Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby tomorrowstops » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:39 pm

pflosi wrote:You can easily combine it in some way, then. Use the MMT to send midi into the MPC where you record it, or figure out something like that. That way you can also easily sequence transpositions on the fly and so on, two parallel midi sequencers feeding each other can be very powerful. I think I'd go for the MPC as master clock in such a situation.



Exactly what I was thinking. The powwwwweerrr!
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby pflosi » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:56 pm

:headbang: I've considered adding a Cirklon to my Zyklus for this :mrgreen: one day I will...... one day....
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby plus321 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:22 pm

In my experience, an mmt-8 is not as quick to use as an mpc (I have a 1000). Setting up the tracks and having to stop to quantize them bummed me out.

I went through the same thing you're going through now and got rid of the mmt-8 and went with an mpc 1000. One of the main reasons being the memory eats it any time you move it across the room or for no reason at all.

My friend at the studio uses one for his live sequencer, but has to reset it at the show probably 1/3 times. He does the tape dump and loads it back in from an mp3 player. I guess it's something to do with being very sensitive to static electricity.

But I also went with the mpc because I wanted a multi timbral sampler.

There is something else that is like a modern mmt-8 but with 4 tracks. I thought about it but just kept the mpc. Here's the link:

http://midisizer.com/midirex/
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby tomorrowstops » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:46 pm

plus321 wrote:In my experience, an mmt-8 is not as quick to use as an mpc (I have a 1000). Setting up the tracks and having to stop to quantize them bummed me out.



Interesting. I just have a few videos to go by when I make my sweeping generalizations, so its nice to hear that maybe I'm wrong!

In my situation the MMT-8 will sit where I put it in my studio and will only move if I change the room around. I don't play live or anything. None the less, I see where you're coming from with the reliability concern.

The Midirex looks great, but I'd have to have someone build it for me.

Hmmmmm
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby tomorrowstops » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:48 pm

If only use an MPC1000 in this setup (no MMT) will I still be able to transpose sequences? Triggered from the MPC or Polysix?
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby plus321 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:03 pm

I'm not sure about transposing. It depends a lot on the os. I have jjos2xl and I can transpose all tracks, but I have to stop to do it. On my mpc 3000 I could do it in real time. On jjos3 I think you can do it in real time, I'm not 100%. No idea about the akai os.
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby plus321 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:06 pm

But I can't remember if you can transpose 'live' on the mmt-8. I think you might have to stop for it too, but I'm not sure. It's been awhile since I sold mine.
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby tomorrowstops » Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:44 am

The transposing thing isnt really a deal breaker.

I also just realized that the HR-16 with a slew of aftermarket eproms might satisfy my drum machine lust. Instead of an MPC. So maybe MMT and HR16 would be cool....
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby gmeredith » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:51 pm

MMT8 and EMu Esi2000/4000. Program your drum patterns from the MMT8, then you don't need to sync - the MMT8 becomes the drum machine plus anything else. Get a black MMT8, they have the button issues fixed and some bugs ironed out. No, it doesn't do transpose on the fly. You have to stop it first.

Esi2000 maxed out with 128MB and turbo board = 8 audio outputs for recording/mixing, around $200-$300 mark. Great synthesis and filters.

Or a v-machine like my setup has :D
Casio: FZ1, CZ101, PG380, VZ10M, SK8, SK60, RAP10, DP1 drums, DH100, CDP200, DM100
Yamaha: TX81z, TX802, SHS10, DTXv2
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Re: Alesis MMT-8 vs MPC500

Postby tomorrowstops » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:54 pm

Alright, for now, the MPC1000 wins. Just scored one in mint condition for under 4 bills!

It'll cover all my midi sequencing and drum machine needs. I'm still keeping an eye out for a decently priced MMT-8 to add to the mix later!
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