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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 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 TECH main core 8-bits Atmel AT89C4051 manages 7 channels polyphony.
The voice board generates 9 analog percussions (some are channel-shared) each with individual mix gain for a precise mix control.

voice editor



demo
HEAR all sounds

 

 

edit EDIT INTERFACE quite simple, every sound edit is well-organized into the instruments row. Buttons and knobs have a cheap feeling.

technical data  

 

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

kick
demo
- tune changes pitch
- decay defines length
- tone smoothes the initial attack portion.
snare
demo
- tune changes pitch
- noise filters the amount of white noise
clap
demo
- filter balances between bright and dark sound
- attack changes width
- decay adds the TR-808 "reverb" trick using white noise
clave
demo
- uses the cowbell channel
- hold SHIFT to switch.
cowbell
demo
- decay sets length release
- tune changes the square waves phasing pitch
- overall tuning can be changed using cymbal tune knob
tom/conga
demo
(cannot be played at same time)
- tune is for pitch tuning
- decay for length
rimshot
demo
is shared with snaredrum- hold SHIFT to alternate
cymbal
demo
- tone smoothes the attack portion
- decay changes the cymbal length
- tuning variates t pitch but also for cowbell and Hi HATS.
hihat
demo
- decay changes release length
- tuning can be changed using cymbal tune pot.
description

 

 


edit
SEQUENCER MFB 2 modes to record events:

sequencer recorder

- real-time entry mode
- step mode is limited to only to 8 button-steps, so you have to switch between A/B parts.
Other sequencer functions: accent and 3 shuffling levels (aka swing effect).

demo HEAR sequenced pattern





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.

logo

Left - MFB 522 synched with Akai MPC60 sequencer

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

inside mfb 522

LEFT-: 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
Display: none
Synthesis: analog
Polyphony: 7 channels
Sounds: 9 percussions
Sequencer: 72 patterns
Midi: only input
Songs: up to 8
Fill-ins: 72
Accent: yes
Swing: 3 levels
Sync: Midi
clock
CPU: Atmel AT89C4051
PSU: 12V DC
Demo: 8

 

 

big picture
adsr hires pic

manual
MANUAL

manual
-MFB-522 SERVICE MANUAL
- more demos

 

oscilloscope
adsr522 on oscilloscope

mfb 522 rendering
adsrRendering
by Cresshead


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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
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