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
MC White Chocolate
May 8, 2013 @ 4:10 pm
Finally got one. Posting comments, since when I was looking to purchase one could find very little info. Here's *my* interpretation:

PROS: Probably the cheapest ($450-ish) analog drum machine available. The drums BITE and SNAP and sound "PROFESSIONAL." As noted, by themselves sound rather dry, in a mix they always cut. Editing via the screen, not good, get a Behringer BCR 2000 and boom, you're all set. Indiv. outs for all drums.

CONS: The drums, especially the snare, all start to all sound the same. It is not tremendously versatile, but w/ the indiv. outs, processing is easy!
April 10, 2013 @ 9:11 pm
After one of these. UK.
February 28, 2013 @ 11:24 am
Can anyone recommend the presets that get closest to an original 808 and 909 with default settings?
December 12, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
Finally got my hands on one of these. Fantastic box with huge sound (outputs are so loud!) Nice in a retro 808/909 yet way the lfo's mean you can make unique, interesting sounds. Just got a Dave Smith Tempest but found myself using this more (just fits into my work flow better) Editor or midi mapping skills is a must, front panel is rubbish. If you like those original boxