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MMT8 or MC500 what's better

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:48 am
by princefan3
Hi Guys....I am after an old school sequencer that's easy to use.

I have a Yamaha DX100 that I want to experiment with using either of the above machines.

I want to be able to have say 5 tracks running all with different patches playing at the same time...to be able to record/track the live changes i make on the DXs slider...ie changing the oscillator freq ratio as an example as I play.

Be able to record/track the key transpose if I happen to want to change it and be able to record/track without strict quantise.

Would one sequencer come out on top from the other.

Thanks Guys.

Re: MMT8 or MC500 what's better

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:48 pm
by meatballfulton
princefan3 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:48 am
I have a Yamaha DX100 that I want to experiment with using either of the above machines. I want to be able to have say 5 tracks running all with different patches playing at the same time
First of all, the DX100 is monotimbral, meaning it can only play one sound at a time. To have 5 tracks playing all at once you require either a multitimbral instrument or simply more instruments.
...to be able to record/track the live changes i make on the DXs slider...ie changing the oscillator freq ratio as an example as I play.
This is only possible if the DX sends the slider changes over MIDI. My guess is it does not, check the MIDI implementation chart in the DX manual.
Be able to record/track the key transpose if I happen to want to change it
See above. I doubt the DX sends out MIDI msgs when changing transpose settings.
and be able to record/track without strict quantise.
Either sequencer can do this.

Of the two, the Roland has more capability overall than the Alesis. Both are old and may have maintenance issues. The Roland has a disk drive which makes saving your work easier than the cassette tape interface of the Alesis. If you buy a Roland, make sure the disk drive is functional and the owner provides the factory disks...it won't work otherwise.

Sadly, there are no sequencers like those two being manufactured any more...inexpensive computers have driven them out of existence.

Good luck.