tripbeat or Manfred Fricke, hope you read this, as an owner of of the 503 and 522 I need to see a vastly improved product for me to a buy an all new MFB drum machine
for starters, the decay on the 522 is unacceptably short and severely limits the usefulness of this unit for my needs, so please improve the kick sound with a MUCH longer decay, and more tonal options like the Jomox MBASE11
secondly, and just as important, the interface and usability just isnt as good as it could be, compared to using my $100 Korg ES1 and ER1 using the MFB drum machines feel like a step back into the 1980s, and not in a good way. I paid $350 each for these machines and the build quality and user interface does not reflect this price.
do yourself and your customers a favor and try playing with an electribe for a few hours, and watch the video above, it made a lot of good mods to the 522, we need more lights and a faster, easier, more intuitive interface that makes for easy, on-the-fly pattern editing
I like both the products I bought, but I feel they should be much better and I would not recommend them to anyone based on the cheap build quality and bizzare user interface, wheras I recommend the ER1 to everyone, even though it is not analog and does not sound as good (the snare is a joke), its easier and faster to use and program beats.
I'm gonna wait patiently on this one. In the meantime I'll be crossing my fingers that the on-board sequencer will have CV clock/sync input like their Seq-01 module. Sick and tired of drifty MIDI clocks.
I don't mind a plastic chassis - It's the internals I'm worried about.
I think i'm pretty OK with the specs how it is, or do you mean assembly? The whole problem with the plastic MFB's, wasn't exactly the plastic itself but the fact you have to have midget hands to play it properly (and still).
I'd love to see a MFB in a proper housing. Really interested in this one.
Ive emailed back and forth with MF a few times, and Im fairly certain that while we may have to wait a while for the 523, it will be one of the two best analog drum machines on the market, only time will tell if its "better" than the Tempest but Im quite sure that will be its only real competition thats in production, and Im pretty sure most people will want to own both if they can afford to. The variety and variability of sounds are going surpass anything MF has done before and if everything goes according to plan, the sequencer should too (*fingers crossed on that part*). Im really hoping he is able to pull off a true classic.
Im fairly certain that while we may have to wait a while for the 523, it will be one of the two best analog drum machines on the market, only time will tell if its "better" than the Tempest but Im quite sure that will be its only real competition thats in production, and Im pretty sure most people will want to own both if they can afford to. T
I certainly intend have it along side my tempest to if it lives up to the complete lack of hype by MFB
I've given up trying to get new MFB stuff, at least in the states, but I know it's not easy distributing many units from such a small company. I would love to get a 523 though. I tried to get a Dominion X, but again, no distribution here :/