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MFB 522 Drumcomputer

info Country: Germany
Weight: 1 kg
Dimensions: 175 (w) x 125 (h) x 38 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 200€
manual demo video comments

MFB-522
Drumcomputer (2009)

 

Handheld analog drum box with internal sequencer: a very nice and affordable Roland TR-808 clone around made in Berlin by iconic Manfred Fricke.

main panel
mfb drum

info DRUM MACHINE Main panel features 7 buttons, 26 knobs, a switch, 8 not-sensible pads.


Rear panel terminal connectors:
- Midi input
- main 1,5 mm signal out
- 1 separate outs for kick drum
- 1 separate outs for snare drum
- 1 separate outs for clap
- 1 separate outs for hihat.


ac Power supply
external PSU - DC 12V +)- polarity 500 mA.


 

edit VOICE main core 8-bits Atmel AT89C4051 manages 7 channels polyphony.

technical data voice editor


The voice board generates 9 analog percussions (some are channel-shared) each with individual mix gain for a precise mix control.

 


editDRUM SOUNDS
each drum pads is assigned to a specifc drum sound that can be modified with some sound tweak controls:

kick
- tune changes pitch
- decay defines length
- tone smoothes the initial attack portion.
demo
snare
- tune changes pitch
- noise filters the amount of white noise
demo
clap
- filter balances between bright and dark sound
- attack changes width
- decay adds the famous TR-808 "reverb" trick using the white noise generator.
demo
clave
- uses the cowbell channel
- hold SHIFT to switch.
demo
cowbell
- decay sets length release
- tune changes the square waves phasing pitch
- overall tuning can be changed using the cymbal tune knob.
demo
tom/conga
- they annot be played at same time
- tune is for pitch tuning
- decay for length
demo
rimshot
is shared with snaredrum hold SHIFT to switch between them
demo
cymbal
-
tone smoothes the attack portion
- decay changes the cymbal length
- tuning variates the relative pitch but also for cowbell and Hi HATS.
demo
hihat
- decay changes release length
- tuning can be changed using cymbal tune pot.
demo

 

 

edit EDIT INTERFACE some keys-combo are not-so-obvious especially if you have a big hand.

 

mfb 522




edit SEQUENCER there are 2 modes to record events:
- real-time entry mode
- step mode is limited to only to 8 button-steps, so you have to switch between A/B parts.

sequencer recorder demo HEAR sequenced pattern


Other functions: accent and 3 shuffling levels (aka swing effect).





edit SYNC
machine can be synched to external Midi clock.
MIDI implementation is pretty basic and sounds mapping cannot be changed - no special controls but dynamic sounds triggering - Check out the MIDI LIST.


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edit MEMORY:
- 72 patterns
- 72 fill-IN.
- 8 songs.

inside mfb 522
ABOVE : motherboard MFB522 - click to magnify

 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

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effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

free 522 samples RETUNES

effet
MFB-522 SAMPLE SET also for ABLETON

 

 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo SuperMIX : Mfb 522 + Arturia Minibrute
demo original MFB demo
demo Sequence + mini synth nanozwerg
demo pattern 522
demo patterm 522 p2
demo pattern 522 p3
demo pattern 522 p4
demo sampling the MFB522 by AKAI MPC60


video VIDEO SELECTION

MFB-522 pure sound demo TR-808 vs MFB-522 MFB 522 drum exercise
pure sound demo vs. Roland TR-808 drum exercise

Company: MFB
Model: 522
Class: Drum machine
Dates: 2009
Pads: 9 non-dynamic
Price: 200€
Synthesis: analog
Polyphony: 7 channels
Sounds: 9 percussions
Sequencer: 72 patterns
Songs: up to 8
Fill-ins: 72
Accent: yes
Swing: 3 levels
Sync: Midi
clock
CPU: Atmel AT89C4051
PSU: 12V DC
Demo: 8

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manual
MANUAL

manual
-MFB-522 SERVICE MANUAL
- more demos

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comment

REVIEW "Not like a 808, but what a great tiny drum box" - bad points: Sequencer is not that intuitive. THUMBS UP!"

manual manual
-portable cute -plastic cheap
-analog
-limited Midi
-separate outs -no Midi out

"MFB-522 is a drumcomputer with a fully analogue sound engine that offers plenty of editing capabilities"

 

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