Roland has announced the imminent release of a new mobile groovebox. The $500 MC-101 offers 4 tracks of DAWless jamming potential, for both audio and MIDI sequencing. For $1000 you can get 8 tracks in the bigger MC-707. Roland also introduced a new mini-Juno in their Boutique line.

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The Roland MC-101 GROOVEBOX combines premium-quality synthesizer and drum sounds, samples, patterns and effects in a compact four-track sequencer that’s go-everywhere portable. Create whenever, and wherever, inspiration strikes with this pocket production studio and add performance-ready tracks to your DAWless or compact synthesizer setup.

The MC-101 has a four-track sequencer optimized for beatmakers, producers and mobile music makers creating today's electronic and dance-oriented music. You can use the 16 ultra-sensitive RGB pads to create drum, bass, and synthesizer patterns and create your own original music. It's your musical playground, where you can freely combine loops and one-shots with melodic phrases including your own imported audio recordings and MIDI sequences. Compose and trigger clips, rearrange, re-sample, record your knob movements, and more.

On top of that, add 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.

With the MC-101's massive effects palette, your music sounds polished and fully-produced. Each track has independent effects processors with a huge number of variations. The 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 add grit and intensity to 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.

Music and performance by bad snacks:

For more details on the MC-101:

The Roland GROOVEBOX Series also features the production hub, the Roland MC-707:
➤ MC-707 VIDEO:

GrainBastard - U284

MATRIXSYNTH found new YouTuber Chris Gilkes getting some crazy sounds out of his hardware with Borderlands and Blackhole.

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OP-1, MD-SPS1, 0-Coast, Borderlands, Eventide Blackhole Reverb iOS

Live Jam - more at

Thanks for listening/watching.

Gary P Hayes - Peggy Sue Got a Volca Coffee

YouTuber Gary P Hayes posted the first Volca jam to really impress me in a while! It is amazing how many great sounds he has coming out of these tiny devices.

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Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes in one take with no further processing
on Korg #VolcaModular #VolcaKeys #VolcaBass
& Digitech RP50 effects pedal (no other processing)

XTONE PRO 192K Professional Mobile Audio Interface

David Wallimann confirms my decision to remove my earrings 20 years ago. He also talks about guitar things, including an impressive interface that costs less than you might expect. There's an even cheaper model too.

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►►Find out more about the XTONE Pro at

Specifically designed for software effects
192KHz Ultra-HD audio and 114db high dynamic range
XSPEED technology brings ultra-low latency
6 definable midi foot switches, expression pedal input
Guitar-specific input interface ensures a pure and clear sound
Support iOS, PC, Mac, and can be powered directly by them
Can be used for professional recording and music production
Studio-grade 50dB high-quality microphone preamp
48V phantom power
Zero-latency hardware monitor
MIDI IN/OUT interface
For guitar, bass, vocals, synthesizers
For rehearsal, bar, stage, recording
Include the redeem code of unlocking BIAS FX Essential pack



OP-Z Sampling an iPhone

YouTuber Ollie Loops has a clever name, and a tutorial on how you can sample anything from your iPhone into an OP-Z!

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In this video, we show you how to sample an Apple iPhone on the Teenage Engineering OP-Z Portable Synthesizer. With the addition of sampling on the OP-Z, a convenient way to sample audio clips is from an iPhone, since there is a high chance you may already have one in your pocket. We walk you through how to sample from an iPhone and share other helpful information. We also talk about the Apple Camera Adapter that is used to sample from an iPhone.

Note: An iPhone 8 Plus was used in this video, but you should be able to use any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector.

OP-Z Sampling Explained:

OP-Z Review:

Beat Fighter: OP-Z vs OP-1:

We have no affiliation with Apple or Teenage Engineering. This is not an ad, but an informative video about how the sample from an iPhone on the OP-Z.


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