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User Manual
User Manual
Content:
Overview
What is Tanzbär...?
User Interface
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Setup
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Backside
Frontpanel
Scales and
Pattern Lenght22
Store Pattern23
Clear Pattern23
MIDI
MIDI Clock24
Step-Output24
Drum Expander Mode
24
SysEx Data25
MIDI Controller25
Play Modes
Manual-Trigger Mode
10
Play-Mode10
CV/Gate, Sync26
Soundengine
Instruments14
Setup Functions28
Record Mode
Modes Overview17
Pattern Programming
18
Synth-Tracks21
Appendix
MIDI Implementation
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Overview
MFB Tanzbär
Overview
Overview
MFB Tanzbär
• Additional sound parameter (on selected instruments)
MFB says „thanks“!
First of all we would like to thank you for purchasing the Tanzbär. We appreciate your
choice very much and hope you will have lots of fun with your new instrument.
What is Tanzbär (”Dancing Bear”)?
Tanzbär is a drumcomputer, featuring a real analogue soundgeneration and a very sophisticated, pattern based stepsequencer. It sports some advaced circuitry of the MFB drummies MFB-522 and MFB-503, as well as some features that are completely new to MFB
instruments.
What‘s exacty going on inside Tanzbär? This is a brief overview of it‘s functionality:
Soundgeneration:
• 17 drum instruments with 1 to 8 tweakable and storable parameters.
• Level pots on all drum instruments plus master volume (not storable).
• Individual outs (in pairs except claps).
• Simple synthesizer for lead- and bass sounds with one parameter each.
Sequencer:
• 144 patterns (on 3 sets resp. 9 banks).
• 14 tracks triggering the drum instruments.
• 2 tracks for programming note events (output via MIDI and CV/gate).
• Combination of step number (1 to 32) and scaling (4) allows all kinds of beats.
• A/B pattern toggle
• Roll/Flam function (multiple triggering)
• Fill function (chaining patterns - not storable).
• Track mute function
The following functions can be programmed on each track (drum instrument):
• Track lenght (1 - 32 steps)
• Shuffle intensity
• Track shift (micro delay of entire track via MIDI controller)
The following functions can be programmed on each step (CV tracks):
• Step on/off(output via MIDI note-on and +/-gate)
• Pitch with 3 octave range. Output via MIDI-notes and CV
• Accent level (on bass track only)
• 2nd CV (on bass track only)
Operation Modes
Manual Trigger Mode
• Triggering instruments via step buttons and/or MIDI notes (with velocity).
• Access to sound parameters via knobs or MIDI controller.
Play Mode
• Pattern selection
• Access to sound parameters via knobs
• Access to play functions (A/B pattern toggle, roll-, fill-, and mute function and some
more)
Record Mode
• Programming a pattern in one of three available modes (Manual-, Step- or JamMode)
Synchronisation
• MIDI clock
• Sync signal (clock) and start/stop input or output; output clock devider
Not bad, uh? Of course it was not possible to place a dedicated knob or button for each
function on the front panel. Sometimes a second function level and some button combinations have been necessary to access all features. To ensure that you and your Tanzbär
will become friends as soon as possible, we really advice you to read this manual carefully.
This will be the best and most easy way to explore your Tanzbär entirely - and there‘s pretty much to explore. So we beg you: please read (and understand) this f... manual.
The following functions can be programmed on each step (drum instrument):
• Step on/off
• Accent level
• Sound setting of current instrument
• Bend (pitch modulation - only DB1, BD2, SD, toms/congas)
• Flam (multi trigger = flam, rolls etc.)
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Overview
MFB Tanzbär
Setup Functions
MFB Tanzbär
The User Interface
Connections and initial Operation
As just mentioned, most of Tanzbärs buttons cover more than one function. Depending on
the selected mode, the functionality of the buttons may change. The following figure will
show you which modes and functions are related to certain buttons.
Connections on Backside
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•
•
•
•
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BD Out left:
SD/RS Out left:
HH/CY Out:
CP/Clap Out:
TO/CO Out:
CB/CL Out:
Bassdrum1, right: Bassdrum 2
Snaredrum, right: Rimshot
left: Open/Closed Hihat, right: Cymbal
the attack-transientsare spread over the stereo field
three Toms / Congas spread over the stereo field
left: Clave, right: Cowbell
2.Fctn-Level
(in Play-Mode)
(in Play-Mode)
chain Patterns
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Pattern A/B toggel / copy
(Per-Step-Programming):
- Accent
- Bend-Function
- add. Sound-Parameter
- Flam-Function
in Record-Mode
- Accent (for Rolls)
- Roll-Function
in Play-Mode:
Function-Buttons
Audio Outs
Tanzbär features one main audio out and six additional instrument outs. The latter are stereo jacks which send out two instrument signals each - one on each channel (except the
clap – this is a stereo sound). Please hook up the outputs with insert cables (Y-cables). On
clap, please use a stereo cable.
If you plug in a cable on an instrument out, the sound is erased from the main out. Please
connect Tanzbär‘s main out to an audio mixer, soundcard or amp, before you power
Tanzbär up.
select Pattern
Step-Buttons
in Play-Mode:
- Pattern-Selection
- Instrument-Selection (Man-Trg-Mode)
- Function-Selection (with Shift)
- Parameter-Values
in Record-Mode:
Sound-Parameter
select Mode
Power
Please connect the 12V DC wall ward here. Power up/down TanzbÊr with the ON/OFF
switch. Please pull the power supply off the wall if you do not use the Tanzbär for longer.
Please use only the included power supply or one with exact the same specifications - no
exceptions, please!
MIDI In1 / MIDI In 2 / MIDI Out
Please connect MIDI devices here. MIDI keyboards and drum pads should be connected to
MIDI In 1. MIDI In 2 handles MIDI clock data exclusively. Via MIDI out, the Tanzbär sends
out note date of all tracks.
