|Synth Site: Elektron ESI: Machinedrum: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.7 out of 5|
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|Eman Sami a hobbyist user from San Diego CA writes:|
This is most probably the greatest drummachine of all time. One reason that it is so great is the 16 pads, which although not velocity sensitive, can be banged and toyed with to demo the sounds. Also, one thing that makes this drummachine kill other ones is that it can easily control other synths/samplers. Each of the 16 buttons can be assigned to midi, the same way you would assign a "machine" to it. You can then select the velocity, the note, the channel, and other paramters. Not only do you get the great sounds of the machinedrum, you can easily sequence sounds on an external sampler. The machinedrum is really easy to use, and the 8 knobs just work soooo well its amazing. You get tons of outputs, but I just use the mains. I just really love this machine, and it does cost a lot, but only for a good reason...you get what you pay for! I remember trying to decide between a 909 and the machinedrum. Forget it! The MD does more than teh 909 can ever do! If you want 909 sounds, you can try to get them on the MD(except the hi-hats are not going to sound the same), but if that doesn't satisfy you, use the MD to control a sampler with 909 sounds on it. I think the MD and a sampler is the very best drum combination on this planet!! Also, not only do you pay for the machinedrum, you pay for the awesome service from Elektron. They are a small company, so they don't hire idiots to try and help you. I have never heard one complaint about their service. Buy one of these, you can't regret it...add a sampler and you have all the drums you will ever need.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-04-2003 at 18:51|
|joe a part-time user from kent, ohio writes:|
i've had mine for a little over a week now. i'm still exploring it but each day i'm more and more amazed with its capabilities. there's just so much that it can do; not just drum-wise either. various drum and percussion instruments can be fiddled with to create very melodic sounds. check out http://www.elektron.se/superparty/audio/valve.mp3 if you don't believe me.
the main thing that i love about it, though, is that it is by far the most real-time drum machine i've played. you can literally *play* this machine; which can't be said for too many drum boxes.
overpriced? i don't really think so. once you have one, you'll most likely forget about the price of it within an hour or two. and you can get them used for about $200 or so less than elektron's new price. also, i'm now using mine as a dedicated hardware sequencer, so you might be able to eliminate some gear in place of this machine.
regarding the sequencing power: lately, i've been using it to sequence a SidStation (which is also a fantastic machine) and the MIDI capabilities are excellent. the MID machine in the MD has six built-in MIDI controllers as well as pitch-bend, aftertouch, velocity, etc. you can even program chords with it. so it's pretty darn flexible, if you ask me.
oh, and i have seen elvis on it :-) every so often he flashes across the startup screen with a thumbs-up and says "this machine is cool" or something to that effect.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-29-2003 at 13:02|
this is the most powerful drum synth ever.. period. it sounds fantastic, looks fantastic, is almost unbelievably easy to use.. its interface is completely transparent and does not interfere in any way with the creative process.. i would go so far as to say it adds to it. the range of sounds available is extreme, all knob movements can be sequenced, theres about a billon lfos, each track has its own effects.. i could go on and on. in response to the truths comments maybe its possible to do the same thing in software, but its not going to be nearly as musical of a process to do so. the machinedrum is absolutely worth every penny as far as im concerned.. interface is extremely important and i would challenge anyone to do in software in 20 minutes what i can do on the md in 2.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-03-2003 at 15:49|
|Warpus a hobbyist user from USA writes:|
This is my first track using using the MD. All the drums and percussion were recorded 'live' from the MD without and effects or processing.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-26-2003 at 16:00|
|Adam a part-time user from USA writes:|
I've now owned a MachineDrum for a bit over a year. I also own an MPC2000XL. I use them together EXTENSIVELY. The MPC is no substitute for the MD, and the MD no substitute for the MPC! I use the MPC's sequencer to sequence the amazing sounds that only the MD can produce.
In my opinion, the user interface of the MachineDrum is the best of any piece of equipment I've ever used. Simple, straightforward, easy to master, and almost every single option is within just a few clicks. No pressing "next screen" 30 times just to tweak a parameter. It's a beautifully designed, well-thought-out piece of equipment and I expect to get many, many years of use out of it. I will probably end up buying a second one soon.
But that's just the machine. Not too many people on here have mentioned the absolutely AMAZING support that Elektron delivers. What other company answers e-mails within minutes, let alone days? Elektron has never failed to offer me top-notch support when I've needed it, unlike many other companies that refuse to respond to e-mails or answer the phone. On the contrary, I've made OS feature requests and Elektron has always written back detailed e-mails commenting on my opinions. Many other companies that I've tried writing to have (if they bothered to write back) only sent short, patronising responses. These companies don't care about their user base. Elektron does.
Yes, the MachineDrum seems pricey, but you are paying for more than just a piece of hardware. You're paying for a company that will stand behind its product. In my opinion, it's worth every cent.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-25-2003 at 23:42|
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