Editing and Creating a SONG
When in SONG mode, the EDIT button is used to enter the song edit mode. This mode is used for creating or editing a song, which is a list of parts. The display appears as follows:
The step number can be moved forwards or backwards with the fast forward and rewind buttons. The part number is underlined, indicating that it can be changed with the keypad or +/- buttons. If a song is empty, the first step's part will be blank. The step past the last part of a song will also display a blank part. To change a part, simply type in a new part number. To erase a step, hold ERASE and press RECORD. The displayed step will be erased, and all parts from the steps past the erased step will shift down one step. To insert a part, press and hold COPY. The display will read:
The keypad or +/- buttons can be used to change the part number. Pressing RECORD inserts the part at the displayed step, and moves the previously displayed step and all subsequent steps one step back. When the buttons are released, the display reverts back to the song edit display.
Automatic TRACK selection and muting at each step of a SONG
You can select which tracks will playback at each step of a song by turning off the tracks you don't want to hear (LED's off) and leaving on the tracks you wish to hear (LED's on). The MMT-8 will store in memory which tracks were selected for playback at each step.
Selecting and Playing a SONG
Press the SONG button to enter song mode. The display will read as follows, with the last song entered being indicated in the number portion of the display:
Selecting a SONG
The 00 is underlined to indicate that it will be changed if a new number is selected with the keypad or the +/- buttons. The second line of the display shows the name of the currently selected song (up to 14 characters). If the current song number is empty, the second line will read EMPTY SONG. Pressing the +/- buttons immediately selects the next song number, with the numbers looping past 99 to 00 and looping down from 00 to 99. If a single digit on the keypad is pressed (2, for example), the display will change to:
The display is now indicating that the second digit of the song should be entered. After entering the second digit, the new song is selected, and its name will appear. If the second digit is not entered within 2 seconds, the display will revert back to the previous song number, and no new song will have been selected. The page up and page down buttons have no function when selecting parts or songs.
A SONG is a list of parts (sequences) in a specific order, with each entry into the list being a STEP which contains a part number. Each step also contains which of the eight tracks should be on for that step.
Manual TRACK selection and muting in SONG mode
While in SONG mode, the eight TRACK select LEDs will display the tracks that are turned on, on the first part of the selected song. These buttons can be turned on or off to change the selected tracks to be played, although these changes will be temporary and not stored with the song. Pressing PLAY will start playing the selected song from its beginning, and the PLAY LED will light. The display will read, for example:
The first line of the display is now showing the current song number being played, and the current beat number of the part being played. The second line of the display is showing the step number and the part assigned to the step that is playing at the moment. When the song advances to the next step, the display will show the part for step 2, etc. The track select LEDs will change to show which tracks are turned on for the current part. Again, the track selection can be changed by turning on or off the track buttons.
Pressing STOP/CONTINUE will stop playing the song, and the display will return to the select song display. Pressing STOP/CONTINUE again will begin playing the song from the beat at which it was stopped. Pressing PLAY will always start the song from the beginning of the first step. When a song reaches its end, it will stop and the PLAY LED will turn off, unless LOOP is on, which will cause the song to loop back to step one and continue playing.
The << and >> buttons (rewind and fast-forward) can be used to advance or retreat through the beats and steps of a song. If the song is playing, pressing the fast forward button will cause sustaining notes to stop, and the beat display to advance at a gradually increasing rate (up to the maximum possible tempo) until the fast forward button is released, after which the song continues playing from the beginning of the displayed beat. If the end of the current step is reached, the next step is started.
The rewind button works similarly, but in reverse. In either direction, if the end or beginning of a song is reached, the display remains on that step, unless loop is on, which results in the step "wrapping around". When a song is not playing, these buttons can be used for the same function, and by pressing STOP/CONTINUE the song will continue from the last displayed beat. The fast forward and rewind button can be held down simultaneously to "freeze" the display on the current beat.