Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW
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Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW

Machinedrum SPS-1UW, Schlagzeugmaschine from Elektron in the Machinedrum series.

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Goum Le Chat 11/01/2008

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW: Produktbewertung von Goum Le Chat (content in English)

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<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span> What connection types are there (audio, MIDI...)?</span>
Midi in, out, thru, headphones out, 6 separates mono outputs (from A to F, A+B can be used as stereo main out) and two in that can be used as trig.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span> How many different sounds and/or styles available?</span>
You have about 9 synths (GND, TRX, EFM, E12, P-I, MID, INP, CTR, ROM and RAM) divided in machines. Machines can be bassdrum, snare, audio in, external/internal midi controller... tons of stuff.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Can they be edited? Through a Mac/PC utility software?</span>
Elektron made C6 for sysex and samples transfert. You can dump all your kits and patterns, or juste some of them. And for the UW version, you can sand/receive samples in the rom section.
Some people created editors made to work in a musical way.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Is there an effects section?</span>
Each track have his own FX page, with a two-band filter, a sample rate reducer, a eq thing and a modulator fx that gives something close to ring modulation. Via the routing page, you can send each track to reverb and delay included in the MasterFX wich also contain a compressor and a multi-band eq. But the MasterFX only works in main out mode.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>What are the features/Characteristics of the sequencer?</span>
It's a Tr-like with avanced features : a swing for groovy patterns, the setting is global but you can set the swing steps for each track. Same thing for the accent. Also a mute mode.
Sequencing md is all about the parameter lock. It makes you able to set different machine settings for any step of any track... it is simple to use, and powerfull. There is a slide function that you can activate for any step for all track at once or for each track.
And sound become powerfull and versatile in way you often can't imagine. Seriously.

UTILIZATION

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Is the sound or effects editing easy?</span>
Oh yeah. This machine is made for live and on the fly work. You can edit everything and hear the result in real time. For each track you got three pages : synth, wich is specific for each machine, efx page and routing page wich is the same for all track. In routing page, you can set the amount of disto, volume, pan, reverb/delay send, lfo speed/depth/mix.
16 lfo, one per track that can be routed the way you like (yes, you can rout 16 lfo to one track), set the speed, the depth, choode one of the 6 waveforms + the same waves reversed. For each lfo you can use two waveforms at once with the mix function, working like a crossfader.

SOUNDS

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Do the sounds suit your style of music?</span>
Yep. Made for various kind of electronic music. With the sampler... why note make drum'n bass? Nothing is impossible.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Are they realistic?</span>
Nope, but you can use samples, so...

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>What do you think about the effects?</span>
Good, pretty good. Simple and effective.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Is the expressiveness acceptable? (touch sensitivity, aftertouch)?</span>
There is no velocity, but you can play with volume setting and accent.
The sequencer is truly binary. I mean, you dont have that groove feeling, like in 909 or 808. It would be sooo cool.

OVERALL OPINION

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>For how long have you been using it?</span>
Two years.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>What thing do you like most/least about it?</span>
His potential, this machine can make so much more than basic rythm... and you work with it totally on the fly, very intuitive, you can put your brain on the desktop and have fun.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>What is your opinion about the value for the price?</span>
Expensive, but it can worth it. It's a matter of the way you work and the sounds you like.

<p class="bbcode-cite">Quote: <span>Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...</span>
Oh yeah. No hesitation.