E-mu MP-7 Command Station

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The cool looking MP-7 is a desktop sequencer module version of E-mu's Mo’Phatt HipHop and R&B sound module. You may recall that the Mo’Phatt module itself was a new and improved Urban Dance and Hip Hop synth based on the popular Planet Phatt module. Like the Mo’Phatt, the MP-7 uses the same sample-playback synthesis engine as E-mu's Proteus 2000 sound module. The MP-7 and all its Urban sounds and beats can also been found in a sleek keyboard version called the MK-6 Mo’Phatt Keys.

Sharing its sounds and specs with the Mo’Phatt, the MP-7 has 128 voices of polyphony like the Turbo Phatt. It ships with one 32 MB ROM soundset, called "Pure Phatt" and it is full of brand new and classic Hip Hop type sounds, from basses and synths to drum kits, scratches, vinyl effects and more! The MP-7 has 3 additional slots for adding more, up to 128 MB, of E-mu's 32 MB ROM soundsets from E-mu's family of genre based sound modules, keyboards, and desktop groove machines.

What sets the MP-7 (and the XL-7 Techno/Dance version as well) apart from its sound-module and keyboard versions is its built-in MPC-style sequencer. If you find the rack-mount sound modules too constricting to work with, and don't have room for another 61-note keyboard, the desktop sequencing all-in-one Command Station may be what you need. There are 13 large velocity and aftertouch sensitive pads which can be used to play notes, chords or drop in drum sounds. Sequences can be recorded in real-time, step input, or grid-styled classic TR drum-machine style programming. Patterns can be up to 32 bars long each, there is quantization, overdubbing features, and synth parameters can be automated in pattern and song modes.

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There are 16 front panel real-time controllers for automating parameters in your tracks, or just for easy hands-on access to programming your sounds. Mute/Enable Track buttons allow you to add or remove patterns on the fly. The sequencer has full-blown MIDI implementation as well, supporting up to 32 MIDI channels. Use the MP-7 as a sound module or sync it up to other MIDI equipment. You can control its built-in sounds and external devices simultaneously! Many rhythmic synth parameters (LFO, envelopes) are Tempo/MIDI syncable too. There's even a cool real-time assignable touch strip ribbon controller. Unfortunately, the sequencer stores up to 1024 patterns and 512 songs.

Other great features it shares with its sister sound modules and keyboard versions include 32 simultaneously available arpeggiators with all the basic patterns plus up to 300 preset and user patterns! Two effects processors offer up the standard batch of reverb, delay, chorus, flange and distortion, and there are also digital 12 pole resonant filters. There are six outputs and a digital S/PDIF output, USB port, and a new BNC 12V lamp socket for lighting up the unit while using it on stage or alongside the DJ's turntables! On the stage or in the studio, Mo’Phatt has been the professional's choice for Hip Hop sounds and beats. Now the MP-7 gives musicians and DJs alike an MPC-style take on working with the proven sounds of E-mu's genre based Urban synths!

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Current E-mu sound modules ship with one 32 MB sound-set each, but are expandable up to 128 MB via three additional slots for 32 MB expansion cards. These cards include (ranging from $249 to $395):

  • 9061: Siedlaczek Orchestra 32 MB ROM.
  • 9062: Pure Phatt 32 MB ROM - standard in Mo’Phatt, MP-7 and MK-6.
  • 9063: Beat Garden 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9082: Protozoa 16 MB ROM - standard in Proteus 1, 2, 3.
  • 9083: Definitive B-3 32 MB ROM - standard in B-3.
  • 9084: Techno Synth Construction Yard 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9085: Orchestral Session Vol. 1 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9086: Orchestral Session Vol. 2 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9087: World Expedition 32 MB ROM - standard in Planet Earth.
  • 9088: Sounds of the ZR featuring the Perfect Piano 32 MB ROM - standard in Ensoniq Halo.
  • 9089: X-Lead 32 MB ROM - standard in Xtreme Lead-1, XL-7 and XK-6.

