Back in 1996, Roland scored an absolute hit with the MC-303 groovebox; a standalone unit which combined a swathe of sounds from their classic '80s TR and TB machines with an intuitive and entertaining interface. They've now revived the line with two all new additions to the longstanding series: the MC-707 and MC-101.
Stemming from the original design of the MC-303, as well as taking some cues from more modern groovebox experiments from the likes of Novation and Elektron, both units are extremely portable and can be easily integrated with your DAW to operate effectively in the studio.
The MC-707 features eight-track recording and sequencing, and acts as a powerful tool for electronic artists looking to make and manipulate tracks without any disruptions to their workflow. It also offers sampling via line in and SD Card, while Roland's all new ZEN-Core engine utilises PCM samples and virtual analogue to provide you with both contemporary sounds and the classic Roland tones you know and love.
16 pads give you full control over playing drums, pads, basslines and leads, while the step sequencer takes cues from Roland's TR drum series to imply a sense of familiarity when in use. There's also a whole bunch of effects to play with, as well as the ever-popular scatter mode and a host of knobs and sliders to give you complete control over all aspects of the unit.
For those limited by coin or desk space, the MC-101 essentially offers all the same features of the 707, but strips the track count down to eight and downsizes the unit considerably. It also boasts battery power to let you rave your days away from the studio - nice.