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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 : 250€
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.

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 500mA.


 

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


voice editor

 

 

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


pot kick demo
- tune changes pitch
- decay defines length
- tone smooths the initial attack portion.
pot tom/conga demo
- they annot be played at same time
- tune is for pitch tuning
- decay for length

pot snare
demo
- tune changes pitch
- noise filters the amount of white noise,
pot rimshot demo
is shared with snaredrum
- hold SHIFT to switch between them

pot clap
demo
- filter balances between bright and dark sound
- attack changes width
- decay adds the famous TR-808 "reverb" trick using the white noise generator.
pot cymbal demo
-
tone smooths the attack portion,
- decay changes the length
- tuning variates the relative pitch but also for cowbell and Hi HATS.

pot clave
demo
- uses the cowbell channel
- hold SHIFT to switch.
pot hihat demo
- decay changes release length
- tuning can be changed using cymbal tune pot.

pot cowbell
demo
- decay sets length release
- tune changes the square waves phasing pitch
- overall tuning can be changed using the cymbal tune knob.
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edit
EDIT INTERFACE some keys-combo are not so obvious especially if you have a big hand :)

technical data


 

edit SEQUENCER there are 2 modes to record events:

1- real-time entry mode
2- step mode is limited to only to 8 button-steps, so you have to switch between A/B parts.


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


sequencer recorder



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.


midi clock sync

 

 

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

inside mfb 522

 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:


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

  name price
free 522 samples RETUNES FREE
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
demo have some 522 cool demo? share it :) UPLOAD


 

 

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

 

mfb-522

Company: MFB
Model: 522
Class: Drum machine
Dates: 2009
Pads: 9 non-dynamic
Price: 250€
Synthesis: analog
Polyphony: 7 channels
Sounds: 9 percussions
Sequencer: 72 patterns
Songs: 8
Fill-ins: 72
Accent: yes
Swing: 3 levels
Sync: Midi
clock
CPU: AT89C4051
PSU: 9V DC
Demo: 8

 

 

big picture

 

 

manual
MANUAL

manual
MFB-522 SERVICE MANUAL - N/A product is too recent, maybe soon some HACK and modification.

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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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MFB 522 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. price €200