Production Studio

MV-8800: Production Studio

A New Integrated-Studio Standard



Since 2003, Roland’s MV-8000 has been a coveted centerpiece for many of the world’s greatest hip-hop and R&B producers. With its powerful hands-on features, and its ability to incorporate a VGA monitor and mouse, it brought the best of the hardware- and software- based production worlds together. Today, Roland sets a new standard in production power and flexibility with the MV-8800.

  • Complete production solution, from beat creation and multitrack recording to mixing, mastering and CD burning
  • Tight integration of drum machine-style pattern recording and DAW-style linear recording
  • Realtime control of audio pitch and time, groove quantize, and pattern/song arrangements — great for both studio and stage
  • World-class sound library pre-installed on the internal hard drive
  • Legendary Roland instrument and effects models onboard, including TR-808, TR-909, SRV reverb, SDD-320 Chorus, SBF-325 Flanger, Boss BF-2 and HF-2, and RE-201 Space Echo
  • Three MIDI ports (IN x 1, OUT x 2) for connecting external MIDI devices
  • Color LCD with icon-oriented interface
  • Accepts external VGA monitor (optional) and optical mouse

Synthesis, Sampling, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
The MV-8800 is a fully equipped sampler and synthesizer with parameters that can be edited and automated with the assignable sliders and/or with a VGA monitor and mouse (VGA monitor optional, mouse included). It’s also an advanced multitrack recorder equipped with an automated 24-channel stereo mixer and mega effects processor. Mastering tools are provided as well, including a parametric mastering EQ, enhancer, expander, multiband compressor, mastering limiter and soft-clip algorithm with output dithering.

Sound Library Onboard
Create your own sounds or load up to 128 instruments or drum kits at once from the MV-formatted sound library that’s preinstalled on the hard drive. Newly created drum kits are provided, including a special collection of 16 vintage drum machines such as the legendary Roland TR-808 and TR-909. Acoustic and electric pianos, strings, guitars, horns, synth basses and other essential instruments are also included.

Amazing Pitch & Time Control
Load hundreds of loops, hits, or vocal phrases at once, all with realtime BPM matching. Just tap the tempo, and all the samples lock to your new tempo! You can match the pitches of melodic phrases just as easily. Create loop-based tracks on the fly, all locked together in perfect pitch and time sync.

Vintage & Modern Effects
An incredible lineup of modern and vintage effects is built into the MV-8800, including models of classic Roland SRV reverbs, SDD-320 Chorus, SBF-325 Flanger, Boss BF-2 and HF-2 pedals, and the legendary RE-201 Space Echo. The MV-8800’s multi-effects processor includes an Analog Modeling Bass that turns the MFX engine into a virtual SH-style bass synthesizer. All MFX knob tweaks can be automated as you mix.

