Roland MC-707 Groovebox
Roland Groovebox MC-707
"The Roland MC-707 is everything you need to create the perfect track, stuffed into one box. You can access 3000 sounds (inc drums), record, load in and manipulate user samples, as well as sync with external gear. The MC-707 comprises of 8 Tracks, which can be either Drums, Synths or Samples, in whatever combination you like. You can even record on the grid or completely unquantised, giving your loops a 100% human feel. Each track has space for 16 clips (patterns), meaning there is plenty of space to piece together your own songs. It has loads of onboard effects and filters, which you can fully edit and use to enhance your sounds in realtime. It also has MIDI and USB, so you can sync to external instruments and your favourite DAW. For those wanting something a bit smaller and more portable, check out the condensed Roland MC-101. The Roland MC-707 comes with a 3 year warranty and lifetime tech support with myself." GAK's Roland/Boss Product Specialist, James Purvis.
Overview By GAK
The MC-707 is groovebox, meaning it is an all-in-one music creation tool.
It has 3000 instrument sounds, made up of synths, drums and SFX, powered by Roland's most powerful sound engine yet, Zen-Core. You can also load in/record your own samples, with an SD card, and assign them as user drum kits or create custom user synth instruments. You can tweak/mangle samples by slicing, truncating, and even reversing them, thanks to the hands-on nature of this powerful Groovebox.
It is a Clips and Scenes based sequencer, meaning you can create mulitple loops and stitch them together to create your own masterpiece. You can even record without quantisation, for a much more human swing.
The MC-707 Groovebox also features MIDI IN/OUT, so it can integrate seemlessly with your setup.
Move to a new groove. The MC-707 GROOVEBOX has everything you need to create a song or perform a live set without a computer. Immerse yourself in eight tracks of recording, sequencing, synthesizers, and effects, plus a curated palette of sounds, loops, and phrases. Record audio and MIDI—with deep control over timing—and tweak the faders and knobs for that "in the moment" experience. With such massive potential, you’re ready to produce in any style or create your own new thing.
Mega micro composer. This modern GROOVEBOX packs a lot of punch in a single piece of gear. It's deep and customizable, yet fun and friendly, always ready to create something new. Compose from a curated collection of built-in sounds, beats, and phrases all expertly crafted by renowned artists and sound designers. Explore a musical playground, where you can freely combine loops and one-shots with melodic phrases, including your own audio recordings and MIDI sequences. Record and trigger clips, re-arrange, re-sample, record automation, and make it all sound huge with per-track and global effects.
Eight tracks of clip-based sequencing. The MC-707’s eight-track sequencer is optimized for fluid production of today's electronic-focused music styles and ever-evolving subgenres. The TR-REC step sequencer is just like those found on classic Roland drum machines, perfect for building rhythm parts quickly. There are also 16 ultra-sensitive pads for playing or sequencing drum parts, melodic basslines, or polyphonic chord progressions. Sequencer clips even store your knob movements along with note data. This lets you create dramatic, moving effects like a deep reverb on a single clap, slow filter sweeps, and much more.
Deep synthesis. The MC-707 features our latest sound engine, which fuses virtual analog and modern PCM. It’s flexible, powerful, and lets you dig deep into its sonic capabilities. It has the sounds of legendary Roland rhythm machines and synthesizers that are the foundation of electronic music—including the TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, JUNO-106, and SH-101. But the MC-101 also looks forward, with modern digital and hybrid sounds perfect for creating future classics—today.
Record, sample, tweak, and mangle. In addition to its deep synthesis engine, the MC-707 has a powerful sampler with on-the-fly recording that synchronizes to your project's tempo. Record vocals or instrument parts, or import from your own existing library, then sequence or trigger phrases, one-shots, and loops. You can also tweak and mangle samples by truncating and reversing—with the inspiration and precision that comes only from hands-on control.
Hands-on experience. Loaded with hands-on controls, the MC-707 lets you dig in and shape your music in a visceral, physical way. Faders for each track let you immediately mix and arrange parts, and knobs can be freely assigned to whatever control you need for a sound. You can even record your knob movements, so they play back automatically. And the 8x2 pad array is not only great for playing drums—you can enter melody and chords with velocity, and trigger audio and MIDI clips as well.
Expand with new sounds, loops, and phrases. The MC-707 is an updateable and expandable platform that never gets stale. Keep things fresh with new loops, one-shots, phrases, and synth sounds—all available online.
- Roland MC-707: GROOVEBOX
- - Sound Generator
- ZEN-Core (Tone,Drum Kit)
- - Track Type
- Tone, Drum Kit, Looper (Audio Loop)
- - Maximum Polyphony
- ZEN-Core:128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
- LOOPER:8 (varies according to the available number of Looper track)
- - Tracks
- 8 tracks
- - Clips
- 128 clips (16 clips per track)
- * Clip Type: Tone, Drum Kit, Looper (Audio Loop), it varies according to the track type.
- - Tones
- Preset Tone: 3,000 or greater
- Preset Drum Kit: 80 or greater
- User Sample (as a Tone or Drum Kit): available by importing form SD CARD
- Looper Sample (as a clip of Looper track): available by importing from SD CARD, recording via EXT IN/Tracks
- * Available total time for User Sample: 12 minutes in mono, 6 minutes in stereo (44.1 kHz)
- * Available format of User Sample:
- WAV 32--96 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit (mono, stereo)
- * Available total time for Looper Sample: Approx. 60 sec (44.1 kHz)
- * Available format of Looper Sample:
- WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit, 32-bit float (mono, stereo)
- - Effects
- Track Multi-Effects: 90 types
- Track EQ
- Chorus/Delay: 9 types
- Reverb: 7 types
- Master Effects: 90 types
- Master Compressor
- Master EQ
- - Step Sequencer
- Maximum Step: 128 steps
- * Available on a Tone or Drum Kit Track
- - Looper
- Time Stretch, Pitch Shift
- * Available on a Looper Track
- - Display
- 256 x 80 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)
- - External Storage
- SD Card (SDHC supported) for saving Project Data and Audio Data
- - Connectors
- PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- MIX OUT(L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- ASSIGNABLE OUT(L,R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- SEND/RETURN(L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- EXT IN(L/MONO/MIC, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type (it works as 1/4-inch TRS phone type when using MIC)
- MIDI (IN, OUT1, OUT2) connectors
- USB port: USB B type (Audio, MIDI)
- DC IN jack
- - Power Supply
- AC adaptor
- - Current Draw
- 2,000 mA
- - Dimensions
- 426 (W) x 263 (D) x 60 (H) mm
- 16-13/16 (W) x 10-3/8 (D) x 2-3/8 (H) inches
- - Weights
- 2.1 kg
- 4 lbs 11 oz
- - Accessories
- AC adaptor
- Owner's manual
- Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
- SD Card (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
- SD Card Protector (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
No upgrades available
Excellent machine lots of features to learn.
A wonderful and very powerful piece of kit. The on-line manual can be confusing at times but I'm learning.
I've only had the MC 707 for few days but so far I am really enjoying every moment of it. I used to own an MC 303 back in 1996 and then an MC 909 in 2005, both of which I bought from new. Back then I remember paying around £1400 for the MC 909 – Ouch! In comparison to previous models, The MC 707 does have a few minor drawbacks i.e. currently no song mode (please add one Roland!) but on the other hand, to me, it has some major improvements on its predecessors. For example the 303 and 909 really lacked the ability to add any real sort of EQ (apart from the primitive 'mastering' which the 909 had), and so my mixes lacked any real punch and presence in my opinion. The MC 707 on the other hand lets you apply an EQ to each channel, plus a final EQ and compressor to polish the mix. If you're using a drum track you can also add an EQ to each individual pad as well as the channel, which means you can really fine tune everything. Overall I am really pleased and thanks to GAK for the great service!