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
March 23, 2011 @ 4:45 am
The only missing option in this sequencer - is missing overdub recording. Editing of recorded events is also a nightmare, especially when using Pitch and modulation wheels - and this will forces you to become a trained player. Otherwise, great sequencer, highly easy to use and very intuitive. Can be real workhorse for live gigs!
August 23, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
The heart of K-Lab Studios in the 90's for industrial band, Code Industry. Used on both their Method of Assembly and Young Men Coming To Power albums. A very useful sequencer.
July 10, 2010 @ 6:58 am
there's not alot more I can say that hasn't been said already, this thing is the perfect hardware sequencer. Well, it is very tempermental and I would recomend backing up all the midi data, but nevertheless amazing. So simple to programme and play, it may be ugly and spartan but it is so intuitive and gets the job done right every time. I use this live to control my alesis micron yamaha SU10, it is perfect for improvising builds and drops in the music and korg EA-1 mk II and I couldn't recomend it enough!
Brad R
July 2, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
I purchased one of these yesterday off CL for 10 dollars. It had been sitting in someone's garage for the past 20 years and therefore is in great shape, including box and manual. This is my first harrdware sequencer and it's very easy to figure out, considernig I'm not the most technically inclined person anyway. Lot's of fun, and I have only just scratched the service.
June 22, 2010 @ 8:11 pm
This was the "brains" for my Casio CZ-1 synth back in 1987. A very versatile sequencer for the day. Great for live shows as it was VERY light and portable! Also had a Roland SH-101 for live shows as well back then, but too bad the SH-101 didn't have MIDI so it could hook up to this.
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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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