E-licktronic has introduced a DIY clone of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, the YOCTO.
According to E-licktronic, the YOCTO is an exact reproduction of the analog part of the TR – 808 (with the exception of the BA662 VCA Clap has been replaced by a BA6110). The classic analog drum synth sound engine is paired with a MIDI sequencer that lets you store up to 256 patterns, organized into 16 banks of 16 patterns in a Non-volatile EEPROM.
Looks interesting – but does it sound like an 808?
Here’s a set of audio demos. Check them out and let us know what you think: Continue reading
These images capture the Moog Analog Drum Machine prototype, from 1970.
Bob Moog built this drum machine machine for TV Theme / Jingle composer Eric Siday. Moog’s Analog Drum Machine consisted of prototype modules for drum and percussion synthesis. Continue reading
Developer Jan Cumpelik has introduced the Lunchbeat groovebox – an ‘impossibly dirty’ 1-bit drum machine.
It’s designed to be a ‘minimalistic groovemachine’ that also offers interesting lo fi sounds.
Here’s a demo of the LunchBeat in action: Continue reading
This video, via SynthMania, takes a quick look at an old-school sequencing trick, using a drum machine to rhythmically clock an arpeggiator (or sequencer). Continue reading
Bleep Labs has released the Bleep Drum + MIDI, a new version of their Bleep Drum module, with full MIDI control.
Now you can trigger the four samples, toggle noise and reverse modes, as well as change the pitch of all four samples with any device that can send MIDI.
Retrofit kits are also available to upgrade any previous Bleep or Dam Drum. Continue reading
This video, via FordTweedle, offers a gratuitous display of drum on drum action, featuring Hyboid’s Oberheim DMX facing Telebot’s Linn LM-1.