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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24 Visitor comments
April 7, 2011 @ 8:33 pm
Best impulse purchase that I have made in the past two years. This is a fantastic drum module for electronic sounds (with a strong analog lean). The bass drum punches through a mix. Filtered hats are close to perfection. Great lo fi samples to complement. Why did I not get one of these sooner?
February 1, 2011 @ 8:48 am
Could I use the Jomox Airbase 99 instead of the Jomox Xbase 888. Does it have the same sound and soundquality as the xbase 888?
Dan M.T Slatter
September 26, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
Hey guys, I have a 99. It truly is a beauty disguised as a beast. Proper noise, in analogue glory. I wish my music these days called for it more. Incidentally, it could hence be available if I can get the right price, sad as that moment may be!
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!
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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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