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
October 17, 2011 @ 9:54 am
Didn't Depeche Mode use one?
October 15, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
The snare on this thing is fat. You could do some great old school Depeche Mode/Pet Shop Boys/New Order style beats on this box. I love the look of these old E-Mu boxes, they definitely have that vintage flavor.
May 14, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
I had one for 10 years, used it a lot. At the time it was pretty good. The sounds were better than anything else available. Had a few problems with it, but managed to fix them all and keep it working.
I can't remember who I gave or sold it to, but still have the original Drumulator manual- Richard if you're still interested email me.
richard whitehouse
March 7, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
We have a drumulator, not used for years, but want to try it out again. Can anyone help or advise where we could find a manual please ?
February 26, 2011 @ 7:29 am
as odd as it seems but the drumulator is my favourite digital drum machine. the bass drum is very sharp and well defined compared to the DMX. and it sounds magical when you add a little amount of reverb. same thing for the snare. it also works very well in combination with 808 hihats and rimshot. the drumulator has some very powerful toms, but not as musical as those on the LM-2.
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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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