- Track-Selection
- Step-Selection
- Function-Selection (with Shift)
- Parameter-Values
select /
confirm
Shuffle-Fctn
Start/Stop
Tempo (Shift) /
Sound-Parameter
Please note that this is just an overview. You may use it mainly as an orientation guide. The complete functionality and the necessary operating steps
will be explained later in the text. Please feel free to read on.
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MIDI-Notes
MIDI-Soundmodule
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9
MANUAL-TRIG
MODE
Accent-Level
(when triggered)
no
Function
(closes
PatternSelection)
as above
as above
(enables
Play-Mode)
(closes
PatternSelection)
as above
CP
11/A#
4. Switches Roll-Fnct. on/off. Press Instr-Taster to generate Roll.
Select resolution:
- Hold Roll/Flam + press Step 1-4 (16th, 8th, 4th, 1/2 Note).
Shift
Press Shift-Button to
open Sub-Functions of
Step-Buttons
2. Repeatedly pressing Acc/Bnd toggles between three
Accent-Levels (LED off/green/red). Accent affects Roll-Fnct.
1. Pressing the Step/Instr-Button mutes Tracks resp.
Instruments (red LED = Mute).
Enables PLAY-MODE (see above)
triggers
Instruments
(closes
PatternSelection)
as above
Knob Rec
LED an
Pattern
LED aus
PatternSelection
no
Function
as above
as above
(enables
Play-Mode)
(closes
PatternSelection)
as above
Select
8
no
Function
no
Function
Knob-Rec
Reset
(Button)
(Note)
(Function)
8. Recalls stored Parameter Values of the current Pattern.
7. Enables Shuffle Selection
- Press Shuffle (all Step-LEDs flash).
- Select Shuffle-Intensity with Step 1-16.
- Press Shuffle to confirm and leave function.
6. A/B Pattern Toggle:
- Press A/B to toggle Pattern. LED colour displays A- resp.
B-Part.
Enable automatic toggle with Shift+3.
5. Switches Pattern Chaining on/off:
- Hold Fill + press Steps (no LED response yet). Fitting
Pattern Chain is temporarily stored.
- Press Fill to playback Pattern Chain.
no
Function
as above
enables
ShuffleSelection
Shuffle
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3. Starts Knob-Record-Fnct.:
- Enable with Shift+Step11. Press Select. Function is available if
desired. Now record knob movements:
- Hold Sound + press Instr to select Instrument.
- Press Sound to start recording. The LED flashes up to the next
”1“ and lights continously during the next following bar.
- Tweak Soundparameter Knobs during one bar.
(- Store Pattern if required)
(Access via Rec/ManTrg +
Step/Instr-Button)
RECORD-MODE
LED red
MIDI-Sequencer
LED green
MIDI-Clock
Rec/ManTrg
MIDI-Keyboard
LED an
MIDI-Notes
Pattern
Wall-Outlet
LED off
Audio-Mixer
PowerSupply
(for Roll-Fnkt.)
12V DC
A/BToggle
A/B
6
Start
PLAY-MODE
LED aus
Fill
5
Sync
Analog-Synthesizer
enables
PatternChaining
Analog-Sequencer
enables
Roll-Fnct.
Gate
Roll/Flam
4
CVs
starts
Knob-Record
To explore most of Tanzbär‘s features, you will simply need the power connection and the
main audio out.
Sound
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Output of pitch-CV track 1 (lead synthesizer)
Output of pitch CV track 2 (bass synthesizer)
Output of filter-control CV track 3 (bass synthesizer)
Output of gate signal track 1 (lead synthesizer)
Output of gate signal track 2 (bass synthesizer)
Sends or receives start/stop signal
Sends or receives clock signal
Acc/Bnd
2
CV1:
CV2:
CV3:
Gate1:
Gate2:
Start:
Sync:
Accent-Level
Connections on panel top
On Tanzbär‘s top you will find it‘s CV/gate interface. It puts out control voltage (CV)- and
gate signals of both note tracks. Next to this, a start/stop signal and a clock signal is sent
or received here.
TrackMutes
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•
•
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Step/Instrument
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Setup Functions
Play Mode – Playing the Tanzbär
PLAY/MANUAL TRIGGER MODE
First of all we want to check out some demo patterns to give you an idea of Tanzbär‘s
capabilities. At the same time we will learn how to ”perform“ with the Tanzbär, meaning
playing patterns, modify them and tweak sounds.
To play back and tweak preprogrammed sounds and patterns, we need the PLAY/
MANUAL TRIGGER MODE. To programm patterns we will go into the Record Mode
which we will explore later on.
The following figure shows an overview of the Play Mode and it‘s functions.
Please note that this is just an overview. Yopu may use it mainly as an
orientation guide – all the necessary operating steps are covered in detail
in the following text. So please read on carefully.
Play Mode – Playing the Tanzbär
MFB Tanzbär
Manual Trigger Mode
Please note: After powering up, Tanzbär has to be set to PLAY MODE in
order to playback patterns (press Rec/ManTrig, LED has to be OFF). Then
select a pattern (press Pattern, Step button, please see above).
Audition of sounds
Right after powering up, Tanzbär‘s MANUAL TRIGGER MODE is active. The LED
”Rec/ManTrig” lights constantly green. Now you can trigger the sounds with the
Step/Instrument buttons. You can also tweak all sounds with their dedicated parameter
knobs.
Adjust Tempo
• Hold Shift + move the Data knob.
To avoid tempo jumps, the tempo change is performed right at the moment, when the knob
position matches the previous tempo setting.
As soon as you release the Shift button, the new tempo is saved. There is no tempo readout on Tanzbär. The values range of the knob covers approx. 60 BPM to 180 BPM.
Play Mode
Pattern Memory
Tanzbär‘s pattern memory uses 3 sets (A, B and C) with 3 banks each. Each bank contains
16 patterns which makes 144 patterns in total.
