Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW MKII
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Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW MKII

Machinedrum SPS-1UW MKII, Drum Machine from Elektron in the Machinedrum series.

deud 04/06/2012

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW MKII : deud's user review

«  A concentrated magic »
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The audio and MIDI connectivity is sufficient in my opinion.
The effects are very good. Besides the possibility to develop them directly with p-locks.

The palette of sounds in synthesis is not bad. There's enough to make even though it remains well-typed. When I listen to some tracks of Autechre for example, I know right away when they put the MD in the sauce. After the potential modulation with LFO and p-locks can think outside the box. The possibilities of adding samples with this version removes all UW limit.
In terms of publishing, I'll talk more modulations. That is clear is not a sampler, but a drum machine with a sampler option. The sounds must be edited prior to your favorite samplers.

Level sequencer, it's great. I know the RS700 sequencers, and other software Mpc, and nothing is as intuitive, spontaneous and efficient than the sequencer Elektron. I'm not saying that other cities are bad, but for the live of the composition on the fly or traditional composition, this is really something else. An impression of limitless ...

UTILIZATION

Level and configuration parameters, to get used to the world Elektron. But after a period of hesitation, I quickly took my hand.

The manual is in English. No comment ...

The editions of sounds, bin, there's really no sound editors.
For effects, nothing difficult. It is intuitive I tell you!

SOUNDS

Sound level, it's for electronic music of any kind if we stick to the sound synthesis.
The sampler allows parcontre to do what you want. But do not expect to go to manage three samples, although the + drive can store more, you can manage only 2.5 MB of samples at a time. Need to reload a snapshot to change the samples, and thus stop the sequencer.
The specifications are arranged here: https://www.elektron.se/products/machinedrum-uw?section=specs

I make electronic music, so I'm thrilled, it sounds and that's all we ask.

OVERALL OPINION

I for one year. I had sequencers samplers such as mpc or rs7000. But for me, this is the must. I have also acquired the octatrack. And there it goes beyond what we can imagine.

It's a bit pricey though, but no, I have no regrets. I'll do it again, and again, and yet still ...

It's just a shame not to have more memory for samples. Anyway as I said, this is not a sampler. Besides, with my octatrack, this frustration is a distant memory ...