MATRIXSYNTH: Rare MAXIM MDS-500 5ch Analog Drum Synthesizer

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Rare MAXIM MDS-500 5ch Analog Drum Synthesizer


via this auction

The last one to be featured on the site was back in 2007.

"MAXIM MDS-500 SYNTHESIZER DRUMS is 5 channel Anolog drum Synth Module manufactured by MAXIM ELECTRONIC 1984 in Japan.

MAXIM was legendary small independent company making fine drum synth those days. the name MAXIM means "Devil Strange Death Nothing" by Japanese Kanji.

MAXIM MDS-500 was made very limited quantities those days by small company so i'ts very hard to find even in Japan these days!

MAXIM MDS-500's sound character is fat & warm analog synthesizer sound it has SSM2044 filter chip (used by many vintage analog synth) cool '80s electro drum sound!

MAXIM MDS-500 is 5 channel analog drum synth featuring STEREO EQUALIZER

MAXIM MDS-500 has 5 instruments channel (BASS DRUMS,SNARE DRUMS,HIGH TOM,LOW TOM,BASS TOM)
each channel has FACTORY sound (preset) and PLAYER sound (user editable)
player section (user editable) has 6 edit knob (NOISE,TONE,BEND,DECAY,BALANCE1,BALANCE2)
other knobs are TRIGGER,PANPOT,LEVEL and EFFECT ON/OFF selector,FACTORY/PLAYER selector
PAD INPUTS,CHANNEL OUTPUTS.

control section has 10 knob:
MIX LEVEL.LEFT LEVEL,RIGHT LEVEL,
EFFECTS LEVEL,EFFECTS PANPOT,(for outside effect)
LEFT EQ (LOW,HIGH),RIGHT EQ (LOW,HIGH)

HEADPHONE OUTPUT with Level knob,
POWER LED,FOOT SWITCH LED
POWER SWITCH,TOTAL OUTPUTS(MIX,LEFT,RIGHT)

back panel has EFFECT LOOP(SEND,RETURN),FOOT SWITCH(FACTORY1/PLAYER2),TRIGGER INPUTS.

MAXIM MDS-500 has no MIDI,you need trigger drum pad or drum machine with trigger output.
I checked it with trigger out from my TR-606 into MDS-500's PAD INPUT."

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