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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Bazziman a part-time user from the Netherlands writes:
Ah, this is too good to be true. Bye, bye MC303 and other wannabe xox styled drum machines...

They should've included the 909 clap,cymbal and hats (sampled)...I'll mail Elektron about this.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-18-2002 at 08:43
mago a professional user from USA writes:
The MD never claims to be an 'emulator' for any drum box, especially not the x0x or SP-12/00. People who buy it thinking that are sorely missing the point. Yeah the 'TR" machine is 'inspired' by the TR-boxes, and the 'E12' machine is 'carries the tradition of...' the SP- and Simmons sample-based boxes, but Elektron isn't trying to fool anyone here - and the MD can go above and beyond what those old-school boxes can do (don't get me wrong, I love my SP-12 and TR-606, too). There simply has never been any other hardware drum synth in history with all these features. Period.

The sound is great. Anyone who has spent more than 3 weeks with this thing will know that. Like any good piece of kit, the more you dig in and program it, the better it sounds. It's not 'cold' unless you program it that way. You can get some very warm, snappy analog-ish sounds from this easily, but if you want analog drums, buy an analog drum machine. I've also got a Jomox AirBase and a Vermona DRM-1, but use this more. I've had it for over year, and I use it in one way or another on every track.

The price too high...? Come ON people. Short of buying a computer, what other box gives you this range of sounds + editability, full MIDI implementation, a great hardware sequencer, dynamics processors, assignable outs and ins, and regular OS updates...?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-07-2002 at 20:04
daniel jugle a professional user from U S of A writes:
Now there's no reason to own an MPC!!!!

Unless u want to be as lame as DJ Shadow

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-15-2002 at 19:23
Indicator a part-time user from Seattle, WA writes:
With the release of OS 1.12 all the known bugs are fixed, and patterns can now be switched with one hand, making live use a breeze. Believe the hype. This is the best drum machine available.

KK - You can keep all your gear, and your MPC2000XL. If you need all that gear to make your tunes, so be it. I'll do just fine with the SPS-1.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-10-2002 at 17:21
Steril a professional user from Germany writes:
I have to correct my earlier statement. Since i had the new easytweakable potis built in, the MD is a dream for using live...undoubtedly the best Drumsynthesizer around. nearly 50% of my Liveact is generated by the MD now and improving. Long live Elektron..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-03-2002 at 07:57
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