JoMoX AirBase 99

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The AirBase 99 is based on the XBase 09, but is much better. It has many of the same great TR-909 sounds and much more but comes in a 1-unit rack-mount MIDI module rather than a table-top drum sequencer like the latter. Its front panel is extremely bare, with just 2 knobs and a few buttons and LEDs. The AirBase is designed for use as a Drum Tone Module with your sequencer. Programming is easiest through MIDI control of the parameters. Otherwise, prepare to page through data screens on the small 2-line LCD display.

The AirBase features the same sounds and parameters as the XBase 09 and adds increased polyphony (9 voices) and Tom Toms. The AirBase emulates 808, 909 and CR-78 style sounds with excellent quality. Kick, Snare and Toms are analog and feature various tune and envelope controls. Hats, cymbals, clap and rimshot are samples but can still be tuned and reversed! For emulated 808 and 909 drum machine sounds, the Airbase 99 is great! It costs half as much as getting all of the real drum machines.

The AirBase 99 does not feature lots of hands-on knobs like the Novation Drum Station. But some cool features include both high and low pass resonant filters and a band pass filter to apply to the hi-hats! There's more parameters to edit per each Drum Tone than the Drum Station or any of the original beat-boxes and there is almost 38 times more patch memory in the Airbase with 1,024 user and 500 preset drum kit settings! Two global LFOs can modulate the pitch of any sounds and sync to MIDI. Of course there are individual outputs for each drum sound as well as a stereo out.

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26 Visitor comments
July 12, 2014 @ 1:19 pm
Found one 6 months ago and love it. So versatile, covers most of the sounds you could dream of from any drum module. I trigger it from a tr-626, a lot like a tr-909 in actual use. Built like a tank, the airbase is a super beast considering how small it is when racked with other gear. I'm very impressed how forward-thinking jomox was with the airbase, no wonder many of these still have a useful home in high end studios. Next for me is to control midi cc's for hihat decay and ride cymbal tune from my emu px7!
May 2, 2014 @ 9:22 am
Sounds awesome. The analog Kick has 9 different controls the snare 6. With the kick you can control 'harmonics', 'pulse' and there is also an EQ as well as the usual Tune/pitch etc. The hi-hat might only be a sample but there is a LP and HP cut-of filter with resonance that can give you that 808 hi-hat 'air'. In terms of 'modifiers' there is the usual attack on each sound but also two separate LFOS with many waveforms and rate control with slope.
November 18, 2013 @ 6:26 am
Hi @ resonant_frequency, I cant work out how to pm on this forum, sorry, although I have just registered under the name dmts so if you want to PM me about it that would be great!

res freq
November 17, 2013 @ 10:55 am
@dan, i'm interested, pm me - resonant_frequency
November 15, 2013 @ 9:05 am
I have one of these in near perfect condition. Been sitting in a rack since I bought it in '99, works beautifully and sounds immense (of course). Willing to sell for the right offer. :)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 9 voices
  • Drum Tones - 808 and 909 Kicks, snare, clap, rimshot, roms, cymbals, hihats, ride, noise
  • Effects - None
  • Filter - Resonant High and Low pass filters for Hi-Hats
  • LFO - Two
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 1,024 User, 500 Preset
  • Control - MIDI (9 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1998
  • Resources & Credits
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