Cheetah Equipment - MD16R, MS6 and SX16

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Cheetah Equipment - MD16R, MS6 and SX16

Post by paugui » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:32 pm

Hi

I would like to know some info about the quality and specifications of some musical equipment made by Cheetah, especially the MD16R drum machine, the MS6 synth and the SX16 sampler, and also similar models made by other more known brands.

What are your personal opinions about these machines?
Are any of them worth having these days?

I already searched with google but the info about these machines seem quite limited.


Thanks in advance

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Post by Tyler2000 » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:00 pm

I've had a the md16 drummachine entered as a saved search on ebay for months, but so far I've had no results.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by modulator_esp » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:17 pm

I've got 2 MS6s, it's a great little module, especially once it has the new Maad OS installed to allow editing by midi controllers.

The only other Cheetah product I owned was the MQ8, which had lots of weird and interesting features, but was a little flakey and not really that well built.

There are reviews of the MS6 and MD16 on the SOS site

MS6: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr01/a ... rozone.asp

MD16: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997_ar ... hmd16.html
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Post by paugui » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:21 pm

Without the Maad OS, is the MS6 still a good synth?
Is it able to do nice analog pads and lead sounds?


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Post by modulator_esp » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:37 pm

paugui wrote:Without the Maad OS, is the MS6 still a good synth?
Is it able to do nice analog pads and lead sounds?


Thanks in advance

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I would think so, I mostly use mine for sequencing and fx, but there's no reason it couldn't do nice pads and good leads, especially for leads if you stack several detuned versions of a sound in multi-mode

It uses the same chips as the Matrix 1000, but as I've never had one of those I couldn't compare them sonically, but the MS6 is much more versatile, being multi-timbral and programmable from the front panel.

The Maad upgrade is a good investment, 'cos it adds quite a lot of useful stuff including:

MIDI bank select (CC #0), globally and per-part.
Program change per-part.
Remote control of all tone edit parameters using CC messages, both in tone and performance mode.
No more partial drop-outs at bottom C (130.8Hz).
Three more DCO shape settings, both for DCO A and B: off, pulse + triangle and pulse + sawtooth. The new pulse shapes can use PWM as well.
Extended SysEx support: single patch and edit buffer dumps + requests, full dump and status requests.
Mono mode, per-part, with a choice of always retriggering the envelopes or to not retrigger when playing legato (i.e. pressing a new key before releasing the current one).
Portamento, per-part, constant-time (0.015 - 18.3 s) or constant-rate (400 - 0.44 semitones/s). Full-time or fingered (i.e., only in mono mode when playing legato).
Support for bank 7 tones in performances.

This and lots of other useful MS6 related stuff here

http://www.maad.net/ms6/
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Post by paugui » Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:35 pm

Thanks for the examples you post, those seem pretty cool.

Since I cannot edit the synth using a MIDI controller, unless I get the Maad OS, is it too hard to edit the synth just using the front panel?

And what would be a fair price for one of these synths in good shape?


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Post by modulator_esp » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:07 am

paugui wrote: Since I cannot edit the synth using a MIDI controller, unless I get the Maad OS, is it too hard to edit the synth just using the front panel?

And what would be a fair price for one of these synths in good shape?
It's a bit fiddly but fairly easy if you print out the parameter sheet available from the Maad site

in the UK they go for between £100 and £200

anything under £150 is pretty good
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