memory :1,300,000 notes
RPS Set :50
Pattern Set :50
Tempo :5.0 to 300.0 (maximum)
Resolution :480 per quarter note
Twin D Beam Controller :1
Knobs :Pitch: 1 (fine tune/coarse tune); Filter: 2 (cutoff, resonance); LFO: 2 (rate,waveform); Patch Macro: 3 (fat, random modify, matrix control 1); Effect: 3 (type, C1, C2); Mastering: 2 (attack, release); Output volume: 1; Input volume: 1
Sliders :Envelope: 13 (independent for pitch, filter, amp)
Part Mixer :8
Turntable Emulation :1
Display :1/4 VGA LCD; 7 segments LED, 4 characters (LED)
Storage :Pattern, Patch, Sampling data storage: Smart Media: (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128MB (3.3V)
Expansion :Waveform Expansion: SRX Wave Expansion Board: 1 slot (64MB equivalent); Sampling Memory expansion: DIMM: (128MB, 256MB)
Connectors :Line out: 6; Line in: 2; Phones: 1; MIDI: IN, OUT; Digital audio interface: IN, OUT (Optical/Coaxial); USB: 1; AC IN: 1
Dimensions :491(W) x 386(D) x 123(H)mm; 19-5/16(W) x 15-3/16(D) x 4-13/16(H) inch
Weight :6.0kg; 13lbs 40oz

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