Set A is packed with factory patterns. Banks 1 and 2 contain great beats made by the
Berlin based techno wizzard Yapacc, Bank 3 sports the original patterns of the ”MFB Kult“
drummachine. Sets B and C are ready for your own great creations. If desired, the content
of Set A can be overwritten.
Set
(3x)
A
Shift
C
B
hold
+
Play Mode – Playing the Tanzbär
MFB Tanzbär
In Play Mode (Rec/ManTrig LED OFF) you cannot only playback existing patterns, you can
also tweak them ”live“ in several ways. In this mode, Tanzbär‘s buttons open up certain
appropriate functions. The following figure shows the functions of all relevant buttons. In
the following text, these functions will be explained in detail.
select Mode
select Mode
Sound-Parameter Sound-Parameter
Set A/B/C
press repetedly
Tempo (Shift) /
Tempo (Shift)
Sound-Parameter Sound-Param
Function-Buttons Function-Buttons
Bank
(9x)
Pattern (144x)
1
2
3
1-16 1-16 1-16
1
2
3
1-16 1-16 1-16
1
2
3
1-16 1-16 1-16
Shift
hold
+
Bank
press repetedly
in Play-Mode:
- Accent (for Rolls)
- Roll-Function
Record-Mode in Record-Mode
in Play-Mode:
(Per-Step-Programming):
(Per-Step-Programming):
Accent (for Rolls) - Accent
-- Accent
- Bend-Function
- Bend-Function
- Roll-Function
- add. Sound-Parameter
- add. Sound-Parameter
- Flam-Function
- Flam-Function
Step-Button 1-16
press
chain Patterns
(in Play-Mode)
by Yappacc
MFB Kult
Factory-Patterns
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
Shuffle-Fctn
Shuffle-Fct
select /
confirm
select /
confirm
chain Patterns
(in Play-Mode)
Pattern A/B toggelPattern
/ copy A/B toggel / copy
Pattern Selection
To select patterns, PLAY MODE or MANUAL TRIGGER MODE has to be active. The LED
Rec/ManTrig should be OFF or constantly GREEN (please refer to fig. on page 9).
• Hold Shift + press Set A button. Set A is selected.
• Hold Shift + press Bank button. The Bank button toggles between Bank 1 (green),
2 (red) and 3 (orange).
• Press Step button. If you press Step 1, pattern 1 is loaded etc. Red Step LEDs
show used patterns. The currently loaded pattern lights orange.
When the sequencer is running, a pattern change is allways performed at the next ”1“ of
the following bar.
1. Mute Function
In PLAY MODE, all instruments can be muted via their corresponding Step/Instrument
button (e.g. Step 3 = BD 1, Step 7 = Cymbal etc.). The LED of a muted instrument lights up
red. If the patterns is stored, active mutes will also be stored. The store function is covered
on page 23.
Pattern Playback
Start/stop the sequencer
• Press Play. The sequencer starts. Press Play again and the sequencer stopps.
This also works when Tanzbär is synced to MIDI-clock.
2. Accent Function
Sets accents on three different levels. The Acc/Bnd button toggles between the three
levels (LED off/green/red). In Play Mode, the Accent level affects the Roll function (see
below).
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select Pattern
(in Play-Mode)
select Pattern
(in Play-Mode)
Step-Buttons
in Play-Mode:
Step-Buttons
in Play-Mode:
in Record-Mode: in Record-Mode:
2.Fctn-Level
2.Fctn-Level
- Track-Selection
- Track-Selection
- Pattern-Selection - Pattern-Selection
- Step-Selection
- Step-Selection
- Instrument-Selection- (Man-Trg-Mode)
Instrument-Selection (Man-Trg-Mode)
- Function-Selection
(with
- Function-Selection
Shift)
(with Shift)
- Function-Selection (with
- Function-Selection
Shift)
(with
Shift)
- Parameter-Values - Parameter-Values
- Parameter-Values - Parameter-Values
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Play Mode – Playing the Tanzbär
MFB Tanzbär
3. Tweak sounds / knob record function
In PLAY MODE (LED Rec/ManTrig off) all sound parameters can be edited with their
dedicated knobs. As soon as a pattern is loaded from memory, the current parameter
setting differs from the current knob setting.
If desired, you can record knob tweakings within one bar into the sequencer. This is done
with the Knob Record function. It is enabled with Shift + Step 11 and can be used when
desired in PLAY MODE.
To record knob movements:
• Hold Shift + press CP/KnobRec to enable Knob Record function.
• Press Play to start sequencer.
• Hold Sound + press Instrument button to select an instrument.
• Press Sound again. The Sound LED flashes until the ”1“ of the next bar is reached.
Then it lights up constantly over the lenght of one pattern-playback.
• While the pattern is running, tweak the desired Parameter knobs. The movements
are recorded over one bar/pattern-playback.
• If another take is needed, simply press Sound again and tweak the knobs.
• If you would like to record the parameters of another instrument, please hold Sound
+ press an Instrument button to select the new instrument. Then press Sound to
start the recording. You do not have to stop the sequencer at any time.
To save your knob performance permanently, you have to save the pattern (please see
page 23).
You do not have to engage the knob record function for each new ”take” and
instrument by hitting Shift + CP/KnobRec. Once enabled, you may use it
over and over until you disable the function.
If you turn a knob longer than one bar while ”knob recording”, the previous
recording will be overwritten. If you don‘t like the result, simply reload the
parameter setting, stored in the pattern by hitting Select. This helps allways
when you are not happy with a knob record ”take”.
4. Roll Function
Play Rolls:
No, we are not talking about role playing... Please enable PLAY MODE, if you not allready
did. Press Roll/Flam to enable the Roll function. Start the sequencer since the effect will
only be audible when the sequencer is running. If you now press a Step/Instrument
button, the corresponding instrument is multi-triggered. This function is also popular as
”note repeat“.
