Roland MC 909
Sampling Groovebox

Based on an new generation XV synthesis engine with up to 272MB (using optional DIMMs) of sampling RAM, this groove-producers-oriented workstation features 800 new Patches, 64 Rhythm Sets and 693 all-new waveforms with SRX expansion; sequencing, onboard effects, mastering tools and an intuitive interface, a USB port for exchanging samples and sequences with a PC.

General Features
-Professional 64-voice workstation with new-generation XV synthesis, sampling, 16-track sequencer, effects and oversized graphic LCD
-16MB sample memory expandable up to 272MB using optional DIMMS, and SmartMedia storage for sample data
-Hundreds of new high-quality patterns, sounds and rhythm sets; expandable via SRX-Series wave expansion board
-Studio-quality effects including 24-bit reverb, 2 multi-effects processors, compression/EQ and mastering effects
-Built-in USB port for sample/Standard MIDI File transfer and User data backup
-S/PDIF digital I/O, six analog outputs and stereo analog inputs
-Dual D Beams, Turntable Emulation and velocity-sensitive pads-&emdash;plus front-panel knobs, buttons and sliders to modify sounds and patterns
-New V-LINK function for integrating audio and video in performance

The Fusion of Audio and MIDI

Audio and MIDI can be integrated, synthesized and sequenced together within this MC 9009. Sample some phrases and sequence them alongside MIDI tracks as the MC-909 synchronizes your loops automatically. Samples can even be used as raw waveforms in the synthesizer section, opening up a world of sonic possibilities.
On the inside is a 4-Tone synthesis engine with stereo waveforms per Tone and 64-voice polyphony. MC-909 is as easy to program as an analog synth, thanks to a generous supply of knobs, buttons and sliders.

Flexible sampling with .WAV import

The MC-909 comes with 16MB of sample memory, expandable up to 272MB using optional DIMMs. Audio can be recorded via the stereo analog inputs or digitally using the S/PDIF input. You can even import .WAV/AIFF files from a computer via USB, making it possible to tap into the many free samples on the Internet. And when your track is complete, simply resample the output and export it back to a PC for CD burning or distribution on the World Wide Web.

Chop, stretch and loop

Once recorded, a sample can be processed in a variety of ways. Using Wave Edit, a waveform can be truncated and looped while viewing it graphically on the LCD. The Timestretch function, on the other hand, makes it possible to change a loop's tempo without affecting pitch. Or, if you prefer to create your own loops, simply "slice" up a loop with Chop. And just like Roland's professional samplers of years past, you can trigger samples chromatically from the velocity-sensitive pads or via an external MIDI keyboard.


The MC-909's sequencer has been improved in many ways. First, the resolution is now 480 TPQN . Patterns can also be up to 998 measures and the pads are now velocity-sensitive. A new version of Roland's popular TR recording method (similar to "Piano Roll" editing) makes it possible to view several notes at once using the pads and LCD. The MC-909's sequencer is fully compatible with Standard MIDI Files, allowing you to import and export SMF sequences via the built-in USB port.

Club-ready presets in the latest dance styles

Like all Grooveboxes, the MC-909 ships with hundreds of new patterns (programmed by professional producers) that fully. These grooves are guaranteed to rock the dance floor and include popular styles like UK hard-house, trance and the latest "broken-beat" hip-hop and R&B.


Separate reverb, compression and MFX.There's a 24-bit reverb that can be applied to each sequencer part, a new compressor, two independent multi-effects (MFX) for the new filter algorithms (including a 36dB filter and Step Filter) plus tempo-synced delay up to four seconds (MFX 2 only), phasing, distortion and other proprietary effects like Lo-Fi, Slicer and COSM Amp Modeling, new dedicated mastering effects: includes 3-band compression for creating "final" mixes.

Operation and Performance Control

The MC-909's new LCD screen makes it easy to locate sounds, sample audio, edit waveforms and sequence MIDI arrangements. Nearly all major parameters can be accessed via knobs, sliders and buttons. You also get two of Roland's most popular performance controllers: Turntable Emulation makes it possible to adjust pitch and time independently for MIDI or audio (thanks to some innovative realtime timestretching), while Twin D Beams use an infrared beam of light for triggering samples, tweaking filters and more.


