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VXXY DCM8 Digital Chiptune Drum Machine

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    Description
    The DCM8 is presented in a powder coated steel case with a CNC punched royal blue anodized aluminum front panel and white silk screen legend. The control layout has been designed to be compact and functional with eight main step editing and selection buttons, mode function buttons, an encoder knob for parameter adjustment and undo / redo buttons for ease of editing as well as live performance pattern modification. A 16 x 2 black & white negative LCD provides status information and menus for editing sounds and changing options.

    A diverse range of chip tune sounds have been recreated by an old school programmer of commercial game sound engines from Gameboy and ZX Spectrum days, mixed with modern FM synthesis, digital filtering and adjustable DAC bit masking for manic distortion effects. Step sequencing also allows for pitch and decay parameters to be edited on a per step basis, and as the sounds are produced by formulas and micro-coded sequences this allows for greater sonic flexibility rather than just tweaking the pitch of a sample. Included is the ability to generate up to 32 custom sounds via a simple yet expressive editor and utilize the sounds within programmed sequences.

    The oscillator has all traditional waveforms and a selection of 4bit wave tables, samples, generative algorithms and frequency modulation available. Noise source includes multiple different types of PRNG (pseudo random number generator) and wave formulations, and control is available over frequency, volume, and sweeping of those parameters. An LFO is also included which is routable to all parts of the synthesis engine, with selectable waveform, frequency, depth and re-triggering options.

    Basic MIDI implementation allows for synchronization with an external source or operation as clock master, with triggering of sounds and selection of internal patterns also available.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM
    Pattern Engine
    Programming: Step
    Pattern Notes:
    + 64 patterns in 8 banks of 8
    + Selectable 8, 16 or 32 per steps pattern
    + half, normal or double speed time scales
    Sounds Per Pad
    Sounds Per Pad: 1
    Sources: ROM
    Sounds Notes:
    255 digital chip synthesized sounds
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 8
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Storage
    Patterns User: 128
    Patterns Preset: 128
    Drum Kits User: 32
    Storage: Internal
    External Storage: MIDI
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Trigger Pads : 8 pads, Buttons
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs
    Display Type: LCD
    Display Count H: 16
    Display Count V: 2
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 200 x 116 x 67 mm
    Weight: 1 kg
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
    DAC Bits: 8
    Pricing
    List: $459
    Retail: $350
    Used: $100 - $200
    Production
    Released: 2011
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