MFB-Tanzbär Analog Drum Machine & Synthesizer Now Available


MFB is now shipping the Tanzbär analog drum machine & synthesizer, which they say is ‘ideally suited for live performance’.

The Tanzbär drum-computer offers fourteen analogue percussion instruments, as well as a synthesizer for bass- and melodic voices. Its integrated step-sequencer allows flashlight-programming and storage of up to 144 patterns. Continue reading

The Dam Drum 2 – A Handheld Drum Machine & Sequencer

dam-drum-machineStones Throw, Dam-Funk and Bleep Labs have introduced the Dam Drum 2 – a handheld drum machine & sequencer.

Dam-Drum is a collaboration with Dam and Bleep Labs, who designed and built the drum in Austin, Texas.

Version 2.0 features four new drum sounds – three based on the Roland R70 and a pitchable bass tone modeled after a Juno 106 – with new buttons and a matte circuit board.

Like the Dam-Drum version 1, released summer 2012, this version is handmade and limited edition. ??Includes a case and function controls instruction sheet. Requires a 9 volt battery (not included).  Continue reading

Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 – New Documentary Looks At Roland TR-808

Producers Alex Noyer, Arthur Baker and Alex Dunn have released this preview of an upcoming documentary on the Roland TR-808 and its role in music.

Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 is scheduled for release in 2013.

Amazing Lego Mindstorms Drum Machine – The NXT-606!

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This is a video demo of Peter Cocteau’s NXT-606 sample playback drum machine – a DIY Lego Mindstorms drum machine!

The NNT-606 app is available as a free download.


  • Monophonic sample based drum machine
  • 24 percussion and Fx sounds
  • Sampling rate: 8Khz
  • memory: 96 measures
  • control: 2 rotation sensor +NXT buttons
  • hacked loud speaker to mono output: jack 6,35mm
  • Editor: NXT-G
  • Real time operation

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Drum Gloves Let You Drum On Anything

Beat on the Block is a set of set of drum gloves that are designed to let you drum on anything.

The system is made up of a gloves paired with a backpack speaker system with a built-in looping system. The move below captures the prototype for the drum gloves in action:

Beat on the Block was created during a school project by: Kristo De Pooter, Arnoud den Besten, Sam Vesters, Thomas Leterme at the Artesis University college of Antwerp, Belgium May 2010.

via designboom, Arnoud

Free Virtual Roland TR-808 Drum Machine, TS-808

Free Windows Music Software: Tactile Sounds’ TS-808 is a free software emulation (Windows VSTi plugin) of the Roland TR-808 drum machine:

The TR-808 service notes provide full schematics for each voice. I used them to make SPICE simulations of the circuits. I also analysed the best samples I could find (The Tape808, by Goldbaby), and tweaked the sounds until the waveforms and spectral content were as close as possible to the real thing. Most of the voices have more parameters and a greater range than their hardware predecessor.

The TS-808 was a labour of love – I made it because I wanted to make music with it. I decided to make it available at no fixed cost because I thought others would enjoy using it too. If you use it a lot, and especially if you derive an income from your use of it, please consider making a donation. The TS-808 was made with SynthEdit.

Download at the Tactile Sounds site.

Video via myVST