November 14, 2006

909 + 303 = 1212. I guess.

by Chris Randall

I've been keeping an eye on this new company D16 Audio Group for a bit now, both from a professional standpoint (in my role as VP of Audio Damage) and as an interested bystander.

They released a 303 emulator called Phoscyon a couple months back, and someone tipped me to it via the AI tip line (I forget who, so sorry for not giving you props). The thing that caught my eye was the UI, obviously done in 3DS Max (which is my own chosen medium of UI design; I can see it a mile away.) In any case, we were like "well, they're certainly on the right track."

Today, they announced Drumazon (glamor shot pictured above), which is a 909 emulator. The one thing I'll say about these guys is that they don't do anything by half measures. Both of these plugs seem to be incredibly thorough representations of their respective inspirations. I haven't nutted up and bought either of them, nor downloaded the demos (available for the 303), but I've listened to the audio demos, and they seem to have gotten quite close to the mark with both.

Anyways, if you make the crazy electronic dance music all the kids love today, you probably want to take a gander at these two. $117 for the 303 and $163 for the 909. VSTi only, but both Win and UB OSX.



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Nov.15.2006 @ 5:25 PM
I would love for somebody to already make a hardware equivalent of that 909 pictures, that functions just as a f*cking controller. I want to control Battery or Redrum or just trigger various sounds from NI's Kore or any VST or AU host. Why hasn't somebody just made a drum machine controller????

Nov.15.2006 @ 7:38 PM
Adam Schabtach
Rex: you're quite right, I could score an ER-1 on eBay for less than I sold mine for, looks like. Actually I should probably get a mkII just for variety, even though I don't know what the difference is, aside from the paint job. I'm sure it's full of techno, though.

I haven't done so already partly because I have always found it awkward to integrate a drum machine with a DAW, and partly because I have a serious shortage of horizontal surface space in my office/studio.

Another EA-1 I don't need, though. I had one of those which I bought because I enjoyed my ER-1 so much, but I didn't get into the EA-1 nearly as much. It just didn't float my boats, somehow.



Nov.15.2006 @ 8:39 PM
neilium: "What shoes go with deep house?"
In Tokyo at least, they must be patent leather and or have lots of rhinestones. But seriously, good words by you.

May I suggest that you call it "Spork".

As for hardware yeah, I really miss the old TR-707 I had in my youth. That and some other gear. Lately on my quest for an under $50 drum machine, I've noticed things like a circuit bent custom painted Alesis drum machine with an asking price of about $900 and 808s & 909s going for up to $1300 on Japanese auction sites.

I dont bother with searching ebay any more since most sellers seem to be too stupid to ship outside the US. Seems that writing addresses in a different format is just too confusing for them. My loss really since its damn hard to get older (or most any) used music gear here for anything like a decent price.


Nov.16.2006 @ 6:08 AM
"Hey, can someone come up with a stylistic label for what I just described? I need to get a group conscience going so I can sneer at people who aren't pure like me."



Nov.16.2006 @ 10:29 AM
Yes. I play Spork - and ONLY Spork. Bow before me.

Nov.16.2006 @ 1:51 PM
A japanese friend once told me the japanese word for spork (roughly) translated as "multiple tined serrated spoon".
Just in case you ever need to know.

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