I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth it?

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I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth it?

Post by portland » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:44 am

Pretty set on a Machinedrum UW mkii. Is the +Drive worth it? Is the TM-1 worth it (with or without the +Drive)? A lot of the ones I'm seeing on eBay don't come with these (and go for a bit cheaper...)

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Bonus question if you like: I already have a Roland S760 that I don't use much... is the UW worth it or would you go for the non-sampling MKii?

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by Sir Nose » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:15 pm

Studio or live use?

The +drive is very helpful if you are not normally near/hooked up to a computer. It allows you to store 128 machine state backups onboard.

I have a non-UW mk2 without the +drive. It was my 1st Elektron box and went that route purely for economic reasons. MD users will suggest the UW 99 out of 100. Even if you don't load a single sample, the ability to sample the sounds and loops you create with the synth engines for further manipulation and retrig usually is enough to choose the UW over the vanilla MD.

For the way I use the MD, I really want a +drive. I don't use a computer much in music making so it is a pain to perform a backup or reload an old state. To add the +drive is $400, not worth it with the current used market value (I can sell the one I have and buy one with the +drive for less and get the UW engine to boot).
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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:38 pm

Do you not use the Roland cause you don't like sampling on it or cause you just don't use samples generally?

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by phesago » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:04 pm

like all things tech related, you pay for memory. it is worth it i think. I have yet to go beyond 2 of the master pages on mine, but love that i can store that much.

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by portland » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:09 am

Thanks Sir Nose and phesago for your advise. My goal with getting the Machinedrum is to keep the computer out of the creative process until it's time to record and mix, so it sounds like the +Drive is a good choice.
Stab Frenzy wrote:Do you not use the Roland cause you don't like sampling on it or cause you just don't use samples generally?
I suppose the first leads to the second. I have much respect for the machine because it sounds great, but I find it too fussy with sample mapping to be fun for percussion. I should probably just sell it, but it's fun to hear that Roland early 90s digital filter every once in a while.

Thanks again for your advise

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by BlackGnosis » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:48 pm

portland wrote:Pretty set on a Machinedrum UW mkii. Is the +Drive worth it? Is the TM-1 worth it (with or without the +Drive)? A lot of the ones I'm seeing on eBay don't come with these (and go for a bit cheaper...)

thanks m8s

Bonus question if you like: I already have a Roland S760 that I don't use much... is the UW worth it or would you go for the non-sampling MKii?


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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by zoomtheline » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:42 pm

Yes to both. I love my machinedrum and had filled up one snapshot and samplebank up really quickly. It was becoming predictable what I was going to do with it which is obviously good as I know the machine well enough to dial in a sound I imagine quickly. However when I loaded a new snapshot to start over I filled up the samplebank with samples so different than the other samplebank that the machinedrum felt like a new machine all over again. It's an amazing drum machine in it's own right but the UW gives it infinite longevity. and the TM1 makes loading samples less of a chore.

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by Sir Nose » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:26 am

Funkadelic wrote: nothing is good unless you play with it
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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by phesago » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:46 am

Sir Nose wrote:Best deal I've seen on a UW+ mk2:
http://elektron-users.com/index.php?opt ... 8&catid=12
DaaaaaaaaaAaAAAayum son. DAT PRICE. So gery tempted to own a 3rd copy of that machine.....

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by portland » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:20 pm

Sir Nose wrote:Best deal I've seen on a UW+ mk2:
http://elektron-users.com/index.php?opt ... 8&catid=12
Thanks for that. I just bought it

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by zoomtheline » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:10 pm

Cool! Enjoy it man.

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by 2manydrummachines » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:44 pm

The TM 1 comes with it from some places when it's new. You need the TM 1 because it makes the connection to your computer, it also works with other Elektron gear.

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:34 am

2manydrummachines wrote:The TM 1 comes with it from some places when it's new. You need the TM 1 because it makes the connection to your computer, it also works with other Elektron gear.
Dude bought one a year ago, probably doesn't really need that advice now. ;)

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Re: I'm getting a Machinedrum UW, is the Drive or TM-1 worth

Post by zoomtheline » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:05 am

i wonder how he got on though.

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