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Analogue Drum Machine

Post by imperets » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:21 pm

So my birthday is coming up and I decided to give myself an analogue drum machine as a gift. :D I can't afford an 808 or 909, so I did some research I found two manufacturers that produce such devices still: Vermona and Jomox. I'm willing to spend around $900, so I can't get that 888 or 999 by Jomox. What I CAN get is the MBase kick synth and the Mbrane percussion synth together as a bundle. Alternatively, I can get Vermona Drm1 Mk3 for the same price.

Here's the shootout:

Jomox M.Brane11+M.Bass11 VS Vermona Drm1 Mk3

or

Jomox M.Brane11+Vermona Kick Lancet VS Vermona Drm1 Mk3

Keep in mind that I already have an EMX-1 and am not satisfied with how I'm not able to tweak each individual drum sound that much. The sound clarity is also a little lo-fi, which is not good for the music I'm making.

OR I can just forget about getting an analogue drum machine and get a Volcano vape

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by space6oy » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:35 pm

my vote would be for the DRM1 regardless, but if you're planning to sample them instead of sequencing it's kind of just your call.


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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by Z » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:28 pm

+1 on Vermona DRM-1

Other ideas: MAM ADX-1, Simmons SDSV, SDS9 or SDS1000 and Tama TS-305 or TS-306. The ADX-1 can be triggered via MIDI, but the Simmons & Tama brains would need to be triggered via trigger outs or individual drum outputs. The Analog Solutions Europa sequencer has 7 trigger outs and uses classic Roland x0x style programming.

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by jeeroj » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:41 pm

MFB!

have a look on here, you could get a couple of lovely drum machines from them, one like a 909 and one like an 808. I'm not certain what the prices will be in the USA but worth a look :D

http://www.mfberlin.de/Produkte/Musikel ... ronik.html
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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by imperets » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:18 pm

Z wrote:+1 on Vermona DRM-1

Other ideas: MAM ADX-1, Simmons SDSV, SDS9 or SDS1000 and Tama TS-305 or TS-306. The ADX-1 can be triggered via MIDI, but the Simmons & Tama brains would need to be triggered via trigger outs or individual drum outputs. The Analog Solutions Europa sequencer has 7 trigger outs and uses classic Roland x0x style programming.

As far as sonic qualities go, which one of those machines stands out?

I also read reviews which say that Vermonas cannot really reproduce traditional x0x sounds very well and are only good for creating "weird" timbers. Is that true to any extent?

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by space6oy » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:25 pm

demos of each of its sounds on their website.

http://vermona.com/index.php/en_drm1mk3.html

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by Sir Nose » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:10 pm

You can also trigger the Simmons brains with audio. I trigger my SDS400 all the time with audio (you might need a pre amp to get it hot enough depending on the source). Any drum machine with individual outs can be used as a trigger source.
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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by imperets » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:11 pm

I was listening to the demos and i REALLY liked the sound of MFB-522. To my ear, it sounded even more pleasant than an 808. Maybe it's just a subjective reaction, I dunno. Overall, I liked MFB-522 the most, then Jomox Mbass 111 and then Vermona. The MFBs are much cheaper than Vermonas but they do the same thing. Is there a reason?

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by Sir Nose » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:13 pm

imperets wrote:The MFBs are much cheaper than Vermonas but they do the same thing. Is there a reason?
Size and build quality are 2 big ones.
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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by imperets » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:51 pm

I couldn't find a US dealer who had the MFB522 in stock. So now I'm leaning towards the Mbase/Mbrain combo as I prefer their sound to that of the Vermona.

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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by jeeroj » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:34 pm

Sir Nose wrote: Size and build quality are 2 big ones.

people are always moaning about "build quality" i don't know anyone who has had a problem with the quality of the build. Maybe "i don't like the feel of the pots" would be a better thing to say rather than a sweeping generalisation which has no basis...
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Re: Analogue Drum Machine

Post by space6oy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:06 pm

email MFB & buy direct. i've purchased a few of their modules that way.

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