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Dr. Böhm Digital Drums

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Dr. Böhm DIGITAL DRUMS is a rhythm machine made in Germany in '82.-'83., that’s been called ''the German Linndrum''.

It came in 2 versions:

1. as a drum machine
2. as a drum machine + analog accompaniment, like this one.

It has 13 bit, 21.3 kHz digital drum samples and analog sound generation for the accompaniment. This machine has preset rhythms (36 classic rhythms x 4 variation for each + autofills, breaks and solos for each) and most importantly, it is also programmable (multiple sounds per step!), in step by step mode or in real-time while playing a loop (it has a metronome too); you can set measures, global tempos, lengths...

On the accompaniment version (like is this machine), a dedicated keyboard can be attached (it is included), in order to set chords while playing live. The cords are not programmable, only drums are.

It has two 1/4inch outs (for stereo out), one 1/4inch stereo headphone output, ''cassette'' out (for saving memory) and ''trigger'' output for FSK synching (i can explain this if needed).


Type: Digital
Sound Engine: Sampling
Pattern Engine
Programming: Real Time, Step
Sounds Per Pad
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: Samples, Synthesizer
Sounds Notes:
+ 13 bit 21.3 kHz drum samples
+ Analog synthesizer accompaniment sounds
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 24
Timbrality: 24
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patterns User: 1
Patterns Preset: 34
Storage: Internal, Tape
External Storage: MIDI
Case: Desktop
Trigger Pads : 24 pads, Buttons, Hard Pads
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Sequencer
Display Type: LED, Numeric
Display Count H: 4
Display Count V: 1
Dimensions (WxDxH): 48 x 36 x 16 cm / 19 x 14 x 6 inches
Weight: 10 kg / 22 lbs
MIDI / Sync / Trigger
Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 4
Used: $1,000 - $2,000
Released: 1982
Used By
Michael Jackson
References & Sources

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