Roland today introduced the MC-707 and MC-101, two grooveboxes designed to let you make complete productions, standalone or integrated with a computer-based workflow.
Building on workflows introduced with instruments like the TR-808, TR-909, and TB-303, the grooveboxes are designed to let you create songs quickly and easily.
The MC-707 Groovebox offers eight-track recording, sequencing, sampling, synthesizers, and studio-grade effects, plus a curated palette of sounds, loops, and phrases.
Audio and MIDI can be recorded with deep control over timing, while hands-on faders and knobs inspire in-the-moment creativity.
The MC-707 features the sounds of classic Roland rhythm machines and synthesizers, but also looks forward with modern digital and hybrid sounds.
It features 16 ‘ultra-sensitive’ pads for playing or sequencing drum parts, melodic basslines, or polyphonic chord progressions. There’s also a TR-REC step sequencer, inherited from Roland’s classic drum machines.
With advanced USB audio interface capabilities, the MC-707 lets you easily record all eight parts to individual DAW tracks and finish a song there, or sample sounds from a DAW to capture backing tracks, stems, and more for live shows.
The MC-101 Groovebox has all the sounds, sequencing, and effects of the MC-707, but in a more compact four-track version, tailored for portability.
It runs for up to five hours on four AA batteries, and is compact enough to let you create sounds or make beats anywhere you like:
The MC-101 has a four-track sequencer. You can use the 16 RGB pads to create drum, bass, and synthesizer patterns. You can freely combine loops and one-shots with melodic phrases, including your own imported audio recordings and MIDI sequences.
The MC-101 lets you compose and trigger clips, rearrange, re-sample, record your knob movements, and more.
Each track has independent effects processors, with a huge number of variations. Options include chorus, delays, reverbs, overdrive, distortion, filters, compression and more.
Here’s an overview:
Pricing and Availability
Both grooveboxes will be available starting in September, with the following pricing: