May 22, 2007

If I could save time in a bottle...

by Chris Randall

...I'd take that bottle, once it was suitably full, and conk Jim Croce right on the head with it.

In any event, my sister and her family are visiting from Belgium for the week, so I'll be largely entangled in family matters for the nonce, and thus not posting with my usual piss and vinegar. That being the case, you can consider this an Open Thread. Today's subject: the Elektron MachineDrum. Discretion was soundly thrashed by valor, and we ordered a pair of these from Analogue Haven; they should be here in a day or two. Do you have one? What should amaze me? What should astound me? What will bemuse or befuddle me? Is it, in actual fact, Full Of Techno??



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May.22.2007 @ 1:18 AM
Yes. Yes, it is indeed full of techno. Best of luck! You won't be getting much sleep for the next few weeks...

May.22.2007 @ 1:31 AM
The MD ended my years long search for a likeable drum machine. The sequencer is nothing special and you could duplicate the sounds with many other boxes or software. But the MD as a total package is tough to beat. The interface and the layout are why I keep mine. It's just so easy to get something you want done quickly on the MD. But if you want to get deeper into sound or pattern editing you can. It seems there's two camps on drum programming, the TR school and the Akai school. The MD is definitely of the TR school, so if you liked the pattern writing abilities of the 808 or 909, you'll like the MD and be able to start right away. If you're fonder of the Akai method, I'll be curious to hear how you like the MD.

May.22.2007 @ 2:03 AM
I was seriously underwhelmed by mine: ice-cold sounds, blah effects, stiff grooves. The song sequencer is nice- it reminded me of BASIC class all those years ago with the loop functions and whatnot- and yes, you can edit the crap out of it. But after a month of fiddling with it I could never really convince myself that I liked what I was hearing. The results were clever but never engaging. All brain, no heart.


May.22.2007 @ 4:30 AM
Great machine: the ability to change every parameter of the sound for every step in the sequence it's clever and can spice up your drum programming.
It sounds good, and is really stable in midi sync.
Love it!

May.22.2007 @ 5:30 AM
i love mine. the sampling option, though not cheap, is really worthwhile. the interface is dope. so easy to get going and once you start messing around and get into the guts of it you can make some great sounds. you have to tweak it though.. like any synth you must tweak it. so much fun for live use as well. more than a 'techno box'. it can get down right dirty.

the monomachine is equally if not more fun. i've been surprised by the bass and grit it can spit out. very flexible midi spec and control of external gear. evolver + elektron is super retarded fun. routing LFO's to external synths as midi cc's then using parameter locks is great.

i would just say don't give up on it if you don't like the sound right away. it will grow on you and you'll find things in it that you'll love.


May.22.2007 @ 6:21 AM
I have the sps-1uw version but have not really taken advantage of the sampling feature yet.

One thing that really pissed me off was that it crashed on me when I had a song 90% complete and reset itself to the factory settings, wiping out my song in the process.

The sequencer is cool.. are there any other sequencers with jump points and loops?


May.22.2007 @ 7:33 AM
I love the MD--it's a genuine instrument, full of soul, if you can believe that. It's ergonomically a delight, sounds incredible, is hugely versatile and easy to use. I have the UW upgrade and it really wasn't worth it for me, but if I used it live I would probably get more out of the sampling.

Mine has never crashed once.

I hope you have a great time with yours!


May.22.2007 @ 9:05 AM
ugh, this thread is going to end badly (for my wallet)

May.22.2007 @ 9:09 AM
Ironically, this past friday I just purchased a second-hand MD/UW from the head sysadmin for Pixar. That and a monomachine from Nova should be getting here by the end of the week.

See you at, ne?


May.22.2007 @ 9:49 AM
"The sequencer is cool.. are there any other sequencers with jump points and loops?"

The Yamaha Rm1x, probably the rs-7000 also.

I made up my mind if i purchase either the Mono or MD, it'd be the Mono. I watched tons of youtube vids of both of them in action. Matrixsynth seems to be posting vids of them both every other friggin day. This here is the vid that made me decide if I had to choose it would be the Mono. link []">link []
Shit actually in the same price range I'd end upwith a polyevolver rack. But yeah..both of them seem to be full of techno!


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