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Elka Drummer One Analog Drum Machine

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    Description
    The Elka Drummer One Analog Drum Machine has 16 preset rhythms and 9 individual drum sounds that all have volume knobs on the front of the unit.

    Notes on the Solo Rhythmer interface connector from the auction:

    Just as an FYI, when I was testing the circuits, I also casually checked out the "Solo Rhythmer" plug on the rear of the unit. My best guess, considering the vintage of this unit, is that it was used to interface with an Elka organ and provide some sort of gating/arpeggio CV-type functions to the organ. When I made connections to different points with a volt meter, I found the following functions which could be accessed if you were willing to hack into the unit and put 1/8" ins and outs instead of the very odd connector that it uses-

    · trigger outputs (kick for sure, perhaps snare)

    · different drum patterns (making one connection for example would trigger the snare to play more often within a given pattern- seemed like a "fill" function of some sort)

    · clock outputs (one of them was 1 ppqn if I remember correctly)

    · something that shorted the audio, which I would guess might be individual outs for the drum machine

    · there could have been trigger inputs, but I wasn't very thorough with my testing of this function as it's not a main feature of this unit
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Pattern Engine
    Programming: Presets
    Pattern Notes:
    The 16 preset rhythms available on this machine:
    Waltz
    Tango
    Polka
    Paso Doble
    Swing
    Slow
    Beguine
    Cha-Cha
    Rumba
    Samba
    Mambo
    Bossa Nova
    Rock
    Slow Rock
    Shake
    Rhythm & Blues
    Sounds Per Pad
    Sounds Per Pad: 9
    Sources: Synthesizer
    Sounds Notes:
    The 9 drum sounds (all with individual volume control knobs on the front):

    Bass-Drum
    Conga
    Tom 1
    Tom 2
    Cowbell
    Claves
    Snare-Drum
    Short Cymbal
    Long Cymbal
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 9
    Timbrality: 9
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patterns Preset: 19
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Start / Stop Pedal, Sliders
    Display Type: LED
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    Control Features: Solo Rhythmer connector on back.
    Power: 120V AC 8W
    Used: $600
    Production
    Released: 1976
    Used By
    Kraftwerk, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Cluster
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