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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
Sound Engine: 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
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