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Roland MC-909 Review

The MC-909 blurs the line between sampler, sequencer, and playable instrument, and was a blast to play with in my studio.

I am a musician and engineer, but I’ve never had a chance to get to know the Roland MC-909 groovebox. For this reason exactly, I decided to take one home to try it out. I took it out of the box, decided to see what I could accomplish without looking at the manual, and an hour later I had sampled one of my old mixes, cut it up into individual samples, and created a brand new “remix” based upon the original song! Not bad.

The MC-909, once you have a chance to look through the menus a bit, is a fairly intuitive and very powerful sound manipulator and sequencer. Auto chop makes it easy to slice and dice grooves and create banks of samples, the D Beam and Turntable Emulation make for a very interactive and tactile performance experience, and a USB connection makes transferring samples from a Mac or PC a snap. The MC-909 blurs the line between sampler, sequencer, and playable instrument, and was a blast to play with in my studio.

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