The Delptronics Little Drummer Boy LDB-1 Analog Drum Machine

The Delptronics LDB-1 “Little Drummer Boy” is a modern take on the classic analog drum machines of the 80’s, like the Roland TR-606 and TR-808.

The brain of the LDB-1 is a powerful digital microcontroller that triggers the analog drum sounds and provides the sequencer, programmability and connectivity features.

The LDB-1 interfaces with other instruments, synthesizers, DAWs, etc. through analog connections, MIDI, and DINsync.

Here’s an intro video for the Delptronics Little Drummer Boy:

Features:

  • Eight Analog Drum Sounds
    • Bass Drum
    • Low Tom
    • High Tom
    • Snare Drum
    • Wood Block
    • Hand Clap
    • Closed Hi-hat
    • Open Hi-hat
  • Eight voice polyphony
    • All drums can be played simultaneously, including
  • open and closed hi-hat for a super punchy cymbal
  • Play Modes
    • Play Individual Drums
    • Play Patterns, including chaining up to 8 patterns
    • Play Songs with Pattern Fills
  • Programmability
    • 32 User Patterns – plus 32 Built-in Patterns
    • 16 Songs of 24 patterns each
    • Configuration Options (MIDI channel, trigger modes, etc)
    • All data is retained without power
  • Connectivity
    • Powered by built-in 9V battery, or standard pedal power supply
    • MIDI Input for playing individual drums, and MIDI clock and start/stop messages
    • DIN Sync Input for both clock and gate (start/stop)
    • Analog Clock Input
    • Analog Gate (start/stop) Input
    • Analog Trigger Output on selected steps and/or instruments

The LDB-1 Analog Drum Machine is available for US $240. In addition to being available prebuilt, the LB-1 is available as a DIY project for $140.

8 thoughts on “The Delptronics Little Drummer Boy LDB-1 Analog Drum Machine

  1. drum sounds are a little on the thin side, maybe just the audio on the video.
    no pitch change on the drum sounds either, but i can deal with that.
    price is about $50 more than the monotribe, but way more sounds.
    that being said i own a monotribe and will probably get one of these in time.
    cool stuff.

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  2. Sorry, but I’m not a fan of these sounds. I’d rather pay more and get an acidlab miami or an elektron machinedrum.

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  3. come on¡ you can´t edit the sound… don´t compare the machine to a 808. It’s just like a 606. MFB has the same price but you´re able to edit the drum sounds.

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  4. Nice to see another new analog drum machine on the market. The price is very good. However, without the ability to tweak the sounds(i.e pitch, decay, attack, release, etc…) it’s no fun for me and somewhat useless. I find that when incorporating drum sounds into a mix you definitely need to tweak heavily to have it blend properly and it’s a shame this unit does not have that ability as I was very excited at that price point.

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  5. I recently got one and I am enjoying it. I personally like the warm analog sounds that it has, and it doesn’t sound “cheesy” like some drum machines can. I sync it up with my Monotribes and they sound great together!!!

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