Vermona ER-9 — analog rhythm machine

July 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

1976 made in GDR
Playing all the presets in a moderate tempo dry without FX.
The noisy beginning and end are due to the stormy wheather :-) the noise does not come from the machine!

The ER-9 was built by Vermona from East(!)-Germany aka DDR in the early 1980ies (or even late 1970ies?). It has 16 Rhythms which can be mixed by pressing multiple Switches and 9 Instruments: Bassdrum, Tom, Bongo, Claves, Cowbell, Snare, Cymbal, Highhat and Maracas. The first 6 Instruments are built with a double-T-Matrix, mostly around just ONE transistor. All voices are mixed into a 2-transistor-mixer. Extremely clean, simple and efficient.

Inside there are multiple cards which are stuck into simple sockets. Most cards are housing 2 or 3 voices. On top of the cards are trimpots for calibration. On most cards one is for calibrating the damping of the doubleT-Network-oscillation or simply spoken: decay for BD, Tom, Bongo, Clave or Cowbell, which has 3 Oscillators, most analog drumcomputers including 808 just have 2 for the cowbell. If you stumble upon a ER-9 and the owner sais “it just makes a constant tone when i plug it on” i guess it is just a decalibrated pot letting one voice selfoscillate.

Elektron: Introducing Analog Rytm OS 1.01

May 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron has released Analog Rytm OS 1.01, and update that introduces two new machines. BDFM (Bass drum FM) and SDFM (Snare drum FM) are based on linear FM synthesis and give the Analog Rytm with new sonic possibilities.

OS 1.01 introduces two new machines. BDFM (Bass drum FM) and SDFM (Snare drum FM) are based on linear FM synthesis and endow the Analog Rytm with even more sonic possibilities. Other improvements brought by OS 1.01 include more copy/paste options and several usability tweaks. For a full list of changes, see the documentation included with the upgrade zip-file.

Audio examples of the new FM machines in action can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/elektron/sets/…

Analog Rytm OS 1.01 is available for free download athttp://www.elektron.se

VERMONA ER-9 Vintage Rhythm Box 1976

April 7, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Vermona ER-9 is a rare East German rhythm box. The manufacturer is VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb) Klingenthaler Harmonikawerke.

It’s not programmable, but the presets are free combinable. Every drum sound has its own volume knob, that makes it flexible. Check out that GDR sound ;-)

Akai releases Rhythm Wolf drum machine and bass synth

March 11, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Akai is the latest brand to get in on the vintage-inspired groovebox action with the announcement of the Rhythm Wolf – an analogue unit combining a five-voice drum machine and single-ocsillator bass synth.

The drum machine section of the Rhythm Wolf comprises kick, snare, metallic percussion, and open and closed hi-hat sounds, all of which are tuneable. The bass synth, meanwhile, can be switched between saw and square waveshapes, and features a filter with resonance control and a basic envelope shaper. Akai describes Rhythm Wolf as having an “authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers” – no prizes for guessing which instruments the company is alluding to.

The whole unit is built around a 32-step sequencer, and also features six MPC pads for live performance. There’s also a ‘Howl’ distortion circuit for adding a bit of dirt to the sounds. Additionally, the Rhythm Wolf features a USB MIDI connection and has both MIDI and gate in and out ports, so can be triggered via a DAW or external hardware. It packs a swing control on its front panel, and the unit also appears to have a built-in preset bank.

Arguably the most interesting aspect of the Rhythm Wolf, however, is its price. At an estimated street price of $199, the unit comes in at slightly cheaper than the combined price of the Volca Beats and Bass, and cheaper than either the Roland TR-8 or TB-3.

The Rhythm Wolf is due to arrive summer 2014. Visit Akai Professional for more details.

Rhythm Wolf highlights (from the official press release)

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
  • Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion
  • Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads.
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies
  • Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming
  • Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios
  • Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources
  • Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing

Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer (1985)

January 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage gear demo, details below:

The sample based Roland TR-707 from the year 1985 was my first drummachine and I really love the crisp 8bit sound.

- 15 sounds (kick 1, kick 2, snare 1, snare 2, low tom, mid tom, high tom, rim-shot, cow bell, hand clap, tambourine, open and closed high-hat, crash/ ride cymbals)

- 64 pattern

TR-707 review written by me for the german amazona music magazine:
http://www.amazona.de/black-box-rolan…

NAMM 2014: Elektron Analog Rytm Drum Machine

January 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

See and hear Elektron’s brand new Analog Rytm hybrid analogue and digital drum machine in this exclusive demo at NAMM 2014

Elektron Analog RYTM Drum Machine Analog drum synth with sample layer

Roland AIRA — TR-909 Rhythm Composer

January 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland engineers discuss the technologies involved in getting the right sounds for the successor to the TR-808. The TR-909 Rhythm Composer evolved from the TR-808, adding digital samples and MIDI. House and Techno were born. Now the next step begins.

http://www.roland.com/aira

Time machine: ELGAM MATCH 7c Analog Rhythm Box 1972

January 11, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Elgam Match 7c is a non programmable analog rhythm box from Italy – the first from Elgam. It came out 1972. The 7 rhythms are mixable and very basic. It has a characteristic sound!

He plays the Elgam with delay and reverb effects (Lexicon MPX-500 and Roland DEP-5).

KR Mini portable rhythm machine is now available

December 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Korg have announced that the KR Mini portable rhythm machine is now on its way to a retail store near you. The KR mini – an easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker and optional battery power for play-anywhere convenience. It’s a great companion for practicing and performing with guitar, bass, keyboards, winds, or any type of instrument

Designed for guitarists, bassists, pianists or any musician looking for easy rhythm accompaniment, the KR mini features nostalgic looks and a simple design focused on easy, push-button control. The KR mini is also lightweight, can run on batteries and has a built-in speaker, allowing it to provide a backing rhythm pattern anywhere at any time. With a total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns across the genres, the compact KR Mini is ready to accompany any performance.

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button
  • Chain function lets you arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs
  • Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop
  • Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms
  • Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere without the need for an additional monitor
  • Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system
  • Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3)

Little surprise from KORG – the KR Mini

September 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Designed for guitarists, bassists, pianists or any musician looking for easy rhythm accompaniment, the KR mini features nostalgic looks and a simple design focused on easy, push-button control. The KR mini is also lightweight, can run on batteries and has a built-in speaker, allowing it to provide a backing rhythm pattern anywhere at any time. With a total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns across the genres, the compact KR Mini is ready to accompany any performance.

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Key Features:

  • Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button
  • Chain function lets you arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs
  • Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop
  • Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms
  • Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere without the need for an additional monitor
  • Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system
  • Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3)

For more information on the KR Mini Rhythm Machine, head over to http://www.Korg.com/KRmini.

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