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AW: in praise of looping with the Electrix Mo-FX
I still have the repeater (can't get rid of it it seems ;) and also used
to own a filter factory. What I always hated about the Electrix boxes is
that they take two HU, most of the time for an effect I wouldn't even
donate half a rackspace for. Like take the filter factory, the mofx and
the (don't remember the name of the vocoder), taking up a total of six
rack spaces, and I can do what they do (and more) with a one HU nord
modular G2 engine. I understand that it's also caused by the fact that
they have these dual function rackmount-plus-tabletop design, but for
me, it's just not enough processing power for the real estate taken up
I'd even think it would be possible to put the Repeater's MMI into one
rackspace. I've never actually made any tech drawings, but on the other
hand it is the way it is...but I'm not able to justify two HU for these
(Just rebuilt my live loop setup, consisting mainly of a 8 HU angled
rack, two level keyboard stand, auxiliary stand and some things on the
floor...boy am I happy! This is so much fun playing loop stuff!)
Von: loop.pool [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Gesendet: Samstag, 16. Juli 2005 11:45
An: LOOPERS DELIGHT (posting)
Betreff: in praise of looping with the Electrix Mo-FX
"Did you notice the prices on the rest of their line have dropped
significantly? A new Mo-FX for $200? I know they blew them out for
$100 but I assumed that was a major loss for them. Did they find a
manufacturing source that was that much cheaper or were they charging
that much over costs before. "
I don't know for sure but I always thought they were overpriced
so it's nice that they are coming back
at a really reasonable price for how cool they are.
I have to say that the Mo-FX and the Filter Factory are the hippest damn
rhythmic processing in groove music. All the time based DSP types
(digital delay, tremelo,
filtering, LFO, etc.) are linked with midi but the hippest feature is
they are tied
to a big, drum machine styled heavy duty momentary switch.
As a drummer I love to 'play' the effects (particularly effective with
square wave tremelos, digital delays and radical EQ filtering).
If the effect is turned on, the momentary switch kills it momentarily
a quick tap or you can hold it down to keep the effect off
If the effect is turned off, then the momentary switch turns the effect
I love that you can tie you can use your loops in a looper that spits
midi to drive your effects.
One of the things I love to do is to turn ON a telephone styled narrow
bandwidth styled filter on a drum loop during
a 'breakdown' section of a song. Then I can play the effect like a
drummer, taking the filter off with each tap so that
the full bandwidth Drum Beat comes on. Since it is full bandwidth, the
effect can be enormous and I can single out
individual drum hits in the rhythm and then turn the effect off right on
downbeat of the next section...............very funky.
The individual effects of the Mo-Fx are fairly ordinary but this one
that it does is just amazing.
They even have a distortion section that you can turn on an off which is
really great with square wave tremelo processing
for rhythmic effects.
I love that those two units!!!!