The resolution of the triggers can be set to four different values. They depend on the Scale
setting (please refer to page 22). To change the resolution, please hold Roll/Flam. The
Step buttons 1 - 4 start to flash. Press one of the Step buttons to select the roll resolution.
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Play Mode – Playing the Tanzbär
MFB Tanzbär
Roll Record:
This a kind of ”add on“ feature to the Roll function. If Roll Record is enabled, a roll is played
again in each new pattern loop, even when you release the Step/Instrument button. By
holding down Shift and the corresponding Instrument button, the rolls are erased again.
To enable the Roll Record function:
• Hold Shift + press Roll Rec (Step 10).
• Press Roll Rec (Step 10) again. The button toggles between Roll Record off (LED
green) and Roll Record on (LED red).
• Press Select to confirm and close the function.
Steps recorded with the Roll Record function can be edited in Step Record Mode just like
any other steps (please see page 18).
5. Fill function (chain patterns)
Chain up to 16 patterns ”live“ with the Fill function:
• Hold Fill + Step buttons to select the desired sequence of patterns. Please note
that there is no LED checkback at this moment.
• Press Fill again to enable / disable the Fill function. The LED lights up red, if Fill is
active.
6. A/B Pattern Toggle
Press the A/B button to ”fire up“ a second pattern part (if available). The LED changes it‘s
colour. Patterns with more than 16 steps contain necessarily a B-part.
To enable automatic toggle betwen both parts, please hold Shift + Step 3 (AB on/off).
7. Shuffle Function
Hold Shuffle + press one of the Step buttons to select one of the 16 available shuffle
intensities. In Play mode, shuffle affects all instruments in the same way.
8. Select Button
Sets edited parameter values back to the values that are stored within the current pattern.
If you use the functions 1 to 8 while the pattern selection is active (Pattern LED lights) the
corrsponding function will be performed accoring to the way described above. In some
cases the pattern selection will be closed. Please see figure on page 9. The same goes for
access of these function in MANUAL TRIGGER MODE.
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Soundengine
MFB Tanzbär
Soundengine
In this chapter, we would like to introduce the sound generation and it‘s parameters.
Instruments
All drum sounds can be edited directly with the knobs of each instrument. Next to this, the
Data knob shares an additional parameter for most of the instruments. It can be accessed
as soon as the instrument is selected.
Hidden Parameter ”Sound”
In Record Mode (and only in Record Mode) some instruments feature another ”hidden“
parameter that can be accessed via Sound button and Step buttons. If this parameter is
available on an instrument, the Sound-LED flashes after Rec/ManTrg has been pressed.
More on this later in the chapter Record Mode.
BD 1 Bassdrum 1
• Attack
• Decay
• Pitch
• Tune
• Noise
• Filter
• Data
• Sound
Level of attack-transients
Volume decay time
Time and modulation intensity of pitch envelope
Pitch
Noise level
Sound of noise signal
Distorion level
Selects 1 of 16 different attack-transients
BD 2 Bassdrum 2
• Decay
• Tune
• Tone
Time of volume decay (up to steady tone)
Pitch
Level of attack-transients
SD Snaredrum
• Tune
• D-Tune
• Snappy
• S-Decay
• Tone
• Decay
• Data
Pitch of tone 1 and tone 2
Detune of tone 2
Noise level
Decay time of noise signal
Blends signals of tone 1 and tone 2
Volume decay time of tone 1 and tone 2
Modulation intensity of pitch envelope
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RS Rimshot
• Data
Pitch
CY Cymbal
• Decay
• Tone
• Data
Volume decay time
Blends both signals
Pitch / sound colour
OH Open Hihat
• Decay
• Data
Volume decay time
Pitch / sound colour of OH and HH
HH Closed Hihat
• Decay
• Data
Volaume decay time
Pitch / sound colour of OH and HH
CL Claves
• Tune
• Decay
Pitch
Volume decay time
CP Claps
• Decay
• Filter
• Attack
• Data
• Sound
Decay time of ”reverb“ tail
Sound colour
Level of attack-transients
Number of attack-transients
16 different attack-transients
LTC Low Tom / Conga
• Tune
• Decay
• Sound
• Data
Pitch
Time of volume decay (up to steady tone)
Step button 12 toggles between Tom and Conga.
Step button 13 enables a noise signal.
Noise level, simultanously for all three toms/congas.
MTC
•
•
•
Mid Tom / Conga
Tune
Decay
Sound
• Data
Pitch
Time of volume decay (up to steady tone)
Step button 12 toggles between Tom and Conga.
Step button 13 enables a noise signal.
Noise level, simultanously for all three toms/congas.
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Soundengine
HTC
•
•
•
High Tom / Conga
Tune
Decay
Sound
• Data
MFB Tanzbär
Pitch
Time of volume decay (up to steady tone)
Step button 12 toggles between Tom and Conga.
Step button 13 enables a noise signal.
Noise level, simultanously for all three toms/congas.
Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
Record Mode – Programming Patterns
Finally, it‘s time to create your own patterns. The capabilities are vast and partly pretty
complex. So we still ask for your attention.
The different Record Modes
CB Cowbell
• Data
• Sound
16 different tunings
Time of volume decay
The sequencer features three different modes to programm patterns. They all have different functionality:
MA Maracas
• Data
Time of volume decay
Manual Mode
Manual Mode will not record any sound parameters. They allways have to be tweaked by
hand.
Bass Synthesizer/CV 3
• Data
Filter cutoff or CV 3 value
In addition to the above mentioned parameters, each instruments has a volume knob that
cannot be programmed. The same goes for the master volume knob. Just in case you
might wonder why the volume knobs might run a bit stiffy – this is an easy way to avoid
unwanted level changes.
Step Mode
Step Mode (factory setting) allows programming of different sound parameter settings per
step.
