Controlled by MFB Urzwerg CV/Gate step-sequencer. At 3.30 Ableton live’s ping pong delay is added.
This time the only drum sound from the Tanzbär (which is mainly used as a CV sequencer) is the fantastic BD2, a 808 style bass drum. The other drum sounds are generated by the small modular system Tinysizer & the Mikrozwerg. Both synths are patched into each other. At the second half of the recording I am using LFO tool by Xfer Records to filter the VCO 2 of the Tinysizer.
Tenori-on MIDI sync to the MFB desktop Filter and the Urzwerg Pro sequencer.
Tenori “drums” are through the MFB Filter & it is sequencing:
1) Moog Minitaur
2) Cwejman S1
3) Moog Slim Phatty
4) Prophet 08
Then the Urzwerg Pro seq. the Polivoks.
No effects were added, but Lots Of EQ!!
MFB Kult, a sample based drumcomputer that collect many samples of famous drummachines from the 80’s
In MFB’s own words about the machine:
On the occasion of MFB’s 25th anniversary, we are proud to announce something special. Since 1979 four rhythm machines were developed and produced: MFB-301, MFB-501, MFB-512 and MFB-612. In Germany these devices are very popular, since the inexpensive machines contained interesting rhythms for rock musicians. MFB digitized some of these sounds, and a multiple sounds of other far common rhythm machines. All these samples are packed into the memory of the MFB-KULT. The 192 sounds are divided in 16 sets, whereby each set contains 12 sounds. Since not every each rhythm machine had 12 sounds, a set consists of sounds of up to three rhythm machines. On a keyboard each set has one octave, so that a 4 octave keyboard or each MIDI channel has four sound sets.
Sounds from following drummachines and devices are available: Boss 55, Casio PT-68, Casio VL-1, CR-78, CR-8000, Drumtracks, Drumulator, El. Harmonix, Hohner, Korg DDD1, Korg-220, KPR-77, Linn 1, MFB-401, MFB-501, MFB-512, MFB-612, Pearl SC-40, Rhythm Ace, Simmons Clap, Simmons SDS, TR-606, TR-727, TR-808, TR-909 and Vermona.
With each sound the volume and the panorama can be programmed. Beyond that the Attack time and the release time can be programmed for each sound. Since the sounds cannot be longer than the original sample, with longer release the compression is increased. The sounds can be played naturally also individually over the tracer. The sound can be stopped with an automatic controller .
Additionally an integrated Sequencer is available, which can play some rhythms of the MFB-501. The speed is adjustable. The MFB-KULT has an stereo output. Additionally there is the MIDI IN. As current supply a plug power pack is provided.
In this video:
Elektron Analog Four Demo
Sounds = Analog Four
Beats = MFB Tanzbär
MFB Tanzbär – Dancing Bear (GER), Analog Modular System Tinysizer (GER), moogerfooger MF-104M analog delay (USA), Korg Monotribe (JAP).
Sequenced and recorded with Ableton Live, a bit of reverb added to Monotribe but no other additional effects.
Nice overview of a very powerful drum machine from MFB, details below:
Due to a high demand: I uploaded a basic tutorial how to use the MFB Dancing Bear. I hope this tutorial is self explaining. I just added a few comments via YouTube. This demo gives also the opportunity to hear all sounds isolated from each other. Could not cover all functions in this short video, please look at the manual for more info: http://www.mfberlin.de/Manual/Manual_…
The Tanzbär is used in the Jam mode. I prefer this mode over the manual- and step mode. Please look at my other videos to see how the CV control is working.
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This time the Dancing Bear is sequencing the Tinysizer!
Tinysizer ANYWARE-INSTRUMENTS ANALOG MODULAR MINI SYNTHESIZER is a fantastic complete mini analog modular synthesizer system.
The MFB Tanzbär analogue drum-computer has a tight step-sequencer and 16 instruments.
Recorded in Ableton Live – no additional effects.
Taking a closer look at Tanzbär, video description below:
My second MFB Dancing Bear session: Headphones or good speakers are recommended. Enjoy!
MFB’s Tanzbär drum-computer offers fourteen analogue percussion instruments as well as a synthesizer for bass- and melodic voices.
Its integrated step-sequencer allows flashlight-programming and storage of up to 144 patterns. All parameters can be recorded per step! Because of its ability to control and call up all functions on the fly, while the unit is running, Tanzbär is ideally suited for live performances.
- Analogue drum-computer with tight step-sequencer and 16 instruments.
- Immediate control, integration of MIDI and CV/Gate.
- Different step-lengths per instrument.
- Programmable accent- and pitch-bend-functions.
- 144 patterns with A/B-variations, fill-function to chain various patterns.
- 3 CV- and 2 Gate channels.
- Roll- and flam-recording.
- Individual and global swing-quantization.
- Recording of control-value per step.
- 12 individual outputs, stereo output.
- MIDI- and clock-sync, MIDI-dump.
- Microshift-function via MIDI (future update).
- Metal chassis with wood side panels.
Tanzbär is available to purchase for MSRP 840 EUR.