A New Era
Following weeks, if not months of growing frustration with non-working gear, I got one of the new tomoberheim.com SEMs this week. This is one of the first times I’ve ever actually bought a new piece of equipment. This is uncharted territory, for sure.
The box showed up today, and I’ve been particularly interested in testing out the MC-8 to confirm it works. I can assure you that it plays a basic scale up and down. It’s a fiercely-ornery machine, and I’m going to have to spend some more time reading the manual before I can coax much more out of it.
In the meantime, I also bought an MSQ-700. I wanted a MIDI sequencer that would discourage me from getting too obsessed with programming each note. I’ve still got some learning to do with the MSQ-700 also, but it’s definitely easier to use than the MC-8. I gave it a simple sequence to play so that I could try out the SEM a little more. Highly-iterative electronic music doesn’t normally interest me, but it’s fun to make. So, although I’m crappy at doing this, I hooked up the TR-808 and the Lexicon PCM-70 (for a little delay) and had some fun tonight.
Doing something new with something new: