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VXXY DCM8 Digital Chiptune Drum Machine

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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.


Type: Digital
Sound Engine: 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
Patterns User: 128
Patterns Preset: 128
Drum Kits User: 32
Storage: Internal
External Storage: MIDI
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
DAC Bits: 8
List: $459
Retail: $350
Used: $100 - $200
Released: 2011
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