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Does anyone have any practical experience with any MFB gear

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« on: December 17, 2012, 10:07:11 »

Seriously tempted to save up for the 522. The thing sounds damn good and that is what i keep hearing but I also keep hearing that the built quality is really bad. Seeing as it would be my first bit of analogue equipment and i don't have that much money i am bit worried that if i get a bad one then it could be a big fail. Is it better to save up and get something a bit more solid? Just wondered if anyone has actually had much experience with any MFB stuff.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 10:42:42 »

Not owned or seen one, but they are a lot smaller than they appear I think.

I would save a bit more and go for a Vermona DRM1 if you want an analogue drum unit (no sequencer)

http://www.thomann.de/gb/vermona.html

But if you want something analogue, I would go for an analogue synth. Drums are a small part of the sound (to some extent I wouldn't part with my 808 or 606) But the joy of analogue or anything with knobs on is the hands on control. For 250 you wont find much available, but I would certainly recommend a Nord Lead 2 (not sure but about 400 these days) or JP 8080 (approx 350), neither a true analogue, but that really doesn't matter.

What are you using at the moment? Just ITB or do you have any other outboard stuff?
 
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 11:55:50 »

At the moment i am just using ableton with reason rewired into it. I dont get a lot of satisfaction from computerized sounds or the workflow of DAWs other than reason. I mostly use samples direct from analogue equipment and those are the sounds that i want to create but id rather be able do everything or as much as possible from analogue or hardware, its just a little expensive.

The DRM1 is a beast for sure but to it properly id want a sequencer, so the price would be bumped up pretty high, probably more that a tr707 off ebay, and only a bit more and i would enter into machinedrum, tempest territory which would surely eclipse the DRM1.

The MFB seems like a good entry level machine but there is the nagging worry that it will fall apart after a few months.

The Nord lead looks pretty good, but the price is high too. Ive been eyeing up the arturia anologue experience stuff and although it is just a VST controller. what you get for the money is pretty good and at the very least could be a good controller.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 14:55:29 »

You might want to consider a Korg ER1 as well. Not very expensive, not analogue, but capable of a number of percussive sounds with limited controls, but you can get some huge kicks out of it, reggae bleeps and a usable snare which is in the 909/808 vein.

There are lots of knobby synths out there, old and new and there is no need to pursue analogue exclusively. Alas there's little out there which is cheap! Novation's range, such as the KS Rack/keyboard (not too bad a price, four part synth) or Supernovas, or even their Basstation are worth considering.

A controller for VSTs might get you what you want, I have no problems with VST stuff, but I prefer to run a hybrid set up. I think with all VST production it can be a bit too clean for my taste.

I had a TR707 and frankly it is a sample playback machine with a sequencer. It looks cool, but it isn't a 909. You can sequence the Vermona from any DAW.

If you are looking to get away from a DAW, you could consider an MPC, but whilst MPCs can be instantly gratifying, the finer edit work can be a drag. There are other hardware sequencers, such as Doepfer's Dark Time or MAQ16/3.

If you are in Bristol and want to have a chat about it drop me a PM. Sometimes it isn't about the tools but the approach you take. I have lots of hardware and love buying and owning it , but sometimes it is as simple to get a result from a VST.



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