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, 2013 @ 10:23 am
I have 2 MMT8's and had problems with memory total dump-loss before I started using a 'Voltage surge protect unit' to protect them. Fabulously simple and intuitive to program and use. Such a shame Alesis didn't make a full 16 channel unit. If you come across one then buy it as you wont be disappointed.
May 3, 2013 @ 10:14 pm
I've acquired two MMT-8s on ebay that appeared perfectly fine but both at some point just lost all contents of their memory whilst having been insufficiently backed up.
I can not recommend this machine to any person who cares about preserving his work for the future :/
"Realiable"? Certainly not according in regards to preservation of memory contents according to my experience.
March 25, 2013 @ 1:22 am
I bought a black (version 1.11 OS) model as defect. I had to change the battery (I used Taridan SL-750/P) and the capacitors. After that it has worked with no problems. It has a few quirks, like if you change to an empty pattern when playing, you can't select another pattern unless you stop the sequencer. However it is indeed a very nice little sequencer you can quickly fall in love with.
P Laskey
February 15, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
Got one of these yesterday. I used to have one when they came out - a black one! Ebay, ergo, not working. I opened it up, cleaned it - it smelt and was riddled with greasy muck - and discovered, from an old MMT-8 site, the major weakness was the conductive pads under the rubber buttons. I rubbed these with graphite (B pencil!), cleaned the PCB, and after a few false starts and a bit of solder, got it working. Breathtakingly simple thing, but it can do everything midi - why the hell don't they still make something like this?
November 9, 2012 @ 11:19 am
Way back in the 80s-86 top be exact-I was given an MMT8 to replace a faulty Yamaha. But the MMT8 was faulty too- no power! So I took it back and they gave me another one...and THAT was faulty as well! Apparently the early MMT8s were notoriously unreliable, ditto the HR16 drum machine. So beware.
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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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