Follow up question:
Are the MFB drum machines like the 808 in that the kick doesn't sound exactly the same every time (slightly different as a result of the analog circuit)?
The 503 has two kicks, one is more airy and could be shaped into an 808 like kick, the other is big and fat wit a nice attack. The snare is great. I love the hugeness of the sound.
Great for live use and if you can get the midi in working you can make these drums sound huge in live!
No clap on the 503, no worries, they have a dope snare, with the clap of the 522, which is really nice, it sounds great.
I recommend a moto mikrolite for keeping the drum machines in sync with each other and other analog gear (mini brute, waiting eagerly...
If I was a DJ I'd consider this a steal....you can do creative live work and if anything ever fell apart kick off a sample pattern and keep the dance floor moving! The previous poster is so right on, this would sound great over a PA. I'm bringing it into live hot, running it through some tape and EQ and kick ass. Its nice having the BD and SD out, they are the two sounds I would want to treat seperately on this unit....the hhat is dope but I think they did the best with this small format.
MFB may have had a bad rep, I don't know, but I've made more music in he 48 hrs since the 503 came in....the beats make rapper wanna just freestyle.
Manual sucks....if there is any "users for users" manual out there that would be great. The 16 sequence buttons have to be pressed with the kit, instr, song, or pattern, to go into different modes or change pattern, weird interface, just can't wait to get the midi in going so I can edit the sounds.
I just bought the mini brute and its hard to say which unit gave me more bang for the buck. But with the two of them I can rock a party all night.