MATRIXSYNTH: MFB 522 - Analog Drum Computer

Sunday, December 03, 2017

MFB 522 - Analog Drum Computer

via this auction

"MFB-522 is an 808 clone but with its own character. Nice piece of kit, simple to use & in great condition.
Comes with power supply & manual.

The MFB-522 has a fully analogue sound engine that offers plenty of editing capabilities. It includes a step-sequencer with popular TR-style running-light-programming. Memory locations are available for 72 patterns as well as for 8 songs.

* Bass drum [Decay, Tune, Tone, Level] The bass drum can be programmed in two different lengths per pattern. It also offers and individual output.
* Snare drum [Noise, Tone, Level] – Rimshot [Level] Snare drum and rimshot cannot be played simultaneously. However, they can be used in the same pattern. Both instruments share the same individual output.
* Clap [Attack, Filter, Decay, Level] The parameters allow setting the width and fullness of the clap sound. This sound also has its proprietary individual output.
* Tom/Conga [Tune, Decay, Level] This sound source can be switched between Tom and Conga instruments. Sounds programming allows setting of three different pitches.
* Cowbell [Tune, Decay, Level] – Clave [Level] Tune for Cowbell controls a detune-effect, while the pitch is set commonly with Cymbal and Hihat. Cowbell and Clave cannot be played simultaneously. However, they can be used in the same pattern.
* Cymbal [Tone, Decay, Level] Tune sets the pitch for Cymbal, Cowbell and Hihat
* Open/Closed Hihat [Decay, Level]
The step-sequencer allows programming of 72 basic patterns plus 72 fill-ins. The latter being associated to the basic pattern memory location, resulting in a two-bar-pattern when using the fill-in. Patterns can be combined to eight songs that each hold a user-definable sequence of up to 64 patterns. In addition to the instruments, a global accent-track is available. When set, the corresponding step will be played with a higher or lower volume-setting in comparison to the standard level. The MFB-522’s sequencer offers three different steps of shuffling. A stereo output will carry all instruments minus those where individual outputs are in use (bass drum, snare drum/rimshot, claps and Hihat). Using the MIDI-In, drum-sounds can be played with a keyboard or external sequencer. Here, the sound sources act velocity sensitive. The MFB-522 can be synchronized to incoming MIDI-clock.

The MFB-522’s dimensions are: 175 x 125 x 38-72 mm."

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