The MC-909 ships with a dance-oriented ROM containing 800 new Patches, 72 Rhythm Sets and 693 all-new waveforms exclusively sampled and created for this workstation. These sounds include everything from house pianos and organs to edgy techno hoovers and stabs, plus favorites like the JP-8000 "SuperSaw" waveform and distorted TB-303 sounds.There are also plenty of basses, pads and sound effects perfect for any track, along with the most complete assortment of drum kits ever assembled.
New sounds can be added by installing an optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Board. And if you choose the SRX-05 "Supreme Dance" expansion, you'll get special Patches that can only be accessed on the MC-909.
Note-As the SRX-Series contains Patches for different "SRXpandable" models, the SRX sounds on the MC-909 may be different from other SRXpandable models. Also note that when using SRX-01/SRX-02, only waveform data is compatible.


While the MC-909 is designed to operate as a stand-alone workstation, it is also at home with USB-equipped PCs. This simple interface makes it possible to import or export .WAV/AIFF files with a computer, or even exchange Standard MIDI Files with software sequencers like Cubase, Logic and Performer.

Smart Media

Another feature is the MC-909's SmartMedia slot. These optional memory cards can be used to store User data such as samples, Patches, Rhythm Sets and patterns (all on ultra-thin cards) . SmartMedia cards are readily available at most electronics stores, making them a convenient and instant way to save and load data. And if you have a USB-equipped PC, you can read SmartMedia data right from the MC-909's USB port.


Many creative artists have discovered the benefits of using audio and video together. With the MC-909's V-LINK feature, you can integrate video with your Groovebox sequences. First, you could edit the video with the Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold separately) with software version 1.50 or later. Then use V-LINK to trigger clips, perform video effects and transitions from the MC-909's sequencer and front panel along with the music.

Parts: 16 (MAIN) + 16 (RPS)

Maximum Polyphony: 64 voices (include audio sample)

Wave ROM: 32 M Bytes (16-bit linear equivalent)

Waveforms: 693

Sampling audio format: 16bit linear


Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz

Sampling Time: Standard 16MB: mono. 180sec (stereo 90 sec) -maximum up to 272MB (standard 16MB + DIMM 256MB): mono. 51min (stereo 26min)

Loadable audio format: WAV/AIFF Save format of audio: WAV/AIFF

Preset Memory: Patches: 800 - Rhythm Sets: 72 - Patterns: 215 - Sample (Archived in system program for Preset Pattern 1- 5): 18 - Wave Expansion Board SRX Series: 1 slot

User Memory: Patches (internal): 256 - Patches (card): 256 - Rhythm Sets (internal): 128 - Rhythm Sets (card):128 - Patterns (internal): 200 - Patterns (card): 999 - Sample (internal): 2,000 - Sample (card): 7,000

Effects: MFX: MFX1: 38 Types, MFX2: 47 Types - Reverb: 4Types - Compressor: 1 Type (Compressor and 2-band EQ) - Mastering Effect: 1 Type (3-band Compressor)

Display: 1/4 VGA LCD - 7 segments LED, 4 characters (LED)

Sequencer Track: 16 + Tempo/Mute Control Track - Resolution: 480 per quarter note - Tempo: 5 - 300 - Song Number: Max. 50 songs - Arpeggio Sytle: Preset 128, - User 128 - RPS set: 50 - Pattern Set: 50 Note - Storage:Approx. 1,300,000 notes - Playable Software: Standard MIDI Files (Format 0/1) - Save: Standard MIDI Files (Format 1)

Expansion: Waveform Expansion: - SRX Wave Expansion Board: 1slot (64MB equivalent) - Sampling Memory expansion: DIMM: (128MB, 256MB)

Storage: Pattern, Patch, Sampling data storage: - Smart Media: (4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128MB (3.3V))


Rear panel

Connectors: LINE OUT: 6 - LINE IN: 2 - Phones: 1 - MIDI: IN, OUT - Digital audio interface: IN, OUT (Optical/Coaxial) - USB: 1 - AC IN: 1



491 (W) x 386 (D) x 123 (H) mm

Weight: 6.0kg

Accessories: Owner's Manual, AC Cables, Sample Data (Audio) CD

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advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 109

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