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
May 4, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
you are correct to hook the Oxygen 'OUT' to the MMT-8 'IN'..
then connect the MMT-8 'OUT' to the Nanosynth.

here's the mystery.. turn on the MIDI Echo on the MMT-8. when the Echo is on, the data being sent to the 'IN' gets passed through to the 'OUT', allowing you to hear your playing of the Nanosynth in realtime.

e.b. :)
March 25, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

to solve this problem either:

1.) Keep the Oxygen sending midi into the mmt-8, run the
mmt-8 midi out to your nanosynth, then the midi through to any other module or keyboard that receives midi so tha you can hear the notes while recording them. then when you play it back you will hear those notes playing through the nanosynth.

2.) buy a midi merging box (not a through box). Midi Solutions makes these. merge the out and through signals from the mmt-8 into the box and then to the nanosynth.
March 18, 2010 @ 1:48 am
I also have questions on how to hook up an MMT-8, Oxygen 8 MIDI keyboard and a nanosynth module? I want to sequence the sounds on the nanosynth in realtime. so far this is what I have tried: Oxygen (MIDI out) to MMT-8 (MIDI in) and MMT-8 (MIDI out) to nanosynth (MIDI in) this mode I can hear the notes I have recorded but I can hear any notes in real time un less I connect the MIDI Thru on the MMT-8 to the nanosynth MIDI in but it wont playback the notes.
March 11, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
It is a fantastic machine, but how exactly do you hook up more than one synth at a time to it since just one synth requires both the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT?
March 8, 2010 @ 11:47 am
1st hardware seq that I every used... Classic!
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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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