Synth Site: ALESIS: MMT-8: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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erik a professional user from USA writes:
god, i love this little machine. i bought one in '88 and sold it two years later after i went to a software-based sequencer. i've kicked myself ever since then. so last year, i bought another mmt-8. not because i think it's better than a computer sequencer, but becase it's fun to program and a hoot to use live. pick one up. it won't change your life or music-writing, but it'll make it more fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-11-1999 at 04:47
Larry a part-timer user from USA writes:
I use this everytime i play live. Hasn't crashed yet. Just use over 90% of the memory, or else it will crash. I see everyone complaining about the sloppy MIDI timming of Cubase. get an Atari. The timming is as solid as the MMT-8. Plus it has built in MIDI ports=0)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 03:24
Mark Nolan a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
Great little machine. However it could do with an update which gave more tracks and memory. Recently my MMT8 has taken to crashing on start-up therefore trashing all my sequences. Back-up is a major pain, I'll have to save for a Midi filer. But on the whole I love mine and find it much more intuitive than mice and dots.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-1999 at 14:46
tcarey a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i love this thing. you can be dumb as a stump and still turn out decent tracks with this thing. very intuitive design and easy to use. havent had the button problem yet but i have the black one and heard that they fixed that problem on this one. haven't taken out of the studio yet but i dont really think it would be that interesting to watch me standing on stage pressing buttons....but who knows, orbital is pretty good at it. anyway check it out if your tired of placing dots on a screen. somehow i find it more thrilling to page through a tiny lcd screen with a funky orange light.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-1999 at 15:04
Guillaume a hobbyist user from the U.S. writes:
I have one very good reason to prefer hardware sequencers over software: Perfect timing... This is why, at this stage, I am employing a 100 dollar machine - the Alesis MMT8, of which I have two, instead of a 1700 dollar one - a Pentium 233 PC with Cakewalk Pro Audio). I can't believe it, but it's true.

The MMT8 is a great little sequencer that can be as powerful as you want it to be despite it's apparent simplicity. I have basically given up on using Cakewalk Pro Audio for my MIDI sequencing because the results I've gotten from the MMT have been far superior. For one thing, my TB303 won't sync right to Cakewalk (at all), but it is rock - solid slaved to the Alesis. Another thing is that my traxx (trance / hard trance / techno) sound far more solid, tight, and somehow more agressive when sequenced to the MMT. It just has a better clock, much tighter timing than my PC with Cakewalk (I find it extremely annoying that I shelled out so much time and money for this supposedly amazing technolgy that just does NOT deliver - arrrrgh!). You can hear the Alesis' superior timing especially with something like 16th - note shakers or closed hi hats and the like.

The only negative comment that I have is that I wish it had more tracks, although you can merge several into one, so it's not a real problem, just would have made it easier with about 12 or so tracks. Dubtribe (anyone remember them) uses these when playing live. They have two of them which gives them 16 tracks. I have tried to hook both of mine together as well, but got discouraged trying to figure out the MIDI complications. If you are looking for a hardware sequencer that is easy to use, inspirational and with perfect timing - not to mention cheap (around 125 duckets used), get one of these! Some people have had problems with the rubber knobs so be careful when you buy one online that you can't try out (I have had no problems with mine).

If you're sick of clicking a freaking mouse button to edit visual representations of MIDI tracks all the time, this sequencer should help you focus on the music again... It does it for me. BTW, there's a manual online if you want to get an idea of hwo to use it and such.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-07-1998 at 20:27
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