Alesis MMT-8

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A standard and simple MIDI sequencer that is still used today by some of the biggest names in electronic music because of its simplicity, durability and reliability. It's simply a pattern and song based sequencer with 8 separate tracks. Each of these tracks can carry 16 channels of Midi info which makes this more like 128 tracks. These tracks can be muted during playback giving you a lot of performance control for a live situation. It's also a nice way for creating various breakdowns and builds in your music. Patterns can also be switched on the fly for true performance ability!

With external click inputs and Midi, the MMT-8 can be used to integrate your older drum machines or sequencers with Midi systems! Still you may not find much use for it in a studio, however, because using a computer to sequence these days is much faster and flexible. Similar to Roland's new grooveline, the MC-303, MC-505 and JX-305; the MMT-8 offers a fun method of performing sequences in a live situation that is ideal for DJs and musicians. It is used live by Orbital, Moby, Jimmy Edgar, Higher Intelligence Agency, Autechre, and Carl Craig.

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43 Visitor comments
July 17, 2014 @ 10:05 am
I wish I could retract my previous post. After learning how to use the Kawai Q80, I've soon realized how it runs circles around the MMT-8. Sure, the MMT-8 is easy to use, does loops, and mute/un-mute tracks, but the Kawai Q80 is tops! 26,000 note capacity, 32 tracks, loop capability, mute/un-mute tracks, disk drive,...oh my!
June 11, 2013 @ 4:30 am
Well, I´m sorry. If any moderator could please delete my 2 posts. I´ve just found out that this sequencer has between 9000 and 11000 notes capacity, thats really not much :-/
June 11, 2013 @ 4:27 am
Hello, could anyone one elaborate in detail the capacity in form of memory in this sequencer? Like 32000 notes, or 16KB, or 64000 events, whatever, anything in this direction would help me a lot. Thank you!
john hennessy
June 5, 2013 @ 9:52 am
I have an Alesis MMT8 and an Alesis Direct Midid to Disk/ Universal data storage both brand new in boxes that I purchased in the late 80s with a Kawaii Synthesiser. Does anyone know if the Alesis products still have any practical use or value. I played with the Kawaii but never took it to the next level and have been storing them for years.
May 28, 2013 @ 11:05 am
I lost my best work on the MMT-8 in the late 80s when a mains drop out occured in the middle of the night. In this case you must switch the power off and disconnect the AC adaptor. I forgot this and whole memory was lost. It was the grey version, now I have the black one. In any case very good machine for studio work and live gigs.
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    Alesis MMT8
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  • Specifications
  • Tracks - Eight Tracks
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 100
  • Memory - External cassette or midi sysex
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Multitimbral - 16 parts per track
  • Control - MIDI, tape sync in
  • Date Produced - 1987/88
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