Polyend PERC Robotic MIDI Drummer Now Available For Pre-Order

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Polish startup Polyend has announced that the PERC – a MIDI-controlled system for playing acoustic percussion instruments – is now available for pre-order.

The PERC system can be combined with any set of drums to create a robotic virtual drummer, to augment a traditional drum kit or to create live acoustic drumming that explores territory that might be impossible for a human drummer.

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DSI Tempest Drum Machine Update In The Works

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine

We recently reported on a petition, organized by owners of the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine, asking for DSI to prioritize Tempest OS updates.

There was a huge amount of discussion on the post – and DSI’s Carson Day provided a very detailed response. In his comments, he addressed each of the issues listed in the petition, noting whether they’re known issues and whether the company considers them bugs or feature requests.

His response was qualified, though, by this statement: “We will be revisiting the Tempest OS, and hopefully soon, but the Change.org petition has no bearing on our timeframe, and we can’t specifically guarantee when will dive back in.”

A month later, though, it looks like the wheels are in motion for some updates to the Tempest.  Continue reading

808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

free-roland-808-sample-libraryAtlantic Films and You Know Films have announced plans to release the Roland TR-808 documentary, 808, simultaneously on Apple Music/iTunes and in theaters, later this year.

The film chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its use in popular music. The film features commentary and contributions from Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and others.

Here’s the official trailer: Continue reading

Free Novation Circuit Updates Make It Way More Powerful


Novation has announced the release of Circuit Components, a suite of free tools that expand the functionality of their Circuit groovebox.

Circuit Components makes Circuit way more powerful, adding sample import, a patch editor, cloud-based backup and more.

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Build Your Own Roland TR-909-Inspired Drum Machine

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e-licktronic has introduced the Nava – a DIY kit to build a Roland TR-909-inspired drum machine.

According to the company – the analog circuitry of the Nava reproduces the design of the 909 and uses the original components. The sequencer, though, is redesigned ‘for a more intuitive approach to rhythmic composition’.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Nava in action: Continue reading