With these expansion options, you could buy a PK-6, then add the sounds of the Orbit 3, XK-6, and the MP-7... or any other combinations you may want. If you like desktop synths, you can start with an MP-7 or XL-7, and then add these same expansion card options to add Proteus, Orchestral, or the new Halo sounds to them. E-mu/Ensoniq's interchangeable sound cards and a variety of keyboard/sound-module options means that there's a model out there for everybody now.

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27 Visitor comments
December 9, 2009 @ 10:03 pm
Lightpipe is a digital signal format. Allows you to keep your digitally generated material digital if you are sending the signal to another digital device, rather than have it converted to analog out, then sent into an analog in and converted back to digital (when using a recording interface, for example.) The fewer conversions, the better.
August 27, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
To the last poster,

Here is a source for your volume pcb board problems:

http://www.eprelectronics.com/store/html/Products/E-mu-Drum-machine~Com ma/E-mu-Command-Stations/index.html
August 17, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
I just got one of these second hand and the master volume knob won't work. I opened it up and pcb board around the pot is broke (sure I could find a new pot but would rather just control the volume via midi from my novation remote. Can I do that It says I can in the manual but I know nothing about setting up midi. Anyone help me out? maybe a preset for the remote or a link to some info on how to set up midi routing.

Volume Bn 07 vv

That's the control message for the volume found it in the manual I'm confused at how to tell my novation remote le to send a message to it.
March 10, 2009 @ 9:26 pm
I need to correct 2 comments.
1. Pitch ribbon can be set to zero. aka: off. Assign to taste.
2. Erasing is super easy. Hold 'erase' - press track to kill. Done.
You don't even have to press stop to do it. Few functions require a stop for that matter.
What a great sequencer! 2 midi outs, multichannel tracks - assign ONE track to contain data for all midi channels at once - very cool for evolving and layering melodies over time for a single patch.
Or - you could set all tracks to one channel and have a different performance on each track... super flexible midi routing. This thing was MADE to drive external gear!
Best grid programming ever.
Subtractive synth engine sounds great... even (especially) using standard square/saw waves. It made my MKS50 redundant. It sounds that good.
Big Steve (SF)
January 28, 2009 @ 4:02 am
Hands down, its a DOPE machine!!!
I make hip hop and rap beats and have owned a few MPC's, but the MP-7 -IMO-is one of the sickest Beat Boxes.
Very, very easy to use, once you get the hang of it. (HUGE manual BUT reading the manual is HIGHLY advised!!)

Its sound set is geared towards Hip Hop and Rap, but can be expanded to cater to most genres with the addition of the expansion roms.

This is not your average drum machine, this one contains the crisp drum and percussion sounds that you'd expect from a drum machine as well VERY usable instrument sounds.

Not to mention, when you connect it to a midi keyboard you have a beast on your hands!

Debating?.......Get one.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices
  • Oscillators - 32 MB "Pure Phatt" Hop soundset (expandable to 128 MB via 3 additional ROM expansion slots), Sample-Playback with Z-Plane filters
  • Effects - 24-bit dual stereo-effects processor with 29 reverbs types, 15 delay types, 8 chorus types, 7 flange types, 5 distortion types
  • Filter - 50 types of 6th- and 12th-order Z-plane filters
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 16 tracks, 1024 patterns (up to 32 bars each); 512 songs; 300,000 note capacity; 384 ppqn resolution
    Arpeggiator: 32 Simultaneously available arpeggiators with up, down, up/down, forward assignable, backward assignable, forward/backward, random, 200 preset patterns, 100 user patterns
  • Keyboard - 13 velocity and aftertouch sensitive pads
  • Memory - 512 ROM, 512 user
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (32 channels); Import/Export Standard MIDI File Type 0 and Type 1; USB port
  • Date Produced - 2001
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