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
January 5, 2010 @ 11:51 am
Simply the best hansone hardware midi sequencer ever made. It can do evrything you want.
Frank Parente
September 16, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
I continue to use my mmt 8 all the time. I sequence basic tracks with it. Then I digitally record those tracks onto 2 stereo channels and I am left with 6 more tracks. This is done using a tascam digital 8 track recorder. Both these units cost me less than $500 combined. You can't beat that. I can then bounce all that to the computer via USB, and away I go.
Cesar V
September 5, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
...I remember Dubtribe Sound System used to perform with little machine!
August 20, 2009 @ 2:05 pm
For my money, the best hardware sequencer you can get..simple to use and rock tight
July 30, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
Simplicity and logic at it's finest. If only more equipment were designed like this. I remember the manual was all of 10 or 12 pages at most! Makes the learning curve of modern software sequencers look like Mount Kilimanjaro. If all you require is a basic sequencer with basic functionality then this is the one for you.
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    Alesis MMT8
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    Manual - Alesis have made manuals and program charts for many of their products available on-line, for free download as .PDF files!

  • 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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