How does a Roland MC-505 stack up against a TR-808?
February 22, 2008 10:01 AM Subscribe
Does the Roland MC-505 produce TR-808 sounds using synthesis or samples? Is there anything that the TR-808 does that the MC-505 wont?
posted by neilkod to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a hobbyist, passionate about electro, techno, and bass music(and the sub-genres). I've played around with the reason demo and have had pretty decent results with redrum and an 808 patch. I am, however, itching to try the real thing.
I'm seeing inexpensive MC-505s pop up on local gear forums. They claim to have the abilities of a TR-808 but do they have the sound and the legendary timing? I'd like the sounds to be generated, rather than played-back samples.
Or would I be better off sticking with a full version of Reason? I already have a small 25-Key O2 midi controller that has a couple of knobs. I can't use ReBirth because I'm on an Intel Mac and I don't have a VMWare+XP license.
I'm not looking to quit my day job by any means. I am fascinated with the production of electronic music; I can lose myself in the Reason demo for hours.
Of course, a real 808 is out of my budget; some of these used 505s are not. I haven't really looked around for other machines in the Groovebox series.