Roland MC-101 Groovebox

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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.

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Roland MC-101 review: Beats, bass and batteries
Roland's mini groovebox punches well above its weight.
James Trew
James TrewNovember 20, 2019

Pros

  • Highly portable
  • Solid sound selection
  • Sample friendly
  • Advanced features for its size

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t the best
  • Slight learning curve at the beginning
  • Sound design features are lacking
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