The Riot Control Drone Commander

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Eric Archer’s Drone Commander is a $325 portable synthesizer housed in an awesome Riot Control Agent box.

With a total of 9 knobs, the Drone Commander offers two manually-tuned oscillators and two LFOs, plus an unusually colorful and nasty filter. LFO1 is an analog variable-shape oscillator, and LFO2 is a pulse waveform that auto-synchronizes to LFO1 at a ratio of 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Both LFOs can be routed to the filter for rhythmic patterns. A line-level output jack is provided for connection to amplifiers or effects.

Six of the Drone Commander’s nine knobs double as push-pull switches to control signal routing and waveform selection.

The Drone Commander is housed in a dark green military ammunition case with engraved aluminum control panel. The case is welded steel with an easily removable, rubber gasketed lid.

The unit is powered by a 9V battery accessible through a slide-out drawer in the side, as well as a 9VDC adapter.

You can preview the sound of Drone Commander below:


Details at Archer’s site.

via the Synthtopia Flickr Group

One thought on “The Riot Control Drone Commander

  1. actually the Riot Control ammo box was a rare find. I wonder if its contents were actually put to use?! the standard Drone Commander enclosure says stuff like:
    200 CRTG
    7.62MM NATO
    4 M80 1 M62


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