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MV-General Production / MV-8800 + MPC Live 2 Studio Integration
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:39:15 pm »
All,

I've been an MV-8800 user for about two years and have been creating songs, but I was looking for another DAWless solution that was more portable. So, recently I purchased as MPC Live 2, which is technologically advanced when compared to MV (+10 ~ 12 years), but different musical instrument/workstation.

Next, I started integrating the MPC Live 2 with the current studio setup where MV-8800 was main sequencer and sound / sample source.

Here is what I've found interesting:
1. The MPC Live 2 can mount the MV-8800 internal hard drive via its USB port (see attached screenshots). This is obviously great for Audio file / Sample exchange between the two units.
2. Not surprisingly, the MV-8800 and MPC Live 2 synchronize (either way) via MIDI Clock and MMC to the bar/beat resolution. Also, MTC time code works as well, but since MIDI clock works so well, I don't see a need for it in my setup.
3. The MPC Live 2 Sample editing is way more efficient/fast, and the pads are more responsive than MV.
4. I prefer the MV-8800 sample beat length setup for looping / time stretch vs. MPC Live 2 (maybe I just haven't learned how).

Does anyone have both MV-8800 and MPC X/Live/One? What is your experiences?

Regards,
John Detroit

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I wanted to share my recent successful upgrade of my MV-8800 with a StarTech.com 3.5in Drive Bay IDE to Single CF SSD Adapter Card Reader. Below are the steps of the modification with images.

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1.   Opened MV-8800 bottom and located open bay on mounting rail to the right of CD-RW/DVD drive (after mod, CF drive will be on left side of MV-8800 under pads). Note: this is where the floppy drive is located on an MV-8000; so, I chose this location for this the CF mod.

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2.   Removed StarTech CF Drive PCB from bracket and positioned onto open bay and traced on backside of MV-8800 case with permanent marker. My plan is to create rectangular opening for the CF card for insertion/ejection on the outside.

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3.   Drilled Pilot holes near edges of traced rectangular opening for CF card. I plan to use a Dremel (handheld rotary) tool with different cutting and sanding bits to machine the opening.

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4.   Used small router bit on Dremel tool to create opening “by hand”, which I expected to be an ugly cut.

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5.   After using some other Dremel tool bit accessories (cutting wheels, conical sanding stone) I was able to create functional (not perfect) opening on MV-8800 for the CF Card to be inserted/removed.

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6.   Re-seated the CF drive bracket, then marked and drilled two holes. And then used two self-tapping machine screws for secure mounting.

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7.   Mounted the CF PCB board onto bracket and attached 44-PIN IDE drive cable. NOTE: a longer 12-16 inch IDE drive cable is required (original is too short).

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8.   Dissembled the drive bay frame and vacuumed out all the metal filings from the drilling/cutting/grinding of the CF Drive’s card opening on MV-8800. I left the old 3.5 IDE drive in place for safe keeping. Then, reassembled (as shown below).

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9.   Here is the view of the MV-8800 on Left Side under the pads with the Compact Flash card installed.

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10.   Here is the view of the MV-8800 with the Compact Flash card removed.

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Finally, I formatted the 120 GB flash drive (128 GB micro SD in a CF card adapter) and transferred over all my backed up MV-8800 files on my Mac to the newly formatted CF card. Inserted the card, powered up the MV-8800 and last project was loaded automatically.  I’ve been using this removable CF drive modification to also transfer project, instrument, and sample files between my MV-8800 and MV-8000 (where I’ve done the same CF mod, but without case modification).

JD




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