Roland MC-101 Groovebox

Small size. Massive groove.


Produce and perform music anywhere, anytime - without clutter or complications. The MC-101 GROOVEBOX has all the high-quality sounds, sequencing, and effects of the professional MC-707, in a compact four-track version that's go-everywhere portable. Get started with an inspiring collection of ready-to-go sounds and patterns, or easily create your own. Craft a unique style by importing custom sounds and loops that sync to tempo. And you can perform with the MC-101, triggering clips and shaping your sounds with direct, hands-on control.

Roland's Cloud Academy
The MC-101 Groovebox is one of the many products that includes access to Roland Cloud Academy, an online learning platform providing free training courses for registered owners of Roland DJ controllers, TR-8S Rhythm Performer, and MC-101 + MC-707 GROOVEBOXES. In a series of live group video sessions, Roland's top product specialists will guide you step-by-step through various product features and provide tips for studio creation, stage performance, and event production. With the benefit of Cloud Academy's interactive online platform, instructors provide real-time responses to your questions submitted via live chat, voice, or webcam.

For more information, check out the Roland Cloud Academy Website.

MC-101 Key Features

• Compact Production Tool
• Sound Generator: ZEN-Core
• Preset Tones: 3,000 or greater; 80 or greater preset drum kits
• Polyphony: 128 voices
• 16 RGB Pads
• 4-Track Step Sequencer, Looper
• Wide range of built-in Effects
• 16 Character, 2 Line LCD Backlit Display
• Expandable Platform

Pocket production studio.
The MC-101 is a professional production tool, sharing the sounds and many of the capabilities of its bigger sibling, the MC-707. And there are advantages in being small. The MC-101 is solid-yet-light and runs for about five hours on four AA batteries, so you can design sounds, create drum patterns, and compose musical phrases just about anywhere. And it's not just a scratch pad for simple ideas. You can produce fully-fledged professional tracks or create backing tracks and accompaniment for live performance.

Turn a creative spark into fire.
The MC-101 has a four-track sequencer optimized for creating today's electronic and dance-focused music. You can use the 16 RGB pads to create drum, bass, and synthesizer patterns and produce your own original music. Explore a musical playground, where you can freely combine loops and one-shots with melodic phrases including your own MIDI sequences and imported audio recordings. Compose and trigger clips, rearrange, re-sample, record automation, and more.

A portable studio full of vintage gear.
The MC-101 has the Roland sounds that have defined electronic and dance genres for over forty years. Legendary instruments like the TR-808, TR-909, JUNO-106, and SH-101 are all here, ready to replicate classic sounds or be combined, tweaked, and processed into entirely new sounds.

Expandable sounds, patterns, and phrases.
Compose from a curated collection of built-in beats, phrases, and sounds, all expertly crafted by renowned artists and sound designers. And the MC-101 is part of an expandable platform. So, when you're ready for more, or want to explore new genres and styles, you can easily change things up by adding new content.

Play your own custom audio in perfect sync.
Each track contains a powerful sample player so you can import your own custom sounds. Use your own voice, or the sound of your favourite instrument from your computer. Imported audio can sync with the MC-101's tempo or be processed with the arsenal of built-in effects and hands-on controls.

Produce tracks ready to stream or perform.
With the MC-101's wide range of pro effects, your music sounds polished and fully produced. Each track has independent effects processors with a huge number of variations. Lush chorus brings depth to pads and other synth sounds. Delays and reverbs create evocative spaces and add movement to delicate sequences. Overdrive, distortion, and amp simulation inject grit and intensity into synths, guitars, drums and more. You can also run your entire mix through master effects like filters, bit-crushers, and a master bus compressor that glues it all together with punch and clarity.

Produce and share with the world. With a single cable.
When you're ready to further develop your tracks, or share your creations with friends and fans, simply connect the MC-101 to your computer with a single USB cable. It has advanced USB audio interface capabilities and can record an entire mix or all four parts to individual tracks in your DAW. Or sample sounds from your DAW to capture backing tracks, stems, or the sound of a favorite software synth for your next live show.

Specifications

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: 4 (varies according to the available number of Looper track)

Tracks: 4 tracks

Clips: 64 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
*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 bits, 24 bits (mono, stereo)
Looper Sample (as a clip of Looper track): available by importing from SD CARD
*Available total time for Looper Sample: Approx. 60 sec (44.1 kHz)
*Available format of Looper Sample: WAV 44.1 kHz/16 bits, 24 bits, 32 bits, 32 bits 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: 64 steps
*Available on a Tone or Drum Kit Track

Looper: Time Stretch, Pitch Shift
*Available on a Looper Track

Display: 16 characters, 2 lines LCD (backlit)

External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for saving Project Data and Audio Data

Connectors
PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
OUT(L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB B type (Audio, MIDI)

Power Supply
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Obtained via USB port (USB bus power)

Current Draw: 500 mA

Expected battery life under continuous use
• Alkaline battery (AA, LR6): Approx. 3 hours
• Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6): Approx. 4.5 hours
*This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.

Dimensions (W x D x H): 224 x 132 x 61 mm (8-13/16 x 5-3/16 x 2-7/16 inches)

Weight (including batteries): 716 g (1 lb 9 oz)

Accessories
- Owner's manual
- Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
- SD Card (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)
- SD Card Protector (installed in the product when shipped from the factory)

Way Too Expensive For What You're Getting1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSurrey, British Columbia
Firstly, I really wanted to like this piece of gear. Like anyone reading this, I wanted to step away from the computer and sketch some beats on the fly. Let's start with the good: - Very light and portable - Tons of presets The bad: - Agonizing workflow - Feels cheap - Most of the sounds are useless unless you're specifically looking for 80's cheese - No undo button (this is probably the worst offender) - USB cable to power the device is NOT included Anyways, for just shy of $800 CAD, I expected a lot more.
Posted by Scott on Apr 29, 2021
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it isnt a finished product5 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
Pro + up to 128 steps + up to 128 voices + 4 tracks but 16 clips per track (with the possibility of diffrent sounds per clip ) + quantization on, off + a reduced sort of ableton live workflow + tons of effects in a solid quality + portabel size + battery + steprecording and a sort of reduced "elektron" trig-Conditions and parameter locks but really limited Kontra - to many second assignment buttons, in some points unnecessary complicated - tone editing is a joke (only pitch, cutoff, adsr) no synth editing options, Its not a synth groovebox its more a preset modul) artificially limited synth from mc 707 (jv 1080) - same with lfo routing options (not even envelope of cutoff) - timestretching isnt good in soundquality - plastik - no lithium ion akku (its 2020 !) - trig-Conditions and parameter locks are really limited Come on roland it isnt a finished product !
Posted by Daniel on Jan 25, 2020
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Very fun toy with very pro applications!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I love this thing! At first it seems so limited, with it's 4 tracks, but you'd be amazed at how much you can do with them, especially when it lets you change sounds from pattern to pattern, or bounce things down to sampler tracks. It's loaded with sounds. TBH they sound a little thin a the mix with analog or va sounds, but you can really bring them to life with creative use of the effects and stuff. The beats are great too though! I haven't imported any phrase samples into it yet, but I'm looking forward to trying that out. For me it's best use is as a pattern sequencer for my analog gear. Best paired with an Arturia Keystep for a comprehensive portable solution. Runs off usb power or batteries, or you can plug the usb into a charge bank and it'll run off that too.
Posted by Dean on Jan 6, 2020
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Get Your Groove On2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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This little box packs a punch. It has a ton of great sounds pre-loaded. The workflow is simple and intuitive. I detest menu diving and Roland has somehow taken the annoying out of that. YES there are a ton of “SHIFT” functions, but they make sense for the most part. I recommend to the beginner and the seasoned pro.
Posted by Leo on Nov 3, 2019
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