Jam Mode
Jam Mode is basically the same as Step Mode. In contrast to the Step mode, you can alter
a parameter‘s value on all steps of an instrument/track ”live“ and simultanously without
changing or leaving the Record mode. In Step mode, you would first have to select all
steps with the Select button to do the same.
In case that live programming and editing at the same time might be your goal, the Jam
Mode will do a good job. Usually, the Step Mode is the first choice to create patterns.
Record mode selection:
To select the Record Mode of your choice:
• Hold Shift + press Step 15 button (CB - Man/Step). The button toggles between: - Manual mode (LED = green)
- Step Mode
(LED = red)
- Jam Mode
(LED = orange).
• Press the flashing Select button. The selected mode becomes active.
The programming procedure is the same in all Record modes.
The following figure on page 18 shows a brief overview of all Step Record Mode functions.
The numbers show one possible and useful way to create a full featured pattern. Please
note that this figure is just an overview. You may use it as an orientation guide –
all required programming steps will be covered in detail in the following text section.
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Record Mode
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1
edit
Sound-Parameter
This feature is not available in Manual Mode. Here, all steps have identical
soundsettings, corresponding with the current knob settings. Individual accent levels and flams/rolls can be programmed. Please see below.
activate Record-Mode /
select Instrument
select Pro-Step-Fctn:
We‘ll describe now in detail, how to programm individual sound settings per step in Stepor Jam Mode:
- Accent (6)
- Bend (6) (Shift)
- add. Sound-Param.(7)
- Flam (8)
6
7
Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
select
Shuffle-Intensity
8
9
select Track-Lenght
Step-/Instrument-/Track-Button
2
4
select Steps
to edit
3
set
Steps
After selecting the suitable Record Mode – Step Record Mode in this case – we will start
Programming a Pattern
First, please select an empty pattern (please see page 10). Then let‘s go:
Select instrument and set steps:
• Hold Rec/ManTrg button + press Instrument button.
This enables Record Mode and selects the desired instrument/track.
The instrument/track LED lights up green.
• Press Step buttons to set steps. Their LEDs light up red. Hitting a selected step
again, disables the step. If you set a step corresponding with the instrument/track
button (green LED), the step lights up orange. So you can still identify the selected
instrument.
• To enable another instrument/track, please hold Rec/ManTrg again and press
another instrument button.
Individual sound parameter settings per step
Step selection and step programming:
We are currently watching a track with several active steps (red LEDs), e.g.
BD 1 (green BD 1 LED).
• Hold Select + press step(s) (if not allready selected). The step LED(s) flash(es).
• Turn parameter knob(s) of the selected instrument (here BD1).
• Press Select to confirm parameter changes (step LED(s) light up continously
again).
• To create different sound settings on other steps, simply repeat the procedure.
To save the settings permanently, save the edited pattern (please see page 23).
Copy steps
To keep things fast and easy, you may copy the settings of one step to other steps:
• Hold Select + press a step. The sound setting of this step is copied.
• Set more steps. The new steps will have the same sound settings.
Using the hidden sound parameter
The instruments BD 1, Toms/Congas as well as Cowbell offer one more sound parameter
that can only be accessed in Step/Jam-Record Mode.
Is Record mode enabled and one of the instruments BD 1, Toms/Congas or Cowbell is
selected, the Sound LED flashes. To change the parameter value:
• Press Sound (LED lights constantly).
Some step buttons will flash green. Every step visualises a parameter value.
• To select a value, press one of the flashing step buttons (colour changes to red).
• Press Sound to confirm value entry.
The Sound LED starts to flash again.
Programming additional Functions per Step
Use the following functions to enhence your pattern even more.
We are still working on a track, e.g. BD 1 (green BD 1 LED) with some setted steps (red
LEDs). The sequencer is still running.
Enhance your pattern with individual sound parameter setting per step.
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Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
Accent
Each step in a track can have one of three accent levels:
• Press Acc/Bend button. The function toggles between the three accent levels
(LED off = soft, green = medium, red = loud).
• Press an allready active step to apply the selected accent level (step LED off).
• Press step again to enable step again (step LED lights up red again).
Programming Synth- resp. CV/Gate Tracks
If you want to apply the same accent level to several steps at once:
• Select several steps (see „Select Steps“).
• Press Acc/Bend button to select accent level.
• Press Select again to confirm function.
This is how to programm the CV1 track (CV2/3 works the same way):
• Hold Rec/ManTrg + Instrument/track button CV1 to select track.
• Set Steps. The internal lead synthesizer plays the steps with identical lenght and
pitch.
Bend
This function ”bends“ the pitch of an instrument up or down. As well as the accents, it can
be applied to individual (active) steps of an instrument. It generates e.g. typical D&B bass
drums. The effect might only be audible with longer decay settings. Bend works on BD 1,
BD 2, SD, LTC, MTC and HTC.
• Hold Shift + press Acc/Bnd to enable the Bend function. The LED flashes (This is
a sub-function, accessed via shift button).
• Press desired (allready active) step. The step-LED goes off.
• Adjust Bend intensity with Data knob. Please note: effect is not yet audible!
• Press desired step again to apply the function. It becomes audible now. (LED lights
up red again).
• Go for more steps if desired: press Step, turn Data, press Step again.
If you like the result:
• Hold Shift + press Acc/Bnd to close function.
To programm notes on the CV1 track:
• Hold Rec/ManTrg + press Instrument/track button CV1 to select track.
• Press Sound button (LED red).
• Press Step buttons 1 - 13. They select notes between ”C” and ”c”.
• Press Step buttons 14 - 16. They select the octave range.
Each time you press steps 1 to 13 subsequently, the sequencer moves on one step
further. A 16th note sequence is generated.
• A/B sets a silent step.
• Select connects several steps to longer note values.
• Pattern moves one step forward.
• Shift moves one step backwards.
Flam
This function creates flams resp. rolls on individual (allready active) steps.
Please note: This function is not available on the tracks ”Clap”, ”CV 1” and
”CV 2/3”.
