Now having let the genie out of the bottle, there’s no saying where Roland will turn next with reboots and reissues. But some people are evidently not content to wait. So, via Twitter via Facebook, we see this lovely image of the 1998 Roland MC-505 groovebox, reimagined for people who love that black-with-Matrixsynth green-trim look of the new AIRAs.

And… well, it’s kind of hilarious. It definitely cleans up the legibility of the labels.

aira505

Now, the MC-505 isn’t quite what you’d call a “classic” or “legendary.” But don’t scoff: I know some folks who really love this 90s beast, proof there’s basically a home for anything you put on eBay.

When I start this headline with “someone…,” I’m not just aping viral headline style, either. I have no idea who did this.

I’m hoping they read CDM. Please, come forward.

Updated: that was quick.

Mark Kunoff writes in comments:

This image appeared this morning on my “Groovebox Society” Facebook page. After much excitement and investigation, it turns out owner Andy Graham uploaded his Aira-inspired art layout to Styleflips [http://www.styleflip.com/] to make this happen. He also shared that this will go up on “on ebay in a few days”. Being a fan of all things “groovebox”, I was delighted to see this and would love to see Roland re-release this beast – improving on some of it’s previous limitations of course. πŸ˜‰
Helloooooooo Roland! πŸ˜‰
‘Groovebox Society’ facebook group [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/712834982141849/ ]

A groovebox society is a great society. Joining up.

Anyway, I love the 90s. Hillary Clinton’s back, and so is the MC-505?

  • But… why?!

    • — not?

      • Surely, the Aira style is – as many other things – a matter of taste. And it doesn’t fit mine. That being said, the customized looks of these devices is always fun to look at. I happen to drool over Customsynth’s works every once in a while – just because there is so much awesome work done: https://www.flickr.com/photos/customsynth/

  • Mark Kunoff

    This image appeared this morning on my “Groovebox Society” Facebook page. After much excitement and investigation, it turns out owner Andy Graham uploaded his Aira-inspired art layout to Styleflips [http://www.styleflip.com/] to make this happen. He also shared that this will go up on “on ebay in a few days”. Being a fan of all things “groovebox”, I was delighted to see this and would love to see Roland re-release this beast – improving on some of it’s previous limitations of course. πŸ˜‰

    Helloooooooo Roland! πŸ˜‰

    ‘Groovebox Society’ facebook group [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/712834982141849/ ]

    • Awesome. Updated. πŸ™‚ And… uh, sorry for upping the eBay price (sorry to everyone except Andy, that is!)

  • I had to do it me and Mr mixer fixer , the machine has been stripped down cleaned ,3 pots 2 switchs a slider replaced and the power supply recapped. It came to me in a bad way, loads of hum and buzz and a missing filter pot.
    i have went to the ends of the earth to find the parts because a refuse to pay the prices from usa. but a found them. Rave on. Grame’o’phone music Carlisle.

  • MC-505 luv
  • I had quite a lot of fun with the MC-505 back in the day. These custom skins look lovely!

  • Mark Kunoff

    Peter – thanks so much for the shout out to our humble group. Big plans brewing beyond the facebook group to be revealed in 2017. πŸ˜‰

  • undgnd-tv

    Brilliant.
    My first piece of hardware was an MC-303.
    A friend and I bought one at the same time and got a pretty decent discount.

  • Alexander E. Wahl

    Should have given the TR-8 the look of the 505 instead. AIRA design is painful.

  • Marcus Milter

    Like the black backing reminds of my jjos mpc 2500 in a slight way.Still have my last release m/b and screen 505 brand spanking in a custom made roadcase plus 2 standard working ones and 3 or 4 of ebay i kept for parts yeah i still lovem and the 307,909 even the 808 then again i am a bit of a hoarder with retro gear.

    • yea man me 2 av got a 307 , but its needing sorted aswell none of the switchs work any more. all never sell it cost me 799 back in 2002 a think, it was from GAK aswell as a ef 303 a still use it its a really good tool for crazy sound production midi wise that is, they need to reissue that machine

  • Richard Torrie

    Looks great in Black & Black and Red as below. Love this instrument, would never sell mine either.
    Regards

  • The Roland MC-505 is still alive that’s for sure. Will it be considered a true classic some day?

    Ps check out the MC-505 in action in this new EP:

    https://youtu.be/deK-8o9FFEg