Sequential Circuits MAX

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Sequential Circuits MAX

Post by immigrantboy » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:08 am

So, I might have a shot at a Sequential Circuits Max for cheap, but I'm skeptical about the programability (apparently it required software through a Commodore 64). I've read reviews for it that claim you can use a modern MIDI controller to adjust the parameters. Is this true? If so, any recommendations?
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Post by insky » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:16 am

I would assume it uses SysEx like most 80's midi synths. Not all midi controllers put out SysEx though.
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Re: Sequential Circuits MAX

Post by origin » Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:48 am

Just a heads up as I'm debating how useful the Max is as well:

The program UNISYN by Motu apparently can program the thing, and is cross platform. So that might help with your decision.

The one by me is $325 tho = :?

Gonna skip it and get a Casio CZ-1 for $150 =) =) =)


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Re: Sequential Circuits MAX

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:59 pm

The MAX will respond to CCs to set most parameters but there is no way to write the results into the onboard memory (which is cleared when you turn the unit off anyway).

Because of the programming issues, anything over $100 for a Max is questionable (to me) unless you really love the 80 factory presets :?
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Re: Sequential Circuits MAX

Post by Thetimeplease » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:47 pm

meatballfulton wrote:there is no way to write the results into the onboard memory (which is cleared when you turn the unit off anyway).
If one was up for a DIY challenge I'd imagine the Midibox 64 would be a perfect match for the Max- using external swappable banksticks gives you as much patch memory as required. Setting one up to send CC's is apparently quite easy and can be done via the front panel, unfortunately assigning sysex commands to controls means modifying the application layer and defining meta events.

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