Korg DDM-110 / DDM-220

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DDM-110 Super Drums

In 1985 Korg released two very simple and affordable digital drum machines, the DDM-110 (Super Drums) and the DDM-220 (Super Percussion). The sounds are slim pickin's and quite cheesy! It uses 8-bit sampled drum sounds which include kick, snare, hi/low toms, rimshot, handclap, cymbal, open and closed hi-hats. The sounds are anything but inspiring.

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DDM-220 Super Percussion

There are 10 buttons, an Accent control for each sound, and tempo controls. It stores 32 patterns and 6 songs. There is no MIDI, only DIN sync for external control. Definitely designed for practicing musicians, the DDM-110/220 has little use in modern day recordings unless you are looking for old, cheesy and lo-fi quality sounds.

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13 Visitor comments
February 21, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
I love it. But i love everything that makes noise.
February 17, 2012 @ 3:28 pm
Re-read my last three posts with some analytical thought. Most people see/hear "8-bit, lo-fi robot drums" and "no midi" and never give these a fair shake. How many of today's wonderboxes will let you adjust tempo, fine or coarse, instantly and "on the fly"? How many of them will allow multiple meters to be overlaid? How many of them will allow you to adjust balance of drums to Latin perc. and/or internal balance, instantly and "on the fly"? Sync to midi is possible with the right piece of intermediary gear, if your whole production must be autopilot. Some rare capabilities here!
February 17, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
10. Both units have a secondary balance knob. On DDM-110, it controls volume of hi-hats & crash cymbal relative to drum set; on DDM-220, it controls volume of tambourine & cabasa relative to rest of perc. Even when slaved, both units retain autonomy of overall volume & balance, adjustable in real time.
11. Since each 2 bar and 1 bar pattern can have its own time signature, some very complex meter shifting can be accomplished easily.
12. When slaved, mis-matched meters can be overlaid, giving a "world music" shifting flavor easily.
13. Adjustable resolution helps feel.
February 17, 2012 @ 2:54 pm
6. Program in step mode for crunchy robotic drums.
7. Or program the 2 bar and 1 bar patterns by tapping the buttons in looping record mode for some "snare and cymbals behind/ahead of the beat" human feel. Add accents while recording in loop mode.
8. A small "fine tuning" knob allows precision tempo within big knob's general area. Beat shows in flashing LED before you hit play, so you can start "in tempo" with the machines, using a momentary footswitch to start.
9. With a good sound system, it still sounds darn good (8 bit noisy punch has character)!
February 3, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
Better info:
1. Both allow you to create your own patterns in choice of meter, plus fill licks, etc. Build drum part by chaining together patterns & fill licks. Very flexible! Volume and tempo knobs to change in real time. Add a footswitch start/stop for real-time use.
2. The DDM-220, ignored above, works the same, but has 2 congas, 2 agago, woodblock, tambourine, cowbell, and cabasa.
3. A DIN cable operates them as one.
4. Completely square & quantized; great for techno, etc., so lo-fi sounds are perfect!
5. AA battery backup plus AC; use data out to save on CD.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sounds - 9 sampled sounds (8-bit, 15.6kHz): Kick, Snare, Low and Hi Toms, Rimshot, Claps, Cymbal, Open hi-hat, Closed hi-hat
  • Controls - Accent, Tempo
  • Patterns - 32
  • Songs - 6
  • Keyboard - 10 buttons
  • Effects - None
  • Control - 5-pin DIN Sync
  • Date Produced - 1985

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