• Hold Roll/Flam (step LEDs flashing green) + press Step button to select one of the
16 flam patterns.
• Press (allready active) Step(s) (green LED). The coloure changes to orange and
the flam pattern becomes audible.
• To select another flam pattern, again hold Roll/Flam button (step LEDs flashing
green) + Step button to select another flam pattern.
• Press again (allready active) Step(s) to apply the new flam pattern. If you like the result:
• Press Roll/Flam to close function.
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On tracks CV1 and CV2/3 you can programm note events. These notes are sent out via
MIDI and Tanzbär‘s CV/gate interface. Next to this, both tracks ”play“ two very simple
synthesizer voices. They are a good help to monitor the note tracks without the need of
external equipment.
Accents and CV 3 on Bass Track:
The bass track (Rec/Man/Trg + CV2) is programmed the same way. In addition you can
apply accents. They are programmed the same way as on the drum tracks (see above).
With CV 3 you can control the filter cutoff of an suitable synthesizer. To programm CV 3
values, please select steps on track CV 2 and use the Data knob to enter values. It works
the same way as the stepwise parameter programming on the drum tracks.
Shuffle function
When using the shuffle function in Record Mode, each track can have it‘s individual shuffle
intensity:
• Hold Rec/ManTrg + press Instrument/track button to select instrument/track.
• Press Shuffle (Step LEDs light up green).
• Press Step 1 - 16 to select shuffle intensity.
• -Press Shuffle again to close shuffle function.
When used in Play mode, the shuffle function works globally and affects all
tracks in the same manner.
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Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
Step Lenght (Track Lenght)
The track lenght is determined in Record Mode. Each track can have it‘s individual track
lenght between 1 and 16 steps. This is a cool way to generate polyrhythmic grooves.
• Hold Rec/ManTrg + press Instrument/track button to select instrument/track.
• Hold Shift + press Step Lenght (Step LEDs fashing green).
• Press Step 1 - 16 to select track lenght.
• Press Select to confirm setting.
Scaling and Pattern Lenght
Up to now, we have been programming patterns with 16 steps and 4/4 scales. With the
help of the following functions, you will be able to create triplets and other ”odd“ rhythmical
scales.
Usually, these settings should be done before you start programming steps, but since they
are a bit more special, we have placed their description in this chapter.
These functions are global settings, meaning they affect all tracks in the
same way. Since the Record Mode affects individual tracks, we have to
make these settings in PLAY MODE. The Rec/ManTrg LED has to be OFF.
Scale
Selects the rhythmical scaling. Available values are 32th, 16th-triplet, 16th and 8th-triplet.
This determines the number of beats within a bar resp. a pattern lenght of 32, 24, 16 or 12
steps. On patterns with 24 or 32 steps, a B-part is automatically created.
Since the time, needed to playback one bar is the same in all scale settings, the sequencer
runs at a scale setting of 32 exactly twice as fast as at a scale setting of 16.
To programm the scaling:
• Hold Shift + press Scale (Step LEDs 1 - 4 flashing green).
• Press Step 1 - 4 to select scale
(Step 1 = 32th, Step 2 = 16th-triplet, Step 3 = 16th, Step 4 = 8th-triplet).
Step flashes orange.
• Press Select to confirm setting.
Record Mode
MFB Tanzbär
To programm the measure value:
• Hold Shift + press Meas (Step LEDs 1 - 16 flashing green).
• Press Step 1 - 16 to select the step number. The step flashes orange.
• Press Select to confirm setting.
Copy A-Part to B-Part
As soon as you have created a pattern with a lenght of 16 steps at maximum, you may
copy this ”A”-part onto the, yet empty ”B”-part. This is an easy way to create variations of
existing patterns.
To copy the A-part onto the B-part, simply press A/B button in Record Mode.
Store Patterns
Patterns can be stored within the currently selected bank.
Please note: There is no undo function. So please be careful and think
twice...
• Hold Shift + press St Patt. The current pattern is shown by a green flashing LED.
Used pattern locations flash red. Empty pattern locations have a dark LED.
• Press Step button to select pattern location (LED lights up constantly red).
• Press Shift to abord the store function.
• Press Select to confirm the store function.
Clear Current Pattern
• Hold Shift + press Cl Patt. The currently active pattern will be cleared.
Please note: There is no undo function. So please be careful and think
twice...
Measure
Here you can determine the step number of the pattern.
This function has to be programmed after the scale setting.
By using step numbers different from the scale parameter (e.g. scale = 16th-triplet and
measure = 14) you can create all kinds of „odd“ beats. To create e.g. a 3/4 beat, use scale
= 16 and measure = 12.
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MIDI-Functions
MFB Tanzbär
MIDI Functions
MIDI-Functions
MFB Tanzbär
When all drum instruments are applied to MIDI notes resp. a MIDI channel this way,
Tanzbär can be played as a drumsound module by using a keyboard, a sequencer or
drumpads. In Play Mode, you may drum ”live“ to a programmed pattern.
The three MIDI sockets are used to connect MIDI devices to Tanzbär. MIDI keyboards,
controller and drumpads should be connected to MIDI In 1. MIDI In 2 is mainly for
MIDI synchronisation (MIDI clock).
Tanzbär‘s MIDI channel settings are fixed and cannot be altered. Track CV 1 sends and
receives on channel 1, track CV 2 sends and receives on channel 2 and all drum tracks
send and receive on channel 3.
Synchronisation with external devices via MIDI clock:
MIDI clock is allways sended and received. No additional settings have to be done.
Synced to an external MIDI clocksource, Tanzbär can allways be startet and
stopped with it‘s Play button. It starts/stopps exactly at the ”1” of the next
following bar without loosing it‘s sync.
Output of sequencer steps as note commands
The note output can be enabled globally. You‘ll find this function in the setup menu.
• Hold Shift + press Setup (Step 16). The setup menu is active now. The flashing
LEDs 1 - 10 visualise the available sub menus.
