Machinedrum - Still relevant or a nostalgia piece?


#41

I love my AH, and I would venture to say that these two together would sound awesome – blow out your speakers awesome.

I bid $700 on an MD mkII on ebay back in 2013 or so on a whim, and won. It was either the first, or one of the first real machines that I bought, and the first elektron. Needless to say, I was a little overwhelmed by the functions and possibilities. I ended up selling it about a year later. Part of me regrets that decision, but the past is the past. I’ve bought and sold way more gear in the interim, but if I still had the MD, I’d definitely be using it. Of course, I’ve returned to the fountain of elektron in the past year or two, so I’m a little biased! However, there’s a lot of bang for your buck in there. The freely assignable LFO’s are a huge plus.


#42

Nope. That was a temporary offer, many years ago. It was around €300-400, don’t remember exactly. And that was pre +drive times, so I’m still stuck with just 128 patterns memory. Yes it fills up regularly…


#43

Please free us from this 7 bit prison already…


#44

I’m almost 40 too… :wink:


#45

I always run my MD through my Rytm inputs. layering em together is a dream


#46

MIDI 1 has always offered 14bit resolution, which is more than enough, it is up to synth manufacturers to take advantage of this.


#47

MIDI 2 will be backward compatible with MIDI 1.


#48

will MIDI 2.0 enforce manufacturers to install the jacks the same way? always fun turning the plug one way, then the other, then “nope, maybe I had it right before…? oh wait…! it’s installed sideways! really!?!”


#49

As long as nothing else sounds like the Machinedrum, the Machinedrum will continue to be relevant.


#50

Man, that was really cool


#51

I agree with BeardyJack, the UW version is much more capable as a sound exploration tool.


#52

At the end of this video, I sampled the entire output of my song, including the MM incoming signal. Muted all the tracks and trigged the sample in x00x00x0 x00x00x0 beat and went filtery and echoy. Had a little fun with start point too. Nice trick to move to the next song in a live performance or break up and flip the beat.


#53

No individual outs for the MD then?


#54

I’ve had my Machinedrum for a little over 2 years and I’m still finding new tricks to coax weird percussion out of it. I usually use it for more 808 / 909 style sounds and it does great! It is still relevant for sure. A few things I’ve learned over the years.

  • The Dynamix Compressor can drastically change the feel and overall sound of a pattern

  • CTR-al feature makes it easy to come up with different drum kits quickly , do drum fill transitions, or just get crazy weird sounds.

  • The CTR-GB and CTR-RE can automate the delay and reverb settings.

  • Layering machines / samples is key to get sounds to pop a little more

  • Combine real-time RAM record and playback with CTR-AL and enter into a whole new world of glitcy layers

The MD does have a distinct digital flavor to it, which I don’t mind. I usually run it through some distortion / saturation Vst or reduce the bit rate on it to take some of the digital edge off. You can RAM record and play back to have the sound go 12-Bit lo fi.

MD is also very to the grid, so best for 4/4 stuff. I make break beat, ambient, and techno therefore I am fine. You can RAM record loops and adjust the start points to get a more OFF the grid feeling

Once you’ve built your muscle memory with it, it is easy and fast to come up with great patterns. Hard to do tonal / chromatic stuff with it, but not impossible. I’ll never sell mine!


#55

Only 6 of them (not including headphones).


#56

Doh, i responded to nirun´s post where he said he routes his md through the rytm…


#57

Totally agree on the muscle memory. Once that is down, jamming gets so much more fun and interesting.

I made an entire hip hop album on the MD and think it’s a very versatile machine for all generes, not just techno. Tho it does certainly excel at that.


#58

link plz? I’ve always thought the MDUW is possibly the most criminally slept-on device for hip-hop beatmaking - something I used to do more often but haven’t focused on in some years


#59

Def! its got a strong vein and is def something that can bring something new.

I used the SP303 vinyl sim to master it so it gets a little lofi quality that it needed. But the beats bang loud in venues.


#60

Aslo, one thing I always find helpful when loading in drum hits is leave just a little silence before it so if you want a little offset from the strict grid but not swing, you can get that.