E-mu Drumulator

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Created in the wake of the Emulator sampler-synths, E-mu unleashed the Drumulator sample-based drum-machines. The Drumulator was E-mu's attempt at creating a rhythm machine like the Linn LM-1 that was better and cheaper. What they made wound up becoming a huge hit for E-mu. The Drumulator had eight drum sounds on a ROM microchip which were gritty, lo-fi 12-bit samples of basic drum sounds...but they were some classic sounds! The Drumulator II added sampling so you could bring in your own sounds. Samples could be truncated, looped, etc.

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The Drumulator was primarily a drum machine, however, and offered sequencing that could be accomplished in real-time for a live feel. Or it could be meticulously programmed via step entry and edit modes. Up to 36 sequenced patterns can be stored, chained and mixed to create up to 8 songs. Your sequences and sample data can be stored to floppy diskettes. The Drumulator can be connected to an old computer (like an Apple II) for better visual sequencing and editing too. The Drumulator II went on to become the even better SP-12 drum machine. Drumulators have been used by various musicians, from Howard Jones to Hardfloor.

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23 Visitor comments
VCO8
May 13, 2014 @ 6:44 pm
This is all over Howard Jones' Human's Lib album from 1983 and some Valerie Dore stuff.
michaelphibes
October 10, 2012 @ 12:20 am
funny how i didn't like it at first then i realized how damn good this thing sounded and lots of fun .all the one-shot drum sounds are full of krunchee lo-fi grit with lots of thick punch...very tight. i'm just learning how to use it but so far i couldn't ask for a better 80's drum machine.
80srules
January 27, 2012 @ 10:06 am
Good 80s drum machine. It was used in these songs : Rockwell-somebody's watching me, Fun Fun-color my love, Lou Reed - my love is chemical, Depeche Mode - Everything counts.
saabgti
November 9, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
They also used it alot on Construction Time Again in '83
depechefan
October 23, 2011 @ 3:43 pm
Yes, depeche mode used this. especially on the some great reward album, i think on black celebration too. I might be mistaken.
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - A short demo loop made using samples of the Drumulator followed by the individual sounds used. The Kick drum was de-tuned and used to create a pseudo-bassline and reverb was added.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - Drumulator II only: 12-bit sampling, 1.2 seconds (expandable to 5 seconds)
  • Drums - 8 ROM Samples
  • Patterns - 36
  • Songs - 8
  • Keyboard - 4 Touch Pads
  • Memory - 8 user
  • Control - MIDI (on later models)
  • Date Produced - 1983

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