Published by Nig on 25 Sep 2020

MC707 V1.60

Another update for the MC-707 and 101:-)

[ Ver.1.60 ] SEP 2020
Additional Functions
Please refer to the “MC-707 Update” for detailed information in the [ Owner’s Manuals ].

Arpeggiator Function Added
USB-Related Functions Added (Generic Driver Function)
SCATTER Functions Added
Sound Pack/SVZ Drum Import Function Added
Functions Added to the Total Effect Compressor
Sequencer Edit Functions Added
Added Shortcuts

Loving the Arpeggiator and the random function does actually create some nice random patches:-)

Roland MC-707 Download Page

Roland MC-101 Download Site

Published by Nig on 26 Mar 2020

MC707 V1.30

Another lovely update for the 707 from Roland:-)

Roland MC707 Support Page

[ Ver.1.30 ] MAR 2020
Additional Functions
Please refer to the “MC-707 Update” for detailed information in the [ Owner’s Manuals ].

Clip Chain Function Added
MIDI Input/Output Functions Added
Auto Channel Function Added
Audio Insert Function Added
Note Repeat Function Added
SMF Import Function Added
Display Method Added for Clip Mode
Sample Edit Function Added
Function Added to Edit WAV File Before Loading
Step LFO Editor Added
Note Utility Functions Added
Motion Drawing Function Added

Loving the Clip Chain, but the ability to change the CC numbers for the FILTER, MOD and FX knobs is really nice to see too:-)

Published by Nig on 19 Mar 2020

MC-707? Meet the Alesis Quadrasynth!

The Alesis Quadrasynth was my first (and only TBF) 76 key synth which went astray in a mate’s attic for about 20 years. About three months ago I got it back and it’s as good now as it was then, tho’ I must admit I never knew its filter didn’t have resonance. If I’d realized that back then I probably would never bought the thing, but you know, it was the early 90s and digital was everywhere!

Anyway, I wondered about putting some sounds on the MC-707 from it, so I sampled the drum kits and some patches ending up with a project containing as many as I could fit in.

In the project file, there are two drum tracks with the drum samples, two drum tracks with the patches (sampled C0 thru’ C7) applied across the pads and four tone tracks of patches made with the synth samples. The QS has only eight drum kits by default, so the drum tracks have four clips of each drum set. The patches are a combination of some of my own as well as some factory patches.

In addition to the project file, all the samples used on the MC-707, plus a few extra that I couldn’t fit in the MC’s memory, are in the download so you can use these without loading up the project.

Download HERE.

Published by Nig on 03 Mar 2020

As it’s 303 Day….

I created a short three-step guide to programming the Behringer TD-3. Being a clone of the Roland TB-303, it has the same method of programming and this has long had a reputation of being dumb-foundingly complicated. In reality it’s not really that bad – first input the notes and then set the timing of those notes by specifying whether a whole note is played, whether a note is tied or if there is a rest. In addition each note can be transposed up or down an octave, have an accent or a slide.

The guide shows these stages as three separate shots of the keyboard and what buttons are needed to apply the relevant functions –

1. Notes – Press PITCH MODE and enter notes on the keyboard
2. Transposing – Press PITCH MODE again to reset the sequencer, then press WRITE/NEXT to advance thru the sequencer. Hold WRITE/NEXT to apply transpose, accent and/or slide. The notes input in 1. will light up.
3. Timing – Press TIME MODE and apply note, tie or rest to each step in the sequence. When the last step is completed the TD-3 returns to NORMAL mode

Hope it helps.

Download here

Note also that this guide can also apply to the original TB-303 and the Roland boutique TB-03 (if in OG mode).

Published by Nig on 10 Dec 2019

MC-707 Template Project

The 1.20 software for the MC-707 introduced some extra MDI functionality so the knobs now can transmit CC messages but. by default it’s switched off. I was getting a bit fed up having to go in and enable it for every new track, so I created a template project, with eight tracks created and their MIDI settings turned on*. In addition, all the tracks have their Sound Source set to CLIP, giving all possible 128 clips their own individual sounds or drum kits.

Tracks 1 and 2 are Drum Tracks, 3-7 are Tone Tracks and 8 is a Looper. There are no clips created so you have a blank canvas to play with.

*The MIDI settings for each track are as follows:

Tx MIDI Control Change ON
Tx MIDI Program Change OFF

Download HERE.

Published by Nig on 04 Dec 2019

MC-707/101 Version 1.20

Huge update for the MC Grooveboxes adds sampling, MIDI control, Chord Designer and SD Card folders:-)



Published by Nig on 04 Nov 2019

MC707 Patches

With the number of patches that come as standard with the 707, you might not think you need anymore, but JIC you do, here are 128 contained in one project file.

These are all made using just VCA oscillators, with the odd PCM sample used where needed.

Just upload this file to the ROLAND/GROOVEBOX/PROJECTS folder on your MC707 and load the AI-MC707-PATCH01 project.

Download HERE.

Published by Nig on 03 Dec 2018

Roland Aira Microsite

Nice that Roland continue to add content and updates to this, with some newly added System-8 patches and effects for the VT-4, but what has piqued ny interest is the new option to send patches to the System-8 direct from the site rather than having to transfer them to an SD card. This means that it would appear that the System-8 now supports Sysex, one thing that it seemed to have lacked.

Now, if only they would release the specs for it, then we could start on the road to building a librarian, or setups for the BCR200 and other controllers.

Roland Aira Microsite.

Published by Nig on 30 Nov 2018

Once Upon a Time

In a previous life I wrote a manual for the Cheetah SX-16 sampler, which came up in a post on Reddit recently and following a request for a copy, I dug out an old archive of it and put it in a pdf.

If anyone still has one of these beasts, or you pick one up from E-Bay, hopefully you’ll find it of use:-)

Download here

It’s funny how, 25 years on, I’m still trying to improve on manufacturers’ documentation, tho’ whether I’m actually achieving that is a different matter!

Published by Nig on 08 Nov 2018

System-8 Patches

I’ve added a page for some System-8 patches I’ve been putting together. Whilst waiting for my Boog to arrive, I thought I’d try porting some patches from it to the System-8 so there’s two lots of patches derived from patches designed for the original Mood Minimoog. There’s a set of patches created just using the System-8’s FM oscillators and a set where I’ve used different combos of oscillators and filters.

These can be downloaded as individual bank files, or as one complete file containing all the banks.


System-8 Patches

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