MFB-522 and a Boss BX800

This months issue of Sound on Sound has reviews of the MFB-522 and 503 drum machines. The 522 is sort of a Roland TR-808 clone. It is full analog and in the ballpark but really sounds like it’s own machine. I’ve have a lot of music on my to do list and because I’m using a lot of analog hardware these days I decided to put a mini studio on my dining room table. The heart of it is the 522. I also have an old Boss BX800 mixer from the 80s. I have fond memories of the way it distorted. Unfortunately after playing with it a bit I ended up switching it out to a new Yamaha MG102c. The kick’s attack is much sharper on the new mixer and that’s very important to me. The 522 has individual out, lots of knobs to control the sounds, a fill pattern and it’s fun to program. Check out the little video above of my MFB in action. You can hear it has a nice tight groove and how fun the fill is. The video was recorded with an iPhone though the iPhone’s speaker with the audio coming from a TDK Boombox. There is a suped up version of the 522 called the 523 coming this year. You can buy a 522 for $425 USD.

“MFB-522 is a drumcomputer with a fully analogue sound engine that offers plenty of editing capabilities. It includes a step-sequencer with popular TR-style running-light-programming. Memory locations are available for 72 patterns as well as for 8 songs.” – mfberlin.de

For more info: mfberlin.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:25 am, filed under drum machine and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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4 Responses to “MFB-522 and a Boss BX800”

  1. I’ve heard the sound quality of these is nice and I like what I hear in your video. My question is: How much sound sculpting possibilities are with this machine in terms of synthesis? Is it ok dry or do you prefer some kind of effects chain with it? Individual outs is crucial!

  2. They seem hard to find. I can’t seem to find a dealer in the USA that has one in stock. Any idea when the 523 will be released?

  3. Chris says:

    looks like they are available through the MFB site. 340 USD with shipping!
    http://www.mfberlin.de/Produkte/Musikelektronik/MFB-522/MFB-522e/mfb-522e.html

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