Akai MFC42

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The MFC42 is a true analog filter module designed by Akai for their MPC-series gear. However, you can use it to process any sound source since it has basic 1/4" inputs and outputs and MIDI! It has genuine analog filters for that warmer tone with Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, and Notch filter types. It consists of a MONO filter section and STEREO filter section. The MONO section offers 2-, 4-, and 8-pole filter slopes. The STEREO section offers 2- and 4-pole filter slopes. The MONO 8-pole slope utilizes the whole filter circuitry so the STEREO section is not active. Likewise, the MONO section is inactive when the STEREO section is in 4-pole mode. But when both sections are used simultaneously, they can be linked so that the MONO filter's control knobs control both MONO and STEREO sections. The link can also be inverted so the two sections sweep in opposite directions.

Other features include one ADSR envelope for the filter's contour. This envelope can be triggered by MIDI and Trigger button, but not by audio unfortunately. The LFO is essential to bringing this filter to life! It has four waveforms including sawtooth, square, triangle and random. It can be synced to MIDI clock and can modulate to 16th, 8th, 1/4, 1/2, whole, double-whole, and triplet notes in tempo with your MPC (or MIDI) sequences! Or use the "Tap" button to tap in the tempo in real-time. A large numeric display shows the current tempo and there's also an EQ on-board for global sonic fine-tuning. Effects include a very harsh (in a good way) Distortion and stereo analog Phase Shifter. The ins-and-outs consist of three 1/4" inputs (mono/stereo), stereo phono (RCA) inputs, stereo 1/4" outputs, stereo phono (RCA) outputs, and MIDI in, out and through. All pertinent knobs and buttons can send and receive MIDI control.

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Clearly the MFC42 is for DJ's and musicians alike. It can be rack-mounted into any studio's rack, DJ's turn-table coffin, or specially mounted to any MPC60 through 3000. It's a perfect add-on for any MPC-user and is an affordable alternative to other Filter boxes such as the Mutator, Sherman Filterbank, Electrix Filter Factory, and Waldorf X-Pole.

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TMOQuantity
March 17, 2014 @ 5:47 pm
I've been using one of these a lot and I'm really enjoying it. Totally different beast from the Sherman Filterbank. I'd say this is more of a sound design tool where the Sherman's more of an instrument.

My one complaint is that you can't push more than one button at a time, so if you want to toggle more than one function at once you have to get used to pressing each button a split second after the last, otherwise they don't respond. I don't know if that's common to all of them or if a firmware update would take care of it, but mine does it. Not a huge inconvenience but not ideal.
Ben
February 15, 2013 @ 8:18 am
Im looking for the filter rack ears to rack my nord modular to the top of my MPC. Any suggestions?
Cheers B
Michael
June 26, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Love the unit. Best investment I've ever made for my MPC. I really don't like the look of thing above the MPC mounted on brackets as shown, looks kind of over the top, plus it makes it hard to use with other gear.
smoinync
April 21, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
Definitely a powerful unit, less aggressive than Sherman's. The mono + stereo in/out makes the unit itself more capable with various of audio sources. Haven't tried hooking it up with My MPC yet. But I soon will if it is necessary to do so.
Nate On Earth
April 14, 2012 @ 2:50 am
I have owned two of these units over the years and did not realize how much I appreciated them until they were lost to a impulsive quest for cash. Now I'm on the search again and they are no where to be found. If any of you out there are experiencing that impulse for cash, let me know.

the.pulkrabek@gmail.com
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear the MFC42 rip apart and turn inside out a simple stereo drum loop pattern, from Future Music issue 119.

  • Specifications
  • Filter Modes - Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, Notch
  • Filter Slopes - Mono Analog filter: 2-, 4-, and 8-pole slopes
    Stereo Analog filter: 2- and 4-pole slopes
  • Envelopes - ADSR Envelope
  • LFO - MIDI-syncable with sawtooth, square, triangle, random waveforms. Can modulate filter cutoff and/or resonance.
  • Effects - Distortion, stereo analog phase shifter, EQ
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (send/receive on 1 channel only)
  • Date Produced - 2001
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Akai Pro

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