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Updating studio layouts for fun

June 16th, 2007 Andrew Martens 3 comments

… and profit? Well, no, since I’m not likely to ever make money off of my music. But I enjoy writing music, and that’s really what it’s all about. Having an organized studio where you can make use of your instruments is important, and there’s a reason that I haven’t written anything in the past several years – no organization. There were always things to be done around the house, or we had moved, or had to shuffle things around, or had too much clutter. While being laid off from work was unfortunate, it gave me a bit of spare time – and with my wife out of town on a short trip for work, I had the opportunity to work on a few of my own projects.

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MMT-8 keypad repair for dummies

June 13th, 2007 Andrew Martens 10 comments

About two years ago, I was browsing through a nearby surplus/consignment shop, when I stumbled across a pair of classics: an Alesis MMT-8 and HR-16. I knew that these devices tended to have some reliability issues, and the LCD on the MMT-8 was a bit screwy, but I figured they could be fixed. I could have waited for the price to drop further, but at $30 (CAD) each it was already a good deal. As expected, most of the buttons barely worked and/or required a great deal of force before they would register. The EPROMs for each (but most crucially the MMT-8) also needed updating. Due to various other commitments (like planning a wedding), these two poor devices sat in a box, unused for about two years – until now.

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