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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

edit Generated sound list: kick, snare, tom, clap, clave, rimshot, conga, cymbal and hihat.

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.

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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

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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


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: IN
Songs: up to 8
Fill-ins: 72
Accent: yes
Swing: 3 levels
Sync: Midi
clock
CPU: Atmel AT89C4051
PSU: 12V DC
Demo: 8

 

demoDEMO:

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

 

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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