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
September 22, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
could i use the jomox instead of a 909? does it have the same sounds or does it have jomox sounds?
September 17, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
This is an unbelievable analog drum module. It has a girth that no contemporary piece seems to have. The 808 and 909 emulations are quite literally perfect. Use it with your sequencer of choice, and make the magic beat with this thing. The presets are killer. The tonal flexibility is fantastic. My only gripe is that I wish the levels of the individual instruments were easier to mix. You can adjust levels individually as a parameter on each sound, but a more intuitive mix feature would have been more useful. Then again, that's what the individual outputs are for! In sum, this is killer. Worth way more than the asking price, so snag them while you can!
May 11, 2010 @ 9:21 am
If the tr808 and 909 were only modules, that is, if they had no sequencer, this unit would win hands down. No doubt. It sounds spectacular, the bdrum sounds much better than the mbase01 imo, and the amount and range of parameters truly make this a drum module for the NEW millenium. Get this and a separate sequencer instead of a 808 or 909. You won't regret it. Between this and the drumstation there is NO comparison. It's like comparing corned beef with a tender loin. Awww, don't tell me you prefer corned beef?!
March 30, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
The airbase is indeed analogue and the Drumstation (virtual) can in no way compete (I have both). It has minimal front end controls however all but a limited few parameters are available as MIDI CC#s. In total there are 54 parameters available for remote control.

Personally I sequence it using an MPC and control parameters using a BCR2000. Very easy and satisfying.

Very loud, very powerful, very convincing. It is built like a 19" metal brick - 10 individual outs, stereo outs and headphones.
Pete Knox
December 9, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
The airbase is my all time favourite. I ordered the OS 1.5, now I can edit every single parameter from within my DAW via Midi - no scrolling through the menus. The sound is state of the art, no question. A 100% authentic techno and hip-hop machine that can cover all your needs if you know how to use it. Only the new XBase999 or XBase888 might top it due to more samples and functions, but those go for 1400 $ and above!
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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
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