• Press Step 8 button. Note output is enabled.
• Pressing Step 8 again toggles between on (green) and off (red).
• Press Select to confirm the function.
Receiving MIDI notes and velocity to trigger drum instruments
Drumsound expander function
Tanzbär has to be set into MANUAL TRIGGER MODE (Rec/ManTrg LED green) to work as
a drumsound expander.
MIDI note numbers and a MIDI channel (from #3 to #16) can be applied to drum instruments by a learn function. Starting at step 3 (BD 1), an instrument-LED flashes, when
waiting for an incomming MIDI note. A MIDI note, now sended to Tanzbär, will be applied to
the instrument. Tanzbär automatically switches over to the next instrument (BD 2). As soon
as all instruments are applied to a MIDI note, the Select LED flashes. Press Select to confirm and store the data entry and close the function. Leave the function without saving the
data entry by pressing Shift. In this case, the setting is only active until Tanzbär is powered
down.
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Real Time Record
Is also Roll Record enabled, the incomming MIDI notes are recorded into Tanzbär‘s
sequencer. This way you may record patterns in realtime. The Roll Record function is
described on page 12.
Send and receive MIDI SysEx dumps
The pattern content of the current bank can be transfered as MIDI dump.
• Hold Shift + press Dump (Step 9) to start the dump transfer.
Receiving SysEx data is always possible without enabling any function. If SysEx data is
received, the current pattern bank will be overwritten. In case of SysEx malfunction, all step
buttons flash red.
We advice the following SysEx transfer applications: MidiOx (Win) and SysEx Librarian
(Mac).
MidiOx users please note: The dump sended to MidiOx must have exactly
the sice of 114848 Bytes, otherwise MidiOx shows an error message.
MIDI Controller
Tanzbär receives MIDI controller data for most of it‘s functions and parameters. You‘ll find a
MIDI controller list in the appendix of the manual (page 30).
To receive MIDI controller data, MIDI channel 10 is always used.
Track Shift
Tracks can be micro shifted resp. delayed in fractions of ticks by using MIDI controllers.
This may create interesting rhythmic effects. Please use MIDI controller 89 to 104 to
programm the track shift.
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CV/Gate-Interface
MFB Tanzbär
CV/Gate-Interface / Sync
Thanks to it‘s CV/gate and sync interface, Tanzbär is compatibel to many vintage
synthesizers, drumcomputers and sequencers.
Sequences, programmed on tracks CV 1 and CV 2/3 are sent out via Tanzbär‘s CV/gate
sockets.
Inverting Gate Signals
The outputted gate signals (Gate 1 and Gate 2) can be independently inverted:
• Hold Shift + Gate (Step 14). Step 1 and Step 2 flash green.
• Press Step 1 or Step 2 to invert the gate signals of track 1 resp. track 2
(red LED = inverted).
• Press Select to confirm the function.
MFB Tanzbär
CV/Gate-Interface
Start/Stop Impuls/Level-configuration
Some drumcomputer and sequencers send or require a short voltage pulse to start and
stop (e.g. Urzwerg, SEQ-01/02), others a constant voltage level (e.g. TR-808, Doepfer).
Tanzbär‘s start/stop socket can be configured to these needs. The settings can be
accessed via the Setup menu:
• Hold Shift + press Setup (Step 16). The Setup menu is enabled. Flashing
LEDs 1 to 10 show sub functions.
• Press Step 9. The function toggles between:
- ”impuls“ = red LED and
- ”level“ = green LED.
• Press Select to confirm the function.
Sync/Start Sockets
These sockets send or receive an analogue clock resp. start signal to synchronise Tanzbär
with vintage drumcomputers and sequencers.
Please note, that the clock signal generated by Tanzbär is sent out with the programmed
shuffle intensity. A pretty unique feature as far as we know.
Because of technical reasons, gate, clock and start/stop signals have a voltage level of 3V.
So they might not be compatible to all vintage machines.
Sync/Start In and Output
This function determines, if the sockets start/stop and clock work as inputs or outputs.
• Hold Shift + Sync (Step 13). Step 13 flashes green.
• Press Step 13 to configure these sockets as inputs or outputs (red LED = input).
• Press Select to confirm the function.
Please note: If these sockets are configured as inputs, Tanzbär will be synchronised resp. ”slaved“ to an external clock source. The Play button is out
of function.
Clock Divider
Tanzbär‘s clock output features a clock divider. It‘s settings can be accessed via the Setup
menu. Flashing LEDs 1 to 10 show it‘s sub functions.
• Hold Shift + press Setup (Step 16). The Setup menu is enabled. Flashing
LEDs 1 to 10 show sub functions.
• Press Step 5. The function toggles between:
- ”divider off“ = LED green (clockrate = 24 ticks / 1/4 note / DIN-sync)
- ”divider on“ = LED red (divider value = selected scale value; page 22).
• Press Select to confirm the function.
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Setup Functions
MFB Tanzbär
Setup Functions
The Setup menu is located ”under“ the Step 16 button. Here you‘ll find some functions to
configurate your Tanzbär. Some of them you allready know, the others are discribed here.
To open up the Setup menu:
• Hold Shift + press Setup (Step 16). The Setup menu is enabled. Flashing
LEDs 1 to 10 show sub functions.
To select Setup functions:
• Press Step buttons 1 - 10. The corresponding LED flashes, which shows an
enabled setup function.
To enter values:
• Press flashing Step button. The function toggles between up to three different
values, showed by LED = off, red or green.
Setup Functions
MFB Tanzbär
Step button 5: Sync Clock Divider
Sync clock divider:
• LED off = divider disabled (24 ticks per 1/4th note = DIN sync),
• LED on = Scale (16th, 8th triplets, 32th. etc.).
Step button 6: Mute Group
This function is related to the mute function in Play Mode. If active, both bassdrums are
muted as soon as you mute on of them.
