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The exhilarating 3.0 software really adds some spectacular dimensions. If you already own an MV-8000, ver3.0 can be downloaded FREE at Roland's website. Some version 3.0 features include the addition of pattern and drum grid composing modes ? giving you the best of both worlds. There is also a built-in analog modeling synth-bass and "Pix Jam," an innovative feature that lets you load and trigger your own custom graphics. The MV-8000 sports ultra-intuitive operation via external VGA and mouse, with an enhanced piano roll editor and visual editing of waveforms in the audio tracks.
Producers have enjoyed the MV-8000's linear style of recording, but now they get the best of both worlds with the addition of pattern-based composing. Layer up to 64 tracks ?drum machine-style? within each pattern, and chain up to 500 patterns together per project using the pads or via step writing. Layer up to 128 linear tracks with your patterns if you?d like. It's a composer's dream machine ?pattern-style writing for the main grooves (drum machine-like) and linear style for the instruments and audio tracks (? la software). And don?t overlook the handy Drum-Grid editor, which can be used to create beats in a familiar grid/matrix window.
A bonus feature unique to the MV-8000 is its new internal analog-modeled bass synthesizer, which can be played from the MV's own trigger pads or via MIDI. With its two fat oscillators, multimode resonant filter, LFO, envelope follower, ring and cross modulation, delay, chorus, portamento, and more, this synth can inject serious style and spice into your productions.
Pix Jam lets you load your own BMP/JPGs files into the MV-8000 and ?play? them back on an external VGA monitor from the MV's pads, or sequence the graphics. Audio meets graphics for the utmost in expressive realtime performance!
While there are other hardware studios on the market, none can compete with the MV-8000's ability to quickly turn raw samples into song. With up to 101 minutes of sampling and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats, the MV-8000 offers unlimited possibilities. And sequencing is easy, thanks to 16 velocity-sensitive pads and a graphic LCD interface. Users can record up to 128 MIDI and eight audio tracks, apply effects and burn a CD?making the MV-8000 the first Roland product capable of handling every part of the production process. Thanks to the onboard CD-RW drive, producers can create entire songs armed with only an MV-8000 and their favorite CDs. The sampler can load sample libraries ranging from Roland and Akai to .WAV and ACID formats-?all with just a few simple commands. Then it's just a matter of tapping in some beats, arranging the song and adding effects before burning it all to an audio CD.
The MV-8000's sequencer section boasts total integration of audio and MIDI and up to 136 tracks of recording. These include 128 MIDI tracks (with 32-channel operation) and eight stereo audio tracks (16 mono) that can be used like a linear recorder. Program beats on the MIDI tracks and combine them with freestyle vocals or acoustic instruments on the audio tracks, including the ability to ?punch in? at any time. The innovativ