Audio & Video



Sampler Section
Audio Data Format
16-bit linear
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Maximum Polyphony
64 voices
16 (Instruments) + 9 (Audio Tracks) + 1 (Audio Phrases)
Wave Memory (RAM)
DIMM: 1 slot (168 pins, PC100 CL = 2 or PC133 CL = 3, 3.3 V, 128 M bytes, 256 M bytes, 512 M bytes), 128 M bytes (standard), Expandable up to 512 M bytes (replacement to 512 M bytes DIMM is required.)
Maximum Sampling Time
with 128 M bytes DIMM (standard) mono: 24 min. approx. (stereo: 12 min. approx.) / with 512 M bytes DIMM (expanded) mono: 100 min. approx. (stereo: 50 min. approx.)
Multi-effects (MFX): 1 (25 types), Chorus: 1 (2 types), Reverb: 1 (4 types), Mastering Tool Kit: 1 (only in the Mastering Mode)
Sequencer Section
Song: MIDI tracks (1 MIDI channel per track): 128, Audio tracks: 8, Pattern track: 1, Tempo track: 1, Mute Control Track: 1 / Pattern: MIDI tracks (1 MIDI channel per track): 64, Audio track: 1, Mute Control Track: 1
480 TPQN
Note Capacity
approx. 150,000 notes
Song Length
9,999 measures
Recording Method
Event recording (Realtime/Step), Audio recording
Songs: 16, Patterns: 500, Patches: 16 (per Song), Partials: 96 (16 pads x 6 banks per Patch), Samples: 9,999, Audio Phrases: 512 (16 pads x 32 banks) / Patch Libraries: 128, MIDI Clips: 100, Multi-effects (MFX) Libraries: 144 (Preset: 44, User: 100), Chorus Libraries: 52 (Preset: 2, User: 50), Reverb Libraries: 54 (Preset: 4, User: 50), Mastering Tool Kit Libraries: 76 (Preset: 26, User: 50) / Still Images (Photos) for Pix Jam Function: 16
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24 bits, 64 times oversampling / DA Conversion: 24 bits, 128 times oversampling
Frequency Response
MIC/Line Inputs: 20 Hz--20 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
Nominal Input Level
MIC/Line Inputs: -50-- +14 dBu (maximum +26 dBu: balanced, maximum +20 dBu: unbalanced), Phono Inputs: -87-- -27 dBu
Input Impedance
MIC/Line Inputs: 40 k ohms, Phono Inputs: 50 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
+4 dBu (balanced)
Output Impedance
600 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
Master Outputs: 10 k ohms or greater, Headphones: 8--600 ohms
Residual Noise Level
-86 dBu or less (SENS: LINE, Phono Input Jacks: short-circuited, IHF-A Typ.)
Graphic 320 x 240 dots backlit LCD (Color)
16 Pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive
Effects Control Knobs: C1--C3, Mixer Sliders: 1--8
Hard Disk Drive
2.5 inches, 40 G bytes
CD-R/RW Drive
Built-in type: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
Phono Input Jacks: L, R (RCA phono type), MIC/Line Input Jacks: L, R (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Master Output Jacks: L, R (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Headphone Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), Digital Out Connector A (Coaxial type), Digital Out Connector B (Optical type), MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT A, OUT B, USB Connector (supports file transfer (mass storage class)), VGA Out Connector (HD DB-15 type), PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin mini DIN type), Foot Switch Jack (1/4 inch phone type), AC Inlet * When installed MV8-OP1 Audio I/O Expansion (option), Analog Multi Output Jacks: 1--6 (1/4 inch TRS phone type), Digital In Connector A (Coaxial type), Digital In Connector B (Optical type), R-BUS Connector (DB-25 type)
Power Supply
AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption
35 W
Operating Temperature
5--40 degrees Celsius / 41--104 degrees Fahrenheit
Owner's Manual, Screen Guide, Appendices, Booklet "Content Discs", Content Discs (CD-ROM), Mouse (PS/2), Mouse Pad, Power Cord, Short Pin
Audio I/O Expansion: MV8-OP1, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Pedal Switch: DP-2
File Format Compatibility
audio CD, .WAV/AIFF, ACIDized file, S-700 (Sample, Partial, Patch) , AKAI MPC2000 (Program file (.PGM), Sound file (.SND)), AKAI S1000/3000 (Program, Sample), SMF (format 0/1), Still Image (.BMP/JPG), MV-8000 Patch, MV-8000 Project (backup data)
From PC/Mac via USB
.WAV/AIFF, ACIDized file, AKAI MPC2000 (Program file (.PGM) , Sound file (.SND)), SMF (format 0/1), Still Image (.BMP/JPG), MV-8000 Patch, MV-8000 Project
audio CD
To PC/Mac via USB
MV-8800 Sample, Audio Phrase (in .WAV/AIFF), MV-8800 Song, Pattern (in SMF (format 1))
Size and Weight
480 mm
18-15/16 inches
482 mm
19 inches
136 mm
5-3/8 inches
9.0 kg
19 lbs. 14 oz.
(0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms)
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.



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