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MFB-301 Pro injects analogue groove into Shadows of the Future



The drums on Shadows of the Future* are mostly from the delightful groove box that is the MFB-301 Pro from MFB. Offering 8 analogue drum and percussion sounds and costing around €130 the 301 Pro provides a wallet-friendly analogue kit. The kick is a big softy that makes the cupboards at the back of the studio rattle and the cymbals are metallic with a satisfying slightly dirty clang. Sure, the programming is a fiddle and there's only one (mono) output but it serves nicely as an analogue drum expander and you can multi-track it if you want mixing control over different sounds.


In addition to note information, the MFB-301 Pro responds to 23 MIDI control commands covering the tuning, attack and decay of most of the sounds. I made a simple Max for Live controller for it which you can download from https://maxforlive.com/library/device/6611/mfb-301-pro-midi-control-device




Hear the MFB301-Pro in action on this short preview of Shadows of the Future:


On the track there is an 808 Maracas sample on the quaver off-beats and the rest of the drums come from the MFB 301-Pro run through the Ableton Drum Buss effect with pretty modest settings; I found a little Drive and Crunch help it sit in the mix which is a bit of a mixing short-cut but, hey, life is short.











More info on this great little guy here: http://mfberlin.de/en/device/301proe/


* Shadows of the Future is released on 20/11/2020 on Departure Point Recordings and distributed globally by AWAL.

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Ken Peel is a music producer and sound artist specialising in electronic music based in the south-west of England.

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