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NAMM 2018: Erica Synths Drum Sequencer Computer
Erica Synths Introduces the "extremely versatile" Drum Sequencer Computer - Focused on Live Performance
Last year at the Superbooth 2017 show, Erica Synths revealed its prototype of the Drum Sequencer Computer and the device recently made another appearance with the rest of the NAMM 2018 Synths. Now we've got more information on what the Erica Synths Drum Sequencer is all about, and it looks fun to us!
At NAMM 2018, Erica Synths announced that the Drum Sequencer would be part of its new DRUM module series; an "extremely versatile Drum System". The Drum Sequencer Computer is a performance-oriented device; it has cool retro-style computer keyboard buttons with internal lights for triggering sounds.
The Sequencer is designed in collaboration with French company e-licktronic, famous for making DIY drum machines. It provides 909-style sequencing with accents and has a highly intuitive design, making it ideal for live performance.
The Drum Sequencer has 16 tracks and each track has independent direction, timing and shuffle. It has a wide range of inputs and outputs, including 16 trigger outputs, CV, clock, 12 accent outputs, gate, and additional synced LFO outputs. There are multiple parameters for controlling tempo, looping, time signatures, pattern lengths, shuffle, and pattern switching/linking for creating a complete live performance. 16 banks of 16 patterns gives plenty of room to store your sounds.
The 16 computer-key performance pads with internal lights make it easy to create new patterns, while the LED display gives a clear indication of all parameters with two large scroll wheels for access to settings. The buttons next to the computer pad change the function of the computer keypad keys, so you can easily move between sequencer steps, "playing" the triggers, changing gate patterns, setting shuffle amounts, copy/paste, the list goes on.
Users can step record or tap record in real-time and then save patterns for instant recall. The primary use for the Drum Sequencer is to send gate signals to percussion modules, but this isn't its only option; as Erica Synths demonstrated at NAMM 2018, the Drum Sequencer Computer can also be used with melodic synth modules and can trigger all manner of sounds.
This is a unique drum sequencer module that will certainly 'feel' different to anything else we've seen. Keep an eye on the gear4music site for when the whole Erica Synths Drum Modules are released this year.
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By Matt WilkinsonPosted on 29 Jan 2018 14:27 to category : Instruments News
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