Roland updates its grooveboxes the MC-101, MC-707 and the VERSELAB MV-1 with firmware 1.8 incl. undo/redo, and clip inter-compatibility.
With the MC-101, MC-707, and VERSELAB MV-1, Roland currently has two very extensive groove boxes on the market. A hardware groovebox for each workflow. The MC-101 for mobile, couch musicians, the MC-707 for musicians who want the full range, and the VERSELAB MV-1 for electronic musicians with a preference for vocals.
All three grooveboxes are based on the ZEN Core Engine. Today’s news shows that this is the case. There is a new firmware 1.8 for all three hardware units, with many new features in common.
Firmware 1.8 Common Features
Firmware 1.8 is a free update for all three devices. Each device will get some new features that exist in all three devices. Starting with a new function that allows you to import new MC and MV production packs that are available to download from Roland Cloud. These are new collections of clips and sample-based tones designed by Wave Alchemy. Each pack contains 48 custom tones, 50-plus drum one-shots, 16 kits, and 64 clips organized in groups of four for building 16 custom scenes.
Then, the new firmware brings undo /redo support, and clip import, export, and save functionalities. This includes clip compatibility between the MC-707, MC-101, and VERSELAB MV-1. So you can load clips straight from an SD card, then save and share between units or with other MC and VERSELAB users.
It also adds three brand-new MFX to polish your sounds including an exciter, phonograph, and JD Multi. You can also now record MIDI CC messages from external MIDI devices to the motion engine. Users of the three units also benefit from new shortcut types. But there are also differences.
Roland MC-101/MC-707 Firmware 1.8 Update
The MC-101 now hosts a partial editor allowing you to create compelling tones directly from your MC-101 hardware. That’s a great new function and turns the MC-101 is a full-featured groovebox. The developers also added a new multitrack mode to the pad note of the MC-707. And both the MC-101 and MC-707 now offer key and scale settings for projects.
VERSELAB MV-1 Firmware 1.8 Update
There are also VERSELAB MV-1 exclusive new features. For example, the new firmware introduces panning for the vocal takes or a function to apply a fade-out during mixdown. Further, the devs added new parameters to the motion designer, new virtual controls to the motion, and a new random tone designer.
Lastly, you can now import SMF files, uses a new auto-channel function, and benefit from new parameters in the “track setting” in the looper tracks.
Again nice updates that Roland delivers here for their existing grooveboxes. Even after a few years on the market.
The new firmware 1.8 for the MC-101, MC-707, and VERSELAB MV-1 is available now as a free download.
More information here: Roland
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