M.F.B. MFB-503

M.F.B. MFB-503

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MFB-503, Drum Machine from M.F.B..

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M.F.B. MFB-503 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: M.F.B.
  • Model: MFB-503
  • Category: Drum Machines
  • Added in our database on: 06/01/2007

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M.F.B. MFB-503 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 4 reviews )
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vivija's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent but ...."

M.F.B. MFB-503
Midi, audio out

no effects but you can set various parameters inherent to each sound.

Although suffisement sounds and kits (the kick are violent)


Very easy to use, the mode a / b allows you for example to create a measure of break in "b" and give the order to your liking to play it or not!

the manual is two pages as in any self-respecting Article MFB

Shuffle 2-2 and in synch ok ok

can mutate all the sounds by pressing the volume knob if I remember correctly.
NOT just for the kick??? but why so much hatred?

And no CLAP ... Allo Allo but not what you got a drummachine but you do not have to clap ... you get me?


for me it is well-typed Techno, House, hardcore etc.
kicks are 100% Ben-Hur well-viou viou (as the rest of the way)

I love CY when the shuffle as it should with the decay is magic!

Realistic it is eg a criterion for the guys that make the non-electronic music for us because this is what gives it its charm! you imagine Robert Hood with a real kit Mapex or Pearl? lol lol


I used it for a long to make Accciiid and ç'est perfect raw dirty and nasty with a pair of nuts like we did more!

I have a friend who lent me 522 good! CLAP with \ o /

I looove kick, although almost tweekables toms to the bass line (sisi)

The thing I like least .... NO CLAAAAAAP

I sold mine there's not too long and sometimes I admit I sobbing a little when I think about his beautiful CY

cheap I bought cheap I sold

Jx3's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Groove box"

M.F.B. MFB-503
Midi in, basic but effective implementation twelve o'clock
All small buttons, I have small fingers
A lumberjack must see ...
Is minus, but I see it as an advantage in the fact that this is an argument when making the choice to take this BaR.
A midi out would have been a + undeniable
I think it is well designed in that what it seeks.
Plenty of room for memory patterns, kits, songs (1 song = 128 patterns!)
No, we must face the facts, this is damn good


In 25 minutes I almost went around the machine, create a pattern, configure noon, edit sounds, mutes, create a chaining patterns, separate outputs, assign a shuffle ...
I allemenad the manual, but a simple consultation at Mfn allow to have the English manual .. tried in French, I'm English so I do not care.
Moreover, making the music seriously today without mastering English?
Honestly who rattle is complicated because contol never put his hands in machines of high and ultra full range ..
There is no secret, a good machine is hard to access functionality from the power it brings.
And the mfb is very simple and very complete in its effectiveness.


There is definitely the highlight.
I did not encounter excessive breath. Nothing embarrassing, and I also boosts the edge of the console quite dramatically because it really sounds like it excellently well
The stereo output is very strange, the pan is centered on the left .. if I take a single mono jack everything is in order ... inconstancy of mfb I suppose, quite incomprehensible.
Must be found combined with mfb, but I find it funny, it may be a way from Manfred Fricke stay in the philosophy of "do it yourself", the semi-industrial scale?
However, what comes out of the speakers is really great, I want to emphasize. Both sharp, kitsch, nostalgic, imperfect, and very inspiring.
She's doing great on drum & bass beats. If there is behind some processing, compression, reverb little air, delay unstructured and well placed, it sounds really hell.
You have to see it to this machine it is: excellent sound universe in cheap and affordable. A good zicos with specific ideas can do wonders with this machine.


What can I say?

Objectively, for this price, it is a dream. Sequencer ala you know, big potential sound interface very simple but proven.
If I could go Manfred week, and give a few tips:

* Midi out
* Double the size (or even triple, although the compact is an advantage), design and ergonomics as a mixer ... a track, an instrument, a row of parameters, output .. you know what I mean
* Encoders, this is the crap, everyone knows why they are bent all to the intégerer in their bikes?
* A good old 12db filter assignable track.

I think there is now working elsewhere. it's all very exciting ...

The final word is that this beatbox in terms of sound, is the most honest that I was given grind for the price. And it's not just the price in these cases

dussson's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M.F.B. MFB-503
MFB website:


Super boring to use. Write a pattern, edit sounds, play a patten in mutant instruments, nothing is practical.
I'm not too stressed this is not true, but it is clear that this is not a success.
Midi to the limit.


So this is where it hurts the most ... I do not like the sound at all! The kick and toms are analog plastics, lack depth, hihats and cymbals sampled are tiresome. The snares to 909 is not bad but I find such lack of potato.


Come on, I know some people like it, it's true that I have tested let's say a week before selling it, so it's a matter of taste we agree (except for the use very boring anyway).
I have a lot of analog drum machines (MFB 522 I love a lot) or PCM (TR 707, Casio RZ1) or analog modeling (ER1), and there for me MFB crashed!
I may not be the audience for this machine, but I would suggest if you can try before you buy, because this box does not necessarily fulfill its promises.
Alex Alder01/21/2009

Alex Alder's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M.F.B. MFB-503
Small, tiny box with analog rhythm of tiny buttons.
Midi in, three stereo output jack which one.
Bass drum, snare, 3 toms, cymbals, OH, HH, fully ditable via midi.

Attack, pith, overdrive, tune, decay on the bass.
Tune, pitch, decay and noise on the snare.
Decay and mix on the OH and HH cymbals.

Squenceur TR.


The edition sounds simple, programamtion by the cons ...
I use it with a midi drum map so the blow is more simple because the manual 3-page A5 is not very clear.


Sounds appropriate to me very well, but not all GPs ... FAT for such a small box! The bass is fairly standard, the snare is not bad, no claps on the other hand ... dommage.Les toms are nice can have them sound like congas and cowbells see can even edit in the bass line!
Other sounds are samples, but ditables, they are much like cymbals TR 808.
It's analog-sounding, some fun to compare the BAR Rolland ... a diffrence is certain: the price! It's more expensive than chopp samples on the net or as VSTS, but the difference is that the living, powerful, warm, and very typ.
Cons is not by sounds that are suitable for all styles of music for the Lectronic is great for rock ... er ... must see.


It's been 3 or 4 hours I'm on it! And I'm pleasantly surprised!
The only major weakness in this box seems to be its fragility it is very small and while plastoc ...
I availing oneself of a TR 707, nothing to see ... I like the 707, but it really is colder than this little trick. I used a lot of bar analog samples before, and with the MFB 503 that is bygone era ...
It costs 250 euros, I think that was worth taking the risk, even if it seems all cheap. I would sign in a few months to tell you if it holds up ...

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