All user reviews for the Akai Professional MFC 42
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AlanForPresident's review"rack it with your mpc"
Getting started with it was fairly easy, I didn’t even have a manual for it and had no problem just mesing around with the knobs and seeing what kinda cool sounds I could get out of it. You have a few different types of channels , Low, High pass, band pass and notch. Also the speed of the LFO is controlled by the “rate” knob. The Aka MFC 42 also syncs up to your MPC’s midi clock too so the timing will be right on. Some times it didn’t seem like the MFC42 had a mind of its own and I was difficult to get it to quite doing some effects. But that could have been something that I did wrong and because I didn’t have a manual for it at the time I had no idea what was going on.
The sound quality is amazing and it provides a very bright colorful sound. The filters really bring out some cool effects in some of the chops and samples that I use. Since I have been using this for a few years now, right around 4 years I have used up all of the filters maybe too many times at this point but I don’t care because it just sounds so darn good.
Overall, if you have an MPC you must have this. Akai MFC 42 was built for the MPC users.
FP User's review
As mentioned, excellent interface design.
It's built like a tank.
I got it when Guitar Center mistakenly reduced their price for a blowout sale. It's an analog filter module. It has two inputs, mono and stereo, though they're both mixed together to the stereo outputs. First of all, the interface design is sublime. Signal flow pretty much moves from left to right, with modifiers being on the far left so you don't wonder why something is behaving the way it is. Knobs you tweak often are larger, and protrude more than others. Knobs you tweak fairly often are medium-sized, and knobs of specialized functions are the smallest of all. Variable choices (filter modes) are on buttons or toggle switches. Excellent. All buttons light up to let you know if they're selected or not. So... the sound? It's not too colored, which is good if you're filtering a whole mix. The filter doesn't have the same character as, say, a Moog or a Roland SH filter. It offers choices between 12dB/oct., 24dB/oct., and 48dB/oct.(only available on the Mono channel). It's got a phaser (decent, though not too very wide), and a distortion effect (evil or off. Two options.) There's an LFO, and an envelope (which can be triggered via MIDI), though both can't be used at the same time. Also, a major shortcoming: though the LFO rate can be synchronized to MIDI, the phase of the LFO cannot. For instance, if you have, say, a sawtooth wave selected for the LFO, there's no guarantee that the starting point of the wave will be on the beat, though the tempo will be constant. Too bad. Also, the effects (distortion and phaser) will be applied equally to both the stereo and the mono channel. Best, then, to think of this as a single unit with flexible input options. -Hoax
It's pretty nice, and can be used in any number of contexts. I put the stereo filter in notch mode, modulate it with an LFO, then turn the phaser on, and it's a supa-warm and organic effect for electric piano.
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Cruel Hoax ( 1-, 2004)
1 people found this review helpful
FP User's review
Price paid: $250.00
It's best use is to just filter records and make basslines. Usint MIDI on it is a real PAIN.
you can run over it and it'll laugh at you--BUILT FORD TOUGH!
LO'S---real good for making basslines and filtering samples. Can clear up sample quality.
Only used it on a few songs--if u got the money get it--if not--you don't need it--get another keyboard or something
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: bhardman ( 6-, 2005)
4 people did not find this review helpful
laurent BERGMAN's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"
Configuration very easy 1 button = 1 function. The manual is rather well done and detailed, with examples of configurations covering most uses. The facade is very clear. Perfect for studio use.
The filters are really good, soft and warm. The treatment is very musical. The LFO can be synchronized with MIDI rendering excellent (4 waveforms with complete division values or triplet) and its function as phase change is also effective.
I just wish the poor quality of the distortion (which may be helpful to emulate the sound of a 303) I do not use very little and in this case, in homeopathic doses. The EQ section is sorely lacking musicality to my taste, I prefer to use a dedicated EQ, even that of the mixer before sending the signal to the filter.
It is ideal for treating groups of synths and drum loops. I also used as envelope follower (A, D, S, R) on digital synths, even on analog modeling synths, filters found them a bit too cold and some artificial sounds.
The whole production is very good (the knobs can be a bit sensitive), it is truly ergonomic, all parameters can be sent and received via MIDI, including all parameters (send scene) that can be sent a block for total recall early song to find its settings (which is really handy). Side connections is very complete: Jack 6.35 (-10dB / +4 dB), RCA (Line / Phono) and MIDI trio. It is more musical and detailed than the Electrix Filter Factory and sweeter than Sherman. One can only regret the distortion a bit sloppy and lack of musicality of EQ, without these two weaknesses this filter could be flawless from AKAI.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
D-Djoul's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I'm used to the studio, mainly on rhythmic phrases, trs rarely live. For me this filter is designed to be used carefully in studio setup because I find it very intuitive, unlike the ELECTRIX filterfactory. Still worse, but diffrent is something else, another aproach the filtering work.
Well, the sound is good but I confess that I prfre filterfactory the standard ringing. The akai is softer, more diffuse. on the other hand I think the distortion is great and even necessary, it is really good and for those like me who works plutt rhythm loops, essential. >> We would have an overdrive prfr lowest ... nimporte what! <<Same for qualo which serves me well. The phaser is good.
This is a good filter for me more studio east you will understand. I do not regret my purchase considering the price (of the 150th OCCAZ, but like new). I am against the ct's very intuitive of the machine, of course it works is simple, but how to say, I find it a bit "rigid" me. In any case the filterfactory sounds much better but is more basic.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
olix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
All knobs send MIDI messages
Very easy to use, very clear manual
Sounds personally, this is not the Sherman
we must try
Jl'utilise from + a year
It can send scenes settings
It is unjustly overlooked, I love it!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful