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E-mu Drumulator Sample-Based Drum-Machine

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    The Drumulator is a rhythm/drum machine that features twelve digitally recorded drum sounds stored on computer chips, and extensive solid-state recording capabilities. You may record up to 36 individual rhythm patterns (called segments), and then combine these segments in just about any order imaginable to create up to 8 songs.

    When composing/recording a segment (which can be up to 99 measures long!), a metronome click indicates the tempo, and a light shows the beginning of the segment. To record, say, the bass drum part of a rhythm, you listen to the metronome and play the bass drum wherever you want it to occur in the segment. The Drumulator then remembers where you wanted the bass drum, and can even correct for timing inaccuracies.

    You may record up to four drum sounds at any one time; you may then stop recording, change over to four new drum sounds, resume recording, and continue “overdubbing” these new drums for up to 12 drum parts. You can edit the part as you go along (erase some sounds, add others, erase only certain beats of certain sounds, and so on), alter the dynamics of each drum, and vary the overall mix of the drums.

    You may play segments individually or combine them into songs. To create a song, you tell the machine which segments you want to use, the order you want them in, and any repeats, which might occur in the song. If you want to edit the song, no problem: you can insert new segments, delete old ones, add repeats, change tempos in the middle of a song, or even jump automatically to a different song after the first one has finished playing.

    The Drumulator lets you create virtually any time signature you want, includes built -in battery backup which stores the segments and songs for up to five years (or, transfer this data over to cassette for permanent storage), provides long and short “beep” messages to confirm your instructions and advise you of the Drumulator’s status, and is compatible with any device that can drive other drum units — and even some devices which can’t drive other drum units.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM
    Pattern Engine (+) Open Manual Page
    Programming: Real Time
    Sounds Per Pad (+) Open Manual Page
    Sounds Per Pad: 12
    Sources: ROM
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 12
    Timbrality: 12
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patterns User: 36
    Songs User: 8
    Storage: Internal, Tape
    Case: Desktop
    Trigger Pads : 4 pads, Hard Pads
    Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Sequencer
    Display Type: LED
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger (+) Open Manual Page
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, RCA, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 11
    Audio Output Notes: 10 x RCA Mono
    CV Ports: Gate Out
    Control Features: 4 x 1/4 CV gate outs
    DAC Bits: 12
    DAC Frequency Rate: 32
    List: $995
    Used: $900
    Released: 1983
    Used By
    Keith LeBlanc, Big Black, Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Front 242, Howard Jones, Jean Michel Jarre, Kenny Loggins, Lou Reed, Tears for Fears, Ultravox
    Design Notes:

    Hardware & Software Design: Dave Rossum
    Functional Design: Marco Alpert
    Package Design: Ken Provost
    Manual written and produced by Craig Anderton

    Original Drum Recordings:
    Produced by: Marco Alpert, Kevin Monahan, Tom Paddock
    Engineered by: Tom Paddock
    Drums Played by: Bill Gibson, Chris Pedersen
    Recorded at: Ayre Studios, San Jose, CA

    Sound Digitization:
    Produced by: Marco Alpert, Kevin Monahan, Tom Paddock
    Engineered by: Tom Paddock, Alan Goldwater, Justin Mayer

    Digitization performed at:
    Ayre Studios, San Jose, CA,
    Bear Creek Studios Boulder Creek, CA
    Magic Sound, Santa Cruz, CA
    Manuals & Documents

    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
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