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Roland announced a new type of workstation for modern dance music production--the MC-909 Sampling Groovebox. Combining an expandable synthesizer with a professional sampler, sequencer and velocity-sensitive pads, this revolutionary studio offers power, flexibility and ease of use. A USB port makes it possible to exchange samples and Standard MIDI Files with a PC, while onboard effects and mastering tools give producers the ability to create "finished" tracks.

The MC-909 is the first Groovebox with sampling and synthesis combined. Samples can be recorded from the analog or digital inputs, or imported via the USB port (.WAV/AIFF formats only). Once inside, waveforms can be edited and processed via Chop, Timestretch and other functions, resampled, and even used as synth waveforms. The synthesizer section boasts specs on par with Roland's flagship modules. This professional, stereo 4-Tone synthesis engine also comes with 800 new Patches and 64 Rhythm Sets, based on a new 32MB-equivalent wave ROM. New sounds can be added via an optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Board.

Samples can be sequenced and played back alongside MIDI tracks, and even synchronized automatically. The sequencer's timing has also been upped to 480 TPQN and pattern length can now be a whopping 998 measures. You can even import/export Standard MIDI Files via USB. And like all Grooveboxes, the MC-909 comes with hundreds of all-new patterns in the latest dance styles.

For effects, the MC-909 includes a 24-bit reverb processor, a dedicated compressor, and two multi-effects processors with 38 and 47 algorithms respectively. A new Mastering processor with 3-band compression makes it easy to create "finalized" tracks. And with the MC-909's large LCD screen, navigation is easy. In fact, nearly all major parameters can be directly accessed via dedicated knobs, sliders and buttons.

Performance controllers include a Turntable Emulation slider for independent manipulation of pitch and tempo (even with audio phrases) and Twin D-Beam Controllers. And for those who wish to integrate video, the MC-909's V-LINK features makes it possible to trigger video clips from the sequencer when used with the Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation (sold separately).

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