MFB Dominion 1

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by chimney chop » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:47 pm

how much did it cost in US dollars?

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by GuyaGuy » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:51 pm

1,189.66 EUR = 1,643.41 USD

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by chimney chop » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:02 am

GuyaGuy wrote:1,189.66 EUR = 1,643.41 USD
that's not bad at all

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:22 pm

Mine shipped yesterday!

:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>
:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by philip » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:35 pm

philip wrote:
GuyaGuy wrote:Mine shipped yesterday!

:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>
:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>

Waitnig for (2 hours) demo

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by Kenneth » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:03 am

Not sure if this has been covered elsewhere, but there's a demo of the Dominion-1 up on SoundCloud by the dude who runs MFB(SoundCloud name: yapacc), and some of the tones he got out of the thing sound simply sublime. Give it a listen. Something that grabbed my attention was the cutoff frequency modulations that start around 6:00. I am starting to think I might need to order one of these. :)
Here's the demo: https://soundcloud.com/yapacc/mfbyapacc ... n-1-demo-a
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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:22 am

There was one in Schneidersladen when I was there last week, should have had a play with it. It looked really nice but I was more interested in drum machines at the time.

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by Sir Ruff » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:26 pm

GuyaGuy wrote:Mine shipped yesterday!

:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>
:yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D> :yahoo: =D>
Awesome!

Did anyone ever figure out what kind of oscillators are involved? They say VCO, but also seem to employ some sort of CPU tuning, making me wonder if they are actually DCOs, or something akin to the Korg monotribe scheme.
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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by GuyaGuy » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:53 pm

Presumably it's a similar type of space-aged tuner like on modern Moogs, the Andromeda, P600, etc., but mostly I care about the sound, which has been awesome in demos, and those little jacks on the top of the panel which mean they are are quite literally VCOs.

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by GuyaGuy » Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:36 am

Oh my. It's here.

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by Kenneth » Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:59 am

GuyaGuy wrote:Oh my. It's here.
DAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! :D
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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by rob_lee » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:49 am

Hmm this one is on my list. Here's a nice video:


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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by pflosi » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:46 pm

How's the build quality GuyaGuy? Especially comparing to "normal" MFB products...?

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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:50 am

pflosi wrote:How's the build quality GuyaGuy? Especially comparing to "normal" MFB products...?
The more important question is: Is this the best analog mono synth ever made? And to that I say "Yes." Well, it's the best for me anyhow! Honestly, this thing is a sonic beast. Even without touching the patchbay, there's a lot of rich modulation going on. It's been compared to the MonoPoly--in part because of appearance. While the Dom 1 sound is rather different than the MonoPoly, I think it's a fair comparison in terms of functionality, rich modulation, voice handling, etc.

Overall the build quality is solid--almost on par with the DSI stuff. The pots feel solid but are still easy to turn--not as loose as the pots on some of the MFB Eurorack stuff I have. I've not played the Dominion X to compare but the Dom 1 feels much more reliable than the 522. The case and wood sides feel as solid as anything else I have.

But...the pots seem to be surface mounted on the circuit board, and only the switches (e.g. for waveforms) have a nut to fasten the pot to the metal chassis. I noticed this because when turning a couple of knobs the surrounding knobs and switches would visibly bounce with pressure. Now, I'm careful with my synth stuff so it won't likely be an issue. But accidents do happen and I think they could have planned for accidents a bit better. The ribbons feel nice--not the space age clean feel of the Tempest's but comfy and reliable.

It's a bit early for a proper review but here are some notes of my first impressions:

PRO
Sounds: does old and crusty, smooth Roland, nasty nasal, wet but not Moogy
Simple but rich oscillators
Great filters
Manual (WYSIWYG) mode!
Nice after touch and velocity
Mod ribbon controls a parameter manually OR the amount if LFO'd
Rich modulation
Smart layout
Deeper "menus" are very straightforward
Fatar keys are solid
Organic LFOs
Easy arp and seq
Latch mode great for drones or in arp mode it adds the new notes played rather than overwriting--great for complex patterns

CON
The surface mount pots
The buttons are those tiny ones like on DSI gear that feel like they have to be babied
The manual is iffy in English and even has incorrect info in German
LFO 2 CV in but no LFO 1 in for whatever reason
Switching octave +/- is not easy for real time playing (although you can set the ribbon for an octave up as a work around)


Overall--an awesome synth and one that deserves a lot more attention. I mean, we have pages and pages of threads about why Roland should reissue something they never will but this beauty barely gets to 2 pages?


Edit:
Oh s**t I was wrong about the waveforms not being variable!

Wave Triangle – triangle to sine
Wave Saw tooth – saw tooth to triangle
Wave Square – 50 to 95% pulse width (center ≈ 75%)
You can vary them with the PW or PWM + modulation control. Love this thing!
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Re: MFB Dominion 1

Post by pflosi » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:06 am

Thank you very much!

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