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JoMox XBase 999 Analog Drum Synthesizer

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The XBASE 999 is a drum machine with 9 instruments. 4 of them are completely made up of advanced analog discrete circuitries and combine true analog sound with the advantage of full digital control of all parameters. The other 5 instruments are based on short 8 bit samples which are processed by an analog VCA envelope. They are of course also controllable in the digital domain. Thus they can be stored in memory and be remotely controlled by Midi.

In order to affect the analog sound production as little as possible, all D/A converters are specially adapted to the parameters and being integrated into the circuitry. By doing so, the parameter control is provided for each trigger almost without any delay – which makes the necessary technical efforts in the XBASE 999 quite big.

Additionally, the XBASE 999 has a great sounding stereo filter that allows for independent control of cutoff, Q and resonance. It is also controllable by Midi CC and can be sequenced by the internal sequencer with every of its parameters.

By using encoders instead of potentiometers annoying jumps of parameters belong to the past. Basically the editing of all instrument parameters is possible by the 16 encoders or by using the left / right cursor buttons and the data wheel.

The heart of a drum machine is of course the sequencer. The XBASE 999 has a classic step sequencer with step LEDs which also lets you edit various quantizers for each track and step with midi clock sync and shuffle mode options.

Furthermore, 4 additional programmable MIDI tracks can trigger external instruments. In Pattern Mode, the XBASE 999 can control all the sound settings for each step to obtain melodies and really freaky grooves. So, for instance, you can “abuse” the kick drum with long decay for creating a bass line due to it’s extremely flexible sound programming.

On the sample based instruments each step can trigger a different sample if you want to. Each sample based instrument contains 31 different samples. With XBASE 999 it is possible now to reload them into the internal flash memory by midi sample dump. A PC/MAC tool for a convenient download can be downloaded at www.jomox.com.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, ROM
Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, Envelope, Knob, LFO, Sequencer, Velocity
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay
Filters: 1
Types: Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Freerun
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 9
Timbrality: 9
Tuning: Micro, Standard
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
Case: Desktop, Rack
Case Details: Optional rack ears avabilable.
Rack Size: 19", 8U, Full
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sequencer, Tempo Knob
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 2
Display Count V: 24
Weight: 5 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 13
Inputs: 1/4" Stereo In
Power: 10.5V 2A
Year Released: 2006
Year Discontinued: 2013
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.jomox.com
Retail Street Price: $1,399 - convert
Used Price: $700--$1,400 - convert

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