mfb-522 is a drumcomputer with a fully analogue sound engine that offers plenty of editing capabilities. it includes a step-sequencer with popular tr-style running-light-programming. memory locations are
available for 72 patterns as well as for 8 songs.
available edit controls:
bass drum [decay, tune, tone, level] - the bass drum can be programmed in two different lengths per pattern. it also offers and individual output.
snare drum [noise, tone, level] - rimshot [level] - snare drum and rimshot cannot be played simultaneously. however, they can be used in the same pattern. both instruments share the same individual
clap [attack, filter, decay, level] - the parameters allow setting the width and fullness of the clap sound. this sound also has its proprietary individual output.
tom/conga [tune, decay, level] - this sound source can be switched between tom and conga instruments. sounds programming allows setting of three different pitches.
cowbell [tune, decay, level] – clave [level] - tune for cowbell controls a detune-effect, while the pitch is set commonly with cymbal and hihat. cowbell and clave cannot be played simultaneously. however, they
can be used in the same pattern.
cymbal [tone, decay, level] - tune sets the pitch for cymbal, cowbell and hihat
open/closed hihat [decay, level] - open and closed hihat cannot be played simultaneously. however, they can be used in the same pattern. this sound source offers and individual output.
the step-sequencer allows programming of 72 basic patterns plus 72 fill-ins. the latter being associated to the basic pattern memory location, resulting in a two-bar-pattern when using the fill-in. patterns can
be combined to eight songs that each hold a user-definable sequence of up to 64 patterns. in addition to the instruments, a global accent-track is available. when set, the corresponding step will be played with
a higher or lower volume-setting in comparison to the standard level. the mfb-522’s sequencer offers three different steps of shuffling. a stereo output will carry all instruments minus those where individual
outputs are in use (bass drum, snare drum/rimshot, claps and hihat). using the midi-in, drum-sounds can be played with a keyboard or external sequencer. here, the sound sources act velocity sensitive. finally,
mfb-522 can be synchronized to incoming midi-clock.
9 analogue instruments
step-sequencer with 16 steps
25 controls for attack, decay, tone etc.
bass drum programmable in two lengths
tom/conga programmable in three pitches
memory locations for 72 patterns and 8 songs
the mfb-522’s dimensions are: 175 x 125 x 38/72 mm. the unit ships with a 12 volts power-supply.