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Roland AIRA MC-101 Groovebox


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A portable studio – produce anywhere

Produce and perform wherever you are. The MC-101 is a professional music tool that can be used everywhere and anywhere. Despite its small stature, the MC-101 packs a huge punch. You can design your own sounds, create drum patterns, and compose entire music pieces using this awesome tool. Not just a notepad for music ideas, the MC-101 is a fully fledge production beast.

It is a four-track sequencer which has been optimised to create electronic music, with a focus on pulsing bass and pumping kicks. You can explore a wide musical playground – combining loops, one-shots and synths to create massive sounding tracks.

Vintage gear wherever you are

The MC-101 features the sound engines from legendary Roland machines. Synthesizers like the TR-808, JUNO-106, and TR-909 are all here to give you the edge with production. Replicating these sounds accurately so they fit immaculately within your wider production. It’s a must-have machine for vintage synth heads.

All the sounds you need

Compose your music using a curated selection of beats, phrases, and sounds. They have been expertly crafted for your use and mean you can start making music as quickly as possible. If you want even more sounds then you can explore new genres and styles by adding new content through your computer.

You can even import your own custom sounds. This means your MC-101 can yield infinite musical results! You can even use your own voice or your favourite instrument. Imported audio can sync with the MC-101’s tempo which means it can fit with any track.

Effects, processors, and more

The MC-101 prides itself on its capabilities. It features a wide range of effects. From delays and reverbs to produce wide and expansive soundscapes and spaces. You can add crunchy overdrive, distortion, and amp simulation which injects a huge amount of grit and intensity into your synths, guitars, drums, and more. There are mastering tools too – you really can produce an entire track and get it ready for streaming and performance with the MC-101. Set your creativity free.


  • High-quality sound bank
  • Four track sequencing
  • Runs for about five hours on four AA batteries
  • Design your own sounds
  • Produce full tracks from anywhere
  • Combine loops and one-shots
  • TR-808, TR-909, JUNO-106, and SH-101 sound engines
  • Add new content via USB
  • An amazing array of effects


  • Sound Generator: ZEN-Core (Tone, Drum Kit)
  • Track Type: Tone, Drum Kit, Looper (Audio Loop)
  • Maximum Polyphony:
    • ZEN-Core: 128 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
    • LOOPER: 4 (varies according to the available number of Looper track)
  • Tracks: 4 tracks
  • Clips: 64 clips (16 clips per track)
  • Tones:
    • Preset Tone: 3,000 or greater
    • Preset Drum Kit: 80 or greater
    • User Sample (as a Tone or Drum Kit): available by importing form SD CARD
    • Looper Sample (as a clip of Looper track): available by importing from SD CARD
    • Available total time for User Sample: 12 minutes in mono, 6 minutes in stereo (44.1 kHz)
    • Available format of User Sample: WAV 32–96 kHz/16 bits, 24 bits (mono, stereo)
    • Available total time for Looper Sample: Approx. 60 sec (44.1 kHz)
    • Available format of Looper Sample: WAV 44.1 kHz/16 bits, 24 bits, 32 bits, 32 bits float (mono, stereo)
  • Effects:
    • Track Multi-Effects: 90 types
    • Track: EQ
    • Chorus/Delay: 9 types
    • Reverb: 7 types
    • Master Effects: 90 types
    • Master Compressor
    • Master EQ
  • Step Sequencer Maximum Step: 128 steps
  • Looper: Time Stretch, Pitch Shift
  • Display: 16 characters, 2 lines LCD (with backlit)
  • External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for saving Project Data and Audio Data
  • Connectors:
    • PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    • OUT(L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type, MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    • USB port: USB B type (Audio, MIDI)
  • Power Supply:
    • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    • Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
    • Obtained via USB port (USB bus power)
  • Current Draw:
    • 500 mA
    • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6): Approx. 3 hours
    • Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6): Approx. 4.5 hours
  • Dimensions:
    • 224(W) x 132(D) x 61(H) mm
    • 8-13/16 (W) x 5-3/16 (D) x 2-7/16 (H) inches
  • Weight (including batteries):
    • 716 g
    • 1 lb 9 oz

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