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 6, 2012 @ 12:04 am
I bought this on ebay for $25 months ago with the play and record buttons slightly faded, a dead internal battery and the track 4 LED light flickering once a while. It's a very good realtime sequencer without having to deal with the complexity of other sequencers. I've tried to use a Kawai Q-80 for its real time, step recording and internal disk drive, but editing is a pain to figure out. The MMT-8 is very easy to record and edit your tracks. For saving my files, I use an Alesis DataDisk connected via MIDI. Once that LED goes out, I can always solder on a new one. No dead buttons yet!
April 16, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
Does anyone here believe if I say I got a piece new, never used, with manual, power source, warranty, all original, sealed in original box? Well, I own one since 2007.
April 11, 2012 @ 12:30 am
Here's a virtual MMT-8 that works exactly like the original...PC-only I believe.
March 17, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Has anybody found a software based sequencer that works like the MMT8 in terms of its mulittrack pattern sequencing? I love the MMT8 and want to find any software that works like it--that is not linear.
February 18, 2012 @ 3:14 pm
Just brought mine out from storage. I'm debating selling it but started playing around with it again and I dunno ... this thing is super easy to use, I remember now. No boot up time, open the program, set up a track and port, *idea goes poof*. But, get an idea, turn on the MMT-8 and start recording. In 10 seconds.

Yeah it's gonna take some $$ to make me part with the MMT-8 with a light heart. Maybe I'll ask $500 for it. lol
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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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