Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

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Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by musicweasel » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:41 am

I'm looking for a decent, inexpensive percussion synthesizer that can make snappy analog sounds but doesn't have all the seq/groovebox xox stuff. I already have a hardware sequencer so I just want to trigger one-shots. It doesn't have to be analog but should have some good sound sculpting possibilities. It can also have sampling capabilities.
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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by what gives? » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:56 am

Nord drum? It has several modes of synthesis that covers a huge range of possibilities and niceness.

However, if you’re looking to do live tweaking on it, you may want to use a controller with lots of controls as the nord drum panel has a rather minimalistic layout.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by col » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:22 pm

If you want cheap, look at the Alesis rack mount drum modules, DM4, DM5, DMPro although the pro are hard to find nowadays. You could also try one of the electronic drum kit modules.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by nostalghia » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:02 pm

Other rack mount drum modules (80s era) with both midi and trigger in jacks: Roland R8M, Yamaha RM50. Typically around $150 used in good condition. Slots for cards with different sample sets and programmed kits. The catch: difficult to edit sounds from front panel-programming these takes some time to figure out and the manuals are pretty bad. Emu Procussion or Kawai XD5 are other possibilities if you only need midi, more synthy, less regular drum sounds.

I have the Nord 2, can recommend it.
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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by PLNB » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:04 pm

Still having fun pulling sounds from the Division Department 01/IV. Only 4 sounds per box, but for its size, you can pull out a variety of sounds. Very knobby, and plays well with midi and cc. A nord drum/01/IV combo is good times.

https://www.thedivisiondepartment.com/pages/01-iv

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by blakeq » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:43 am

Audiothingies double drummer sounds like your jam.

https://www.audiothingies.com/product/doubledrummer/


You could also use something like the volca drum and the volca sample.

Or the ik multimedia. Uno drum

The last two options do have sequencers that you don't have to use.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by 1040df » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:57 pm

ND1 is selling for cheap. Highly recommend it. I would even say get it over the ND2. Besides the price being way to high for ND2. The ND1 sounds better, punchy "fat". Yes no CC# control but the interface is so easy to navigate and tweak with your fingers. Cool little red box.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by nthall » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:10 pm

Akai S2000 with a USB stick upgrade.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by Robert McLeod » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:30 am

Novation Drum Station
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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by Red Electric Rainbow » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:05 am

You can get a Nord Lead 1 or 2 as an alternative. They come with really cool drum kits / percussion sets. Prices aren’t bad at all. They’re pretty punchy, super tweakable and quite capable. You can even sequence the arpeggiator. It can obviously double as a full fledged synthesizer too. Rackmount and keyboard versions available.
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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by chiasticon » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:57 am

how inexpensive? for this sort of thing I'd go for the Vermona DRM1 (older revisions would be cheaper), Division Department 01/IV, Moog DFAM, or Syncussion clone. some of that is likely not inexpensive enough, but they've got tons of sound sculpting abilities and are all analog.

edit: sorry the DFAM isn't midi controlled, actually. and I should note that you'd have to get the Psyco X variant of the Syncussion, to get midi. the other could be triggered by any sound source though.

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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by Notron fn » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:00 am

I wouldn't kick this out of my rack..
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Re: Looking for a decent midi controlled drum module

Post by nthall » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:06 pm

Notron fn wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:00 am
I wouldn't kick this out of my rack..

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I want one of those in my rack now.

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