I know very little - if anything
- about this peculiar little episode in the history of digital drum
machines other than the fact that it was the brainchild of one Manfred
Fricke who offered this (and a range of other related products)
as DIY kits for an astonishingly low price.
Fricke started in 1976 and brought out a low cost drum
machine kit. This was followed by more drum machines, sequencers,
a MIDI-CV convertor and host of other curious little products. If
you've never heard of them, it's because they predominantly sold
The MFB512 seems to be the best known of their range
and offered nine sampled drum sounds, 64 programmable patterns and
64 programmable fill-ins. It also had 8 individual outputs (on a
DIN socket!) as well as mono and stereo outputs.