• LED off = function off
• red
= BD 1 mutes BD 2
= BD 2 mutes BD 1
• green
Step button 7: Clear current Pattern Bank
Press Step 7 twice to clear the currentl active pattern bank.
Attention, there is no undo function!
To cancel function:
• Press Shift.
Step button 8: MIDI-note send on/off
The sequencer sends out MIDI notes on all tracks.
To confirm the function:
• Press flashing Select button. The value is saved and the Setup menu closed.
Step button 9: Start/Stop Impuls/Level
The function toggles between
• ”impuls“ = red LED (e.g. Urzwerg, SEQ-01/02) and
• ”level“
= green LED (e.g. TR-808, Doepfer).
The following Setup functions are available:
Step button 10: Factory Reset
Sets Tanzbär back to it‘s factory settings. First, the Step button flashes green, Press
Step 10 again to confirm the function. Hit Select to save the factory settings permanently.
Step button 1: Midi Trigger Learn
Please refer to page 24.
Step button 2: Tuning the internal synthesizer
When this function is enabled, the internal synthesizer plays a steady tone with a pitch of
440 Hz. You can tune it with the Data knob. The tuning affects both voices (lead and bass).
This function affects only the global setings, not the pattern memory. User
patterns will not be overwritten or deleted. If you wish to reload the factory
patterns, you have to transfer them via MIDI-dump into the Tanzbär. The
factory patterns can be downloaded from the MFB website.
Step button 3: Lead Synth on/off
Disable the internal lead synthesizer e.g. if you use the CV/gate track 1 to control external
synthesizers.
Step button 4: Bass Synth on/off
Disable the internal bass synthesizer e.g. if you use the CV/gate track 2/3 to control
external synthesizers.
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Appendix
MFB Tanzbär
Appendix
MIDI-Implementation
MIDI-Controller Assignements
Midi Implementation
No
VALUE Change
Control
No
VALUE
2
64
65
3
4
5
6
66
0..127
BD1_ATTACK
0..127
BD1_DECAY
0..127
BD1_PITCH
0..127
BD1_TUNE
0..127
BD1_NOISE
0..127
BD1_FILTER
0..127
BD1_DIST
0..127
BD1_TRIGGER
2
64
65
3
4
5
6
66
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
8
9
10
0..127
BD2_DECAY
0..127
BD2_TUNE
0..127
BD2_TONE
8
9
10
0..127
0..127
0..127
11
12
13
67
14
68
69
0..127
SD_TUNE
SD_D-TUNE
0..127
SD_SNAPPY
0..127
SD_SN_DECAY
0..127
SD_TONE
0..127
SD_TONE_DECAY
0..127
SD_PITCH
0..127
11
12
13
67
14
68
69
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
88
RS_Tune
0..127
88
0..127
70
15
71
CY_DECAY
0..127
CY_TONE
0..127
CY_TUNE
0..127
70
15
71
0..127
0..127
0..127
72
73
74
OH_DECAY
0..127
HH_TUNE
0..127
HH_DECAY
0..127
72
73
74
0..127
0..127
0..127
16
17
CL_TUNE
0..127
CL_DECAY
0..127
16
17
0..127
0..127
75
18
76
77
CP_DECAY
0..127
CP_FILTER
0..127
CP_ATTACK
0..127
CP_TRIGGER
0..127
75
18
76
77
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
Control Change
No
VALUE Change
Control
Note On
No NoteVALUE
Velocity
HTC_TUNE
HTC_DECAY
HTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
HTC_TOM_CONGA
19
20
78
79
21
22
80
81
LTC_TUNE
LTC_DECAY
LTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
LTC_TOM_CONGA
23
24
82
83
TOM_NOISE
84
CB_Tune
CB_Decay
85
86
19 36..72
0..127
20 36..72
0..127
78
0..127
79 36 0..127
37
21 38 0..127
22 39 0..127
80 40 0..127
81 41 0..127
42
23 43 0..127
24 44 0..127
82 45 0..127
83 46 0..127
47
84 48 0..127
49
0..127
MTC_TUNE
MTC_DECAY
MTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
MTC_TOM_CONGA
0..127
HTC_TUNE
CV1
0..127
HTC_DECAY
CV23
0..127
HTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
0..127
BD1
HTC_TOM_CONGA
BD2
SD
0..127
MTC_TUNE
RS
0..127
MTC_DECAY
CY
0..127
MTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
OH
0..127
MTC_TOM_CONGA
HH
CL
0..127
LTC_TUNE
CP
0..127
LTC_DECAY
LTC
0..127
LTC_NOISE_ON_OFF
MTC
0..127
LTC_TOM_CONGA
HTC
CB
0..127
TOM_NOISE
MA
85
86
0..127
0..127
MA_Decay
87
MA_Decay
0..127
87
0..127
Set Select
0
Set
0..2Select
0
0..2
Track Delay CV1
Track Delay CV23
Track Delay BD1
Track Delay BD2
Track Delay SD
Track Delay RS
Track Delay CY
Track Delay OH
Track Delay HH
Track Delay CL
Track Delay CP
Track Delay LTC
Track Delay MTC
Track Delay HTC
Track Delay CB
Track Delay MA
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
Track
0..127Delay CV1
Track
0..127Delay CV23
Track
0..127Delay BD1
Track
0..127Delay BD2
Track
0..127Delay SD
Track
0..127Delay RS
Track
0..127Delay CY
Track
0..127Delay OH
Track
0..127Delay HH
Track
0..127Delay CL
Track
0..127Delay CP
Track
0..127Delay LTC
Track
0..127Delay MTC
Track
0..127Delay HTC
Track
0..127Delay CB
Track
0..127Delay MA
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
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0..127
0..127
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Imprint
MFB – Ingenieurbüro Manfred Fricke
Neue Str. 13
14163 Berlin, Germany
www.mfberlin.de
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CB_Tune
0..127
CB_Decay
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
0..127
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