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.25.2007 @ 3:53 PM
"However, I would posit this question: did anybody have grievances with the MD's timing _before_ the thread was started by the guy who did the timing measurements?"

For my part, yes, but I chalked it up to my imagination - esp because I'd already measured the way-tight MIDI clock, and assumed that playback would be the same. It's not a deal-breaker for me by any means. The Elektrons have been the center of my studio for some years, now, and there are definitely bigger gripes {catalogued handily by Gerald}, but they ultimately helped me realise what I wanted to do as a musician better than anything else. I'd be lost without them.

I did have to make the transition from 192nd-note mouse-jockey to 16th-note hardware guy with workarounds, but I don't regret drinking the Kool-Aid, yet. Your own style of composition may not be affected at all. At any rate, the UW rocks.


May.26.2007 @ 1:51 PM
The timing may not be as solid as a MPC60 or 3K... but compared to software... its fine.

I started losing interest in that thread and questioned the guy's credibility when he said the Mobius CV/Gate sequencer was sloppy. That's just stupid.


May.26.2007 @ 7:11 PM
Of course the whole thread was based on the guy buying an MPC3k, as CR pointed out feel is important in these machines and Elektron claim to have added this feel deliberately, you will notice it if you are working at lower tempos with long tempo based delays, allegedly....

You can hear the difference between an Ok word clock (i.e MOTU) and a good one (i.e. Lavry).


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