Cactus Desert Drums

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    Description
    The Desert Drums drum module synthesizer from British manufacturer Cactus. It was produced in the 1983 and was also part of a full electronic drum kit but could also be used standalone in a synthesizer rig.It is an early hybrid instrument that is both analog and rom based. The unit's drum sounds are sample based burned onto an E-Prom within the 6 standard modules including one fully analog synth module for creating synth drum sounds. More modules can be added to the unit should the user desire to expand it up to 10 modules.

    There are controls for volume, panning, pitch, decay, and trigger sensitivity. On the Snare module, you can mix the sample with analog noise and shape it with a resonant analog filter. The Bass drum module allows you to switch between two separate samples. The other standout module is the Synth sound, which provides versatile controls for the noise, tone and click components of a synthesized percussion voice. Each module has an individual output, while a 15-way 'D' socket facilitates connection of the entire chassis to an external computer or sequencer.

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    Architecture
    Type: Analog, Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: ROM, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Knob
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Decay, Monophonic
    Filters
    Filters: 1
    Types: Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 6
    Timbrality: 6
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Case
    Case: Desktop, Rack
    Keyboard: Metal
    Controls: Knobs, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Pedal - Control
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    CV Ports: Trigger In
    Control Features: 11 trigger inputs
    Production
    Year Released: 1983
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    Pricing
    Used Price: $649

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