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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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brian a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm with Machinedrum. Nuff said.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-16-2002 at 18:07
Indicator a part-time user from Seattle writes:
The Machinedrum is EVERYTHING people say it is. I was hesitant to drop $1100 on a drum machine. After doing it, though, I can honestly say that this is probably the best piece of equipment I have EVER bought for my studio. Period.

Elektron's support is second-to-none, so should you have any technical problems with it (knobs not working, buttons sticking) chances are they'll fix it for free. So far, though, I've had no problems.

The user interface is brilliant - I didn't even crack the manual and I was able to program new kits and patterns in no time. They've done their UI homework, to be sure.

My guess is that its detractors "overpriced", etc etc...have not ever actually played with one, let alone owned one. Their loss, not mine.

Though I don't think it can perfectly mimic an 808 or 909 sound, I don't miss that in the least. The 808 and 909 are seriously played out, IMHO, and what the electronic music scene truly needs is NEW SOUNDS. If you want the 808 or 909 sound - get the real thing, or at least a Jomox or Vermona box...and then Sequence them with the MD! ;-)

The Machinedrum is bar none the best drum machine out there. I have no regrets about this purchase.

Not only is it a great work of electronic manufacturing (a work of art at that) it is an electronic INSTRUMENT in its highest form.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-08-2002 at 12:52
Adam a part-time user from USA writes:
This is the best piece of gear I've ever used. Period. Well worth the $1100. Whenever I think I have it mastered, I go back in, start playing around, and discover new facets that I knew nothing about. The sonic possibilities are endless.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-30-2002 at 16:59
[STERIL] a professional user from Germany/Japan writes:
like everybody i was very impressed by the MD from the start, BUT: This is not a real live friendly machine. YOu have to push two knobs to change patterns (Bank/Pattern),you have to push two knobs to access the Mute screen, and worst of all, to see on which pattern you are currently playing on, you have to watch a tiny place in the display, where you can get this information. Not very intuitive for me, and too complicated in a live situation. taking it to a gig is dangerous, its already falling apart, and i really take care about my stuff. one knob was breaking away, the plexiglass-displaycover is scratched, and some other parts of it start decomposing already. Considering the Price of the MD, this is a real drawback for me.

Aynway, in a studio and sound designers setup the MD kicks ass bigtime. Powerful sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-11-2002 at 06:01
Dave a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
The machinedrum is GREAT. It is so widely programmable. However, its cymbal functions are well, a bit "different" than what I'm used to. But its not an x0x box. The sequencer on this thing is so tight. I just use it to sync my R8m module and there you go, x0x's covered..

Daedau mp313.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 02:43
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