Archive for March, 2020

Published by Nig on 26 Mar 2020

MC707 V1.30

Another lovely update for the 707 from Roland:-)

Roland MC707 Support Page

[ Ver.1.30 ] MAR 2020
Additional Functions
Please refer to the “MC-707 Update” for detailed information in the [ Owner’s Manuals ].

Clip Chain Function Added
MIDI Input/Output Functions Added
Auto Channel Function Added
Audio Insert Function Added
Note Repeat Function Added
SMF Import Function Added
Display Method Added for Clip Mode
Sample Edit Function Added
Function Added to Edit WAV File Before Loading
Step LFO Editor Added
Note Utility Functions Added
Motion Drawing Function Added

Loving the Clip Chain, but the ability to change the CC numbers for the FILTER, MOD and FX knobs is really nice to see too:-)

Published by Nig on 19 Mar 2020

MC-707? Meet the Alesis Quadrasynth!

The Alesis Quadrasynth was my first (and only TBF) 76 key synth which went astray in a mate’s attic for about 20 years. About three months ago I got it back and it’s as good now as it was then, tho’ I must admit I never knew its filter didn’t have resonance. If I’d realized that back then I probably would never bought the thing, but you know, it was the early 90s and digital was everywhere!

Anyway, I wondered about putting some sounds on the MC-707 from it, so I sampled the drum kits and some patches ending up with a project containing as many as I could fit in.

In the project file, there are two drum tracks with the drum samples, two drum tracks with the patches (sampled C0 thru’ C7) applied across the pads and four tone tracks of patches made with the synth samples. The QS has only eight drum kits by default, so the drum tracks have four clips of each drum set. The patches are a combination of some of my own as well as some factory patches.

In addition to the project file, all the samples used on the MC-707, plus a few extra that I couldn’t fit in the MC’s memory, are in the download so you can use these without loading up the project.

Download HERE.

Published by Nig on 03 Mar 2020

As it’s 303 Day….

I created a short three-step guide to programming the Behringer TD-3. Being a clone of the Roland TB-303, it has the same method of programming and this has long had a reputation of being dumb-foundingly complicated. In reality it’s not really that bad – first input the notes and then set the timing of those notes by specifying whether a whole note is played, whether a note is tied or if there is a rest. In addition each note can be transposed up or down an octave, have an accent or a slide.

The guide shows these stages as three separate shots of the keyboard and what buttons are needed to apply the relevant functions –

1. Notes – Press PITCH MODE and enter notes on the keyboard
2. Transposing – Press PITCH MODE again to reset the sequencer, then press WRITE/NEXT to advance thru the sequencer. Hold WRITE/NEXT to apply transpose, accent and/or slide. The notes input in 1. will light up.
3. Timing – Press TIME MODE and apply note, tie or rest to each step in the sequence. When the last step is completed the TD-3 returns to NORMAL mode

Hope it helps.

Download here

Note also that this guide can also apply to the original TB-303 and the Roland boutique TB-03 (if in OG mode).