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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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southoffive productions a professional user from Detroit Mi writes:
Emu Mp7.......... emu a leader in drum machine design and production. I have quite a bit of emu modules and this table top boy is sweet for all the amatuers on here these machines have helped and or soley made million dollar tracks my advice is if you can get one if not all of emu modules such as planet phatt and orbit I have all except carnival which I will get soon. Look its good stuff to have any real producer or artist would say the same. Midi is an awesome technology and still on version n one so like some of these idiots get to know it understand it and use midi functions. I mean really. Live with some gay controller over usb yeah hey great for djs or kids but not pro audio by no means and sampaling is dead so learn how to play or program a box. Why not one of these.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-08-2011 at 15:56
Nev a hobbyist user from UK writes:
A small but important qualification to my earlier comments. I accidentally dropped my MP-7 - from all of two feet! onto carpet! - and it's totally died on me.

It might be a simple case of soldering a connection in the power supply, or it might be a hideously expensive repair job. I have no idea, as E-mu's attitude seems to be "send it to an authorised E-mu service centre, if you can still find one on your continent". Service manuals and spare parts seem to be well-nigh impossible to lay hands on.

Worth bearing in mind if you're planning on buying one for gigging.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-19-2008 at 17:49
SK1200 a part-time user from USA writes:
MP7 is pretty good. I've had mine for over 2 months now and it sounds pretty good, compared to other korg, roland or yamaha grooveboxes out there, this has to be the best sounding one. The filters are pretty good, you can shape each track, choose from hundreds of different sounds, copy, paste tracks, save over 500 custom patterns, sequence, this is very editable piece, you can add new roms. You need to read the manual to get the most out of it, but even learning is easy and fun. It gets a 5 cause it sounds good and is very useful tool for any type of music, especially hiphop, dnb, trance, etc...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-02-2007 at 19:00
Nev a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Excuse me? It doesn't sample so it's rubbish? I don't like the presets! Peel me a grape, I'm too lazy to use MIDI or program my own sounds.

After several years of working with software, I'm back to making music with hardware, and with the MP-7 I've got the best of both worlds - the tactile fun of a three-dimensional box of buttons, pads and knobs, and the flexibility of a comprehensive and versatile sequencer. And you can do things live with this device that you can only dream of with most software sequencers.

I got my MP-7 in a second-hand shop for £170 ($340), and added the X-Lead ROM for $70 ($140) via eBay. The Command Staions may no longer be made by Creative Labs/E-mu, but the E-mu tech support people in the UK seem happy to keep supporting the old hardware. An OS upgrade (v2) was downloaded and installed in minutes. The manual is huge, comprehensive and written by human beings (Yamaha take note).

A a compositional tool the MP-7 makes life easy even for a musical semi-literate like me. If you can count to 16 and understand basic chord structure you can program this, though I'd recommend an external keyboard with a couple of wheels of course.

For live pefrormance the MP-7 comes alive. You can change patterns, tweak parameters to your heart's content and punch several tracks in or out simultaneously, and use 16 tracks to control other MIDI gear too.

I had an MC303 once. What a waste of space that was. Great idea, lousy implementation. The E-mu Command Stations took the groovebox concept and made it work - decent memory space, plenty of responsive controllers, a ton of excellent sounds and expandability too, a powerful synth engine, and MIDI that works.

It was a sad day when E-mu retired from the standalone hardware market. Think what they could be making now!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-20-2007 at 21:09
Modulator (James) a hobbyist user from WALES (UK) writes:
Unlike the previous review my review for this machine is really aimed towards the actual unit itself and not the sound-set (if you want to know about the ROM sounds search for Mo Phatt/Turbo Phatt). Before I start its worth noteing that this machine can hold upto to 4 of any of the E-Mu Rom cards at once !! (128MB of sounds, all of which that I have heard are fantastically created to a professional quality).

I've only had this a couple of weeks and Ive come to the conclusion that this is one heck of a piece of hardware. I love using desktop sequencers and this is by far the best I've come across so far. Its 16 rotary knobs allow you excellent control over shaping your sounds, and they can also be used to adjust the pan and volume of the 16 track on-board sequencer.

The sequencer itself is brilliant. 3 modes to work with, which will suit anyones needs. And it has the ability to allow you to intricately go back into your sequences and adjust them bit by bit until everything is how you want it to be. Its as good as working with software sequencers for this level of detail.

Each rom gives you a fabulous amount of programable, multi-syncable arppegiators that make producing electronic music a breeze !!!

2 simultaneous effects can be used, and there are a good amount of individual outputs to route sounds for further processsing !

The pads are great for creating rhythms, but a keybaod is always best for anything more serious (on-board USB and MIDI options).

THIS IS A GREAT PIECE OF KIT ! I payed £175 for it, sold the ROM card for £85... So Ive payed £90 for a fantastic midi controller/sequencer that can be expanded, or used to control other sound modules !! Ive now got the Xtreme Lead, and Techno Synth ROMS installed, and now I'm looking to get the virtuoso ROM set and another ROM that offers more acoustic sounds (maybe the world expadition) !! 5 out of 5........ I WILL NEVER SELL IT !!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-07-2007 at 10:54
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