Roland MC-101 Groovebox
Roland’s rich experience with making grooveboxes is clear in the MC101. For something so small, it has a lot of high end features that even more advanced users will appreciate. While the UI might take a little getting used to, once you have the muscle memory, you’ll be able to make complete, layered productions.
It would have been nice to see a little more on the sound design front, and there are a few practical issues (like battery life and headphone volume), but nothing that’s a deal breaker, or that can’t be solved with a little creativity. All this conspires to make the MC101 a very attractive proposition for the musician on the go.
- Highly portable
- Solid sound selection
- Sample friendly
- Advanced features for its size
- Battery life isn’t the best
- Slight learning curve at the beginning
- Sound design features are lacking