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date: 15 November 2019

Kit, Thelocked

  • Hugh Davies


An electronic percussion instrument developed by Clive Button about 1980 and manufactured by MPC Electronics Ltd in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, from 1982. The device won a ‘best product of the show’ award at the winter 1982 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California, and attracted immediate offers for distribution. The electronics components were subcontracted from Medco Electronics and the hardware from an Israeli firm. The Kit consists of a small console, 26.5 by 24 cm, incorporating four large and three small drum pads (played with the fingers) which trigger a range of electronically generated percussion sounds; a rhythm unit (hi-hat only) is included. Three additional consoles, which can be triggered from The Kit, provide timpani, hand-clap, and non-imitative percussion sounds. In 1983 the company produced the much larger Music Percussion Computer (also designed by Clive Button), with eight drum pads, which could be interfaced with a small home computer, the Sinclair ZX 81, to expand its capabilities. MPC Electronics was founded in ...

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