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Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 MKI

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The Machinedrum was a drum machine based on five original drum synthesis methods. With a razor sharp focus on percussion, it contained everything needed to create the perfect beat right out of the box.

The Machinedrum is a powerful and intuitive tool for creating percussion sounds and rhythm sequences. The Machinedrum is a music instrument that presents new methods for music synthesis and creation. It also traces its heritage to classic drum machines.

Percussion synthesis was a neglected area for many years. With the Machinedrum, we have incorporated the best ideas from the classic drum machines, using specially designed “machines” for many types of percussion, combined with new rhythm composing possibilities, to make it a state of the art drum synthesizer and sequencer.

The sample enabled Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKI, UW being an acronym for “UserWave”, inspiration was drawn from the 12-bit samplers of the 1980’s, for example the EMU SP-1200. The sound from these instruments were often very characteristic and had a punch and grit that can be hard to obtain today. Combining samples with the ease of use and flexibility that the Machinedrum environment vastly expands sound shaping possibilities.

The Machinedrum is built from three parts - the percussion synthesizer, the effect system and the percussion sequencer. The synthesizer holds 16 drum generating synthesizers - machines - simultaneously. Each of the machines is designed for creating a specific drum sound, such as bass drum or claves, from a set of parameters. A range of special machines are also available.

In 2007 Elektron introduced the UW version which adds the sample handling ROM and RAM machines. The effect system consists of the TRACK EFFECT system and the STEREO MASTER EFFECT System. The TRACK EFFECT system supplies various effects tied to each audio track. These effects can be used tightly together with the machines to form the sound. The STEREO MASTER EFFECT system consists of a delay, a reverb, an EQ and a dynamics compressor. These effects operate on the mixed main output signal. The percussion sequencer offers full control over the machines and the Track Effects.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Physical modelling, ROM, Sampling, Subtractive
Oscillators: 16
ROM Resolution: 24 bit, 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
Sampling: 12 bit, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 0
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 64
Patches ROM: 32
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
The track effects system consists of individual effects for all 16 tracks plus master effects (Reverb, Delay, EQ and Compressor).
16 tracks
128 x 64 step patterns
32 songs
4096 songs (+Drive models only)
Case: Desktop
Case Details: 16 pads for programming sequences and triggering sounds. Steel casing with brushed aluminium panel
Keyboard: Pads
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Sequencer, Tempo Knob, Velocity
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 128
Display Count V: 64
Dimensions (WxDxH): W 340 x D 176 x H 63 mm
Weight: 2.8 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 7
Inputs: 1/4" Input
Power: Output current: 3.5A maximum
Year Released: 2001
Year Discontinued: 2007
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.elektron.se
MSRP List Price: $1,349 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,249 - convert
Used Price: $400-$650 - convert

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