MATRIXSYNTH: MFB Kult Drum Machine

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

MFB Kult Drum Machine

via this auction

"This thing is NUTS. A little box filled with samples of some of the best drum machines of all time. It sounds gritty and awesome. Perfect for experimental house, techno, or indy dance type stuff.

I fired it up last night, and it sounds amazing. Drums can be triggered via midi, so it is great as an immediate sound palate.

The main rotary knob can be fussy sometimes when scrolling (going a couple digits over or under - probably just a dirty pot), but it was like that when I first got it, and it never bothered me enough to replace the rotary. Editing the sounds is pretty easy. You only have control of attack and release, level and pan position. Honestly, I never edit it at all, more set and forget and all the drums are always laid across my midi keyboard.

From MFB:

Since 1979 four rhythm machines were developed and produced: MFB-301, MFB-501, MFB-512 and MFB-612. In Germany these devices are very popular, since the inexpensive machines contained interesting rhythms for rock musicians. MFB digitized some of these sounds, and a multiple sounds of other far common rhythm machines. All these samples are packed into the memory of the MFB-KULT. The 192 sounds are divided in 16 sets, whereby each set contains 12 sounds. Since not every each rhythm machine had 12 sounds, a set consists of sounds of up to three rhythm machines. On a keyboard each set has one octave, so that a 4 octave keyboard or each MIDI channel has four sound sets.

Sounds from following drummachines and devices are available: Boss 55, Casio PT-68, Casio VL-1, CR-78, CR-8000, Drumtracks, Drumulator, El. Harmonix, Hohner, Korg DDD1, Korg-220, KPR-77, Linn 1, MFB-401, MFB-501, MFB-512, MFB-612, Pearl SC-40, Rhythm Ace, Simmons Clap, Simmons SDS, TR-606, TR-727, TR-808, TR-909 and Vermona."

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