Kick Drum Synthesis With The Roland Scooper Eurorack Module

This video, via Voltage Control Lab, takes a look synthesizer kick drums using FM synthesis on the Roland Scooper.

While the Scooper is, by default, a looper and effects processor, it can be repatched, using the Aira Modular Customizer, to customize its functionality.  Continue reading

Electro-Harmonix Intros Crash Pad Drum Synth

electro-harmonix-crash-padElectro-Harmonix has released the Crash Pad drum synth – an updated version of the 80’s analog original.

Like the original from 1980, the Crash Pad can create an array of drum sounds, as well as process external sounds thru its resonant filter.

The new version has been updated to respond to expression pedal/CV input for external control over the filter in real-time. Continue reading

Audio Damage Neuron FM Drum Synth Module (Sneak Preview)

Audio Damage has released a video sneak preview of their new Neuron Eurorack FM drum synthesis module.

In the official intro video, above, AD’s Chris Randall gives an overview of the Neuron, followed by ‘Captain Crazypatch’ audio demos.  Continue reading

Ninstruments SP-12/Drumulator Drum Module (Sneak Preview)

ninstrument-drumulatorNinstrument has introduced a new Eurorack drum synth module, the SP-12/Drumulator.

The SP-12/Drumulatori is a 10 HP Euro module, based on the DSP Synthesizers DSP-D8 drum chip.

Here’s what Ninstrument’s Chris Blarsky has to say about the new module:

“Seeing this made me long for the older 80’s drum machines and I knew it would also be nice if I could get this into my eurorack using the least amount of space(HP) as possible. Well, getting 8 vintage percussion sounds into 10HP works for me!”

Here is a video demo of the SP-12/Drumulator module in action: Continue reading

DSP Synthesizers dsp-D8 PCM Drum Chip Now Shipping

dsp-d8-drum-synth-chipDeveloper Jan Ostman of DSP Synthesizers let us know that the dsp-D8 Drum Chip –  a chip for DIY drum machine projects – is now shipping.

The dsp-D8 Drum Chip features a drum kit with 8 sounds and separate trigger inputs. 6 of the sounds can be separately tuned, using 6 analog inputs 0-5v.

“This is the Drumulator or SP-12 in a single chip,” says Ostman.

Here’s a video demo of a dsp-D8 prototype in action: Continue reading

New Kick Drum Synth, KickR, For OS X

kickr-drum-synthGuDa Audio has introduced KickR – a kick drum synthesizer for OS X.


  • Designed ground up to create nothing but  kicks.
  • Three sections of Body, Thump and Noise for quick but still detailed control
  • Warm EQ is an old school style EQ that adds very mild saturation when pushing the levers up. ‘Great for sculpting and giving your kicks that extra ohmpf.’
  • Customizable interface with different color themes and knob styles
  • CPU friendly

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Elastic Drums Offers 6 Channels Of Drum Synthesis

elastic-drumsElastic Drums is a software synth for iPhone that offers 6 channels of synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 FX channels.


  • 6 synth channels with 10 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hit, clap, tom, … fm, grain)
  • 12 parameters for each synth engine
  • automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity
  • 4 send effect channels with 2×11 mono effects and 2 x 9 stereo effects
  • automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad
  • master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
  • 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length
  • record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare
  • email audio recordings and presets
  • iOS 8 supported

Here are official Elastic Drums audio demos: Continue reading