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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Lee Mitchell a part-time user from England writes:
Bought mine from Ebay for £50 GBP... Superb sounding bit of kit! I will start with the drum sounds: Rich, defined and exactly what i was looking for, no good for techno/dance/house (unless rock/pop drums are what you are looking for), although the hats are superb for any genre really. The drum sounds on this module are superb for what im currently recording, like i and well defined...

The bass sounds:

Absolutly spot on, plently of realistic sounds and again rich and well defined. I have used them for a few tracks now and it is my first port of call for bass. The bass sounds cover a wide variety of genres, especially soul, funk, hiphop, rock and 80s electronic....

How would i sum up this module? Well, if you are looking for an 80s kind of sound, or straight forward bass sounds then this is for you, if you are looking for a very modern kind of sound then unless you want to sample and mess around layering the sounds then look else where. My MBD1.......gonna keep it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-10-2011 at 18:34
Mike a part-time user from Europe writes:
Really nice piece of gear. I was surprised how deep and clear this unit sounds. Loud snares, deep kicks, juicy basses, just hook up it with any (akai) hardware sequencer, and have fun. Works well with mpc pads. Price was just silly, 50 pounds (100$) in London. Must have for any kind of music, and it has "made in Japan' patch on a back....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-15-2008 at 14:02
JONLIBRA a part-time user from Argentina writes:
This unit is not user friendly, it's true. But the sounds are great! Specially the basses...pop, slap, finger, noises, jazz, latin: Patittucci, M. Miller, Abe Laboriel...different sounds and tastes. And the percussion instruments are very good -specially congas, tambourines-. The drums are very good too, many options of cymbals, deep kicks, decent toms, good snares. I really recomend it for the sounds. And it's not so hard to use it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-07-2003 at 22:03
Big B a part-time user from usa writes:
After 2 years of using this unit I am still impressed by the quality of its sounds. Granted the manual is not geared towards the inexperienced, but if you have used other midi gear in the past it shouldn't be difficult to figure out. My MBD-1 lives in rack in a small production facility, and it has yet to fail me both in sound quality, or function. Great unit! And the price can't be beat!!!!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-12-2003 at 10:07
Rob a part-time user from CA writes:
I gotta give this a 5 just for the quality sounds in this module. It may be a simple unit, but man does it have some great ingredients for HOT tracks. I love it. Get one if you can--they are going for less than $200 used. What a deal!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-21-2001 at 19:58
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