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The Yamaha MDF2 is a Compact Data Storage Unit capable of storing bulk data from nearly any midi equipped Synthesizer, Tone Generator or Sequencer.

If you’re going to sequence on stage, you need the gear for the job. Few musos actually carry a computer with them – too big and too fragile – (note this description was written in the 1980s) and while some swear by hardware sequencers, they have their limitations for live use – generally lack of memory and a long loading time. The solution is, of course, a MIDI data filer such as Yamaha’s MDF2.

The idea is simple: you use your sequencer to create backing tracks and then transfer them to the 3.5″ disk of the MDF2. This plays back the tracks exactly as they were recorded, directly from the disk. That is, they’re not loaded into any sort of memory area first, so playback is instantaneous.

Although it has record and playback functions, the MDF2 doesn’t profess to be a dedicated sequencer and, indeed, has very little in the way of editing facilities. It uses a single-track system which records all 16 MIDI channels and there is no overdub facility. Essentially the data has to be “ready to go” before you record it onto the MDF2.

The MDF2 uses the standard MIDI File format 0 and recognises the ESEQ format used by Yamaha on their SY77, SY99 and the QX3. It distinguishes between formats by checking the header so you’re not left with the responsibility for telling it which is which.

Power adaptor required: 12VDC 700mA. PA3, PA4 or PA40 or six AA batteries.

 Yamaha midi data filer

Yamaha MDF2 midi data filer

Yamaha MDF2 midi data filer

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Yamaha MDF2 user manual

Replacement drive belt (BELT3) available for £8.50 + 1.50 (UK p&p) = £10.00

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