Roland VERSELAB MV-1, All-In-One Zen-Core Powered Groovebox & Workstation

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Roland expands its Zen-Core product portfolio with the VERSELAB MV-1, a new all-in-one zen-core and battery-powered groovebox and workstation. 

The Roland Zen Core Engine is prominently represented in many new products. The MC-101, MC-707, Jupiter X / Xm, Fantom, and more. One advantage of this architecture is that sounds are inter-compatible. This engine has also major plus points for Roland.

For every product, they have already a basis on which the product is developed. This means that the developers can maintain and update the device more easily. Today there was another request for the Zen Core Engine. VERSELAB MV-1 is a compact, portable all-in-one workstation/groovebox powered by a mobile battery.



Unlike the MC-707, Roland tries not to go so deep with the VERSELAB MV-1 but focuses the entire design on quick and inspiring workflows. They have developed a new simplified system that has a fluid workflow says, Roland. It features a drum and melodic step-sequencing section, creative songwriting tools as well as effects for audio and vocals.

Roland’s mission is easy to recognize here: a groovebox/workstation that offers all the basic electronic music production needs plus packed in a portable, affordable product. “VERSELAB has everything you need to make radio-ready-tracks without all the complications, so you can focus on what matters most—your music,” says, Roland. It has the ZEN-Core engine built-in and comes with 3000 ready-to-use sounds. This can be expanded via the Roland Cloud library.

Roland Verselab

It has 4 drum tracks, three of them are for kick, snare, & hi-hat. The last one lets you choose from a wide range of full kits programmable with the 4×4 pads. There is also a melodic part that offers a bass track, two instrument tracks, and an audio track for vocals. On the backside, VERSELAB MV-1 has a stereo input/output, MIDI in/out as well as an SD card slot.

There is a big difference on the back to the MC-707. VERSELAB MV-1 has an XLR microphone input that allows musicians to record vocals in the device. It comes with additional effects like auto-pitch, harmonizer, doubler, and more. Just plug in a mic, dial in the sound, and go


  • Finish complete songs with inspiring hands-on workflow
  • Record vocals with modern effects like Auto-Pitch, Harmonizer, and Doubler
  • Curated collection of over 3000 sounds for modern styles from the makers of the TR-808
  • 4×4 pads and TR-REC step sequencer for drums, basslines, and melodic parts
  • Songwriting tools and generators get you started and keep you flowing
  • Interface with your smartphone, tablet, or computer for easy file transfer
  • Plug-and-play integration with Roland Zenbeats app expands your production capabilities*
  • High-quality mixing and mastering effects for pro results
  • Make music on the move with power via a mobile battery or USB
  • Built-in mic and XLR mic input with phantom power
  • Stereo ¼-inch I/O, dual headphones jacks, and MIDI I/O

Roland Verselab MV-1 ipad

Roland Zenbeats Integration

With expanding plug-and-play Zenbeats integration, you can connect VERSELAB to your computer, tablet, or smartphone for another level of production capability. Mix your VERSELAB songs or bounce tracks in Zenbeats, use plug-in instruments and effects, and much more via a simple USB connection.

At first glance an interesting new groove box, especially for electronic musicians who also want to work with vocals. The intuitive operation could be a strong point against the MC-707. Faster workflow, composing songs on the go but doing without deeper features and sounds. A good description of the new Roland release. The MC-707/101 is on the one hand a feature-rich standalone groove box that doesn’t skimp on features. On the other hand, the VERSALABS is an all-in-one workstation for everyone for melodies, beats, and vocals

Roland Verselab MV-1 is available now for pre-order for 679€.

More information here: Roland 

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  1. I can’t get excited by modern Roland devices. They have a cheap plastic toy quality to them and the menu diving annoys me.

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