MATRIXSYNTH: FAT Freebass FB383 & MAM FB33

Monday, January 29, 2018

FAT Freebass FB383 & MAM FB33


Freebass FB-383 via this auction

MAM FB33 via this auction

"Famous German made TB303 clone sold under different names:
MAM MB33
Freebass FB-383

This is the Orange and silver version, I also have the older black version for sale. Perfect condition.

The MB 33 is a rack-mounted TB-303 clone released in the mid-nineties by German synth maker MAM (Music And More). It's basically identical to the Freebass 383 (which had a different front-panel design). It is a true analog monophonic bass synthesizer with MIDI implementation so you can create 303-like bass lines from your sequencer. Its single VCO offers the same two basic waveforms as the TB-303: a sawtooth and square wave. But in the MB 33 they can be mixed together for a more interesting tone than the 303 could originally produce.

Additional knobs control the VCO tuning, filter frequency cutoff, resonance, envelope mod amount, envelope decay time and accent intensity - the same controls found on the TB-303! The 24dB lowpass filter can also produce the characteristic sound of the 18 dB filter used in the original 303. There's also an auto-slide function (4 octave range) for producing those 303-style slides and a separate input for filtering external signals through it. Unfortunately there is no program storage."

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