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Marc Electronics / Detente MX1 and MX1+ Drum Triggers?

Post by WhinyLittleRunt » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:32 pm

I've been scouring the web and can't find much other than what it's supposed to do but:


I have 2 of these, one is an MX1 (pictured) and the other is the MX1+, which looks like it has MIDI in and out, but it could be a proprietary CV thing, I don't know... I'm looking for the user manuals if that's even a possibility anymore; I think these are pretty rare and specialized. I got them with my Simmons SDSV stuff and they are supposed to convert audio to pulses to trigger the Simmons. I haven't been able to make them work and I'm sure it's user error.

Here's hoping someone has seen one before... seems simple enough but I can't get them to do anything.
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Re: Marc Electronics / Detente MX1 and MX1+ Drum Triggers?

Post by Z » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:58 am

Never seen them before, but found this searching the web: ... -drum.html

These interfaces are extremely useful, and became popular during the 1980's, when most drum tracks were performed by electronic drum machines. See my photo of Jimmy Bralower standing next to his rack of Marc audio interfaces, alongside a vintage LINN Drum machine.

This unit fits a standard 19" rack case, and is one unit tall.Size is; 1-3/4" tall x 19" wide x 11-1/2" deep. Unit weight is 3 kilograms.

About the MX1+ :

The MX1+ has been designed to convert audio to both analog and digital pulses as required to "trigger" a wide variety of drum machines, electronic drum sets, as well as keyboard synthesizers.

Triggering specifications vary considerably between manufacturers and their devices, however when properly adjusted, the flexibility of the MX1+ meets the demands set by the individual manufacturer providing effective interface capability between these devices. Wether using previously recorded drum tracks already on tape or through the use of Marc DETONATER pickups, acoustic drums input directly to the MX1+ and interface to a multitude of electronic musical equipment with true dynamic response in both live and studio applications.

This unit requires 120 volts AC 50-60 Hz, power consumption is approximately 12 watts. Unit powers up and is fully functional.

This unit is compatible with LINN DRUM, LM1, and LINN 9000 drum machines, as well as Oberheim DMX and DX models. It can also interface with SIMMONS SDS 5,7,8,9 analog and digital drum brains. This machine is also compatible with DRUMULATOR, and DRUMULATOR SP12 drum machines.

A Zerox fotocopy of the original MX1+ owner's manual is included.

Some of the labels on this interface are smeared or slightly rubbed off, but there is enough left, to allow you to understand what each control will do. All of the inputs and outputs on this machine are 1/4" phono jacks, except for two 12-pin DIN jacks, these are here for interfacing with the Oberheim DMX and DX drum machines. Interfacing with the LINN machines is done through the 1/4" jacks.."

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