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
September 25, 2012 @ 8:49 pm
To bill x: been awhile since your post so don't know if you figured it out yet. Two modes-song and part. record in part mode then link parts as songs in song mode. From part mode, press play and record together and away you go.
Bill X
July 28, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
Hi everybody,

I've just bought a MMT-8. It turns on, but on display appears the writing:
I've read the manual and tried all the ways to reset the machine but no way.
Every button I push, nothing happens. Is there anybody who could help me?
Thanks and sorry for my poor english.
terry kelling
July 2, 2012 @ 9:42 am
Tried the link for the VMM8 but there's no way (i can find) to download it. Anyone managed it?
June 17, 2012 @ 5:54 pm
LED ER EST from Wierd and Sacred Bones Records also use this.
May 27, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
There was a black version also, that one had a updated eprom. I'm not sure what bugs the update fixed but if I were going mmt way I'll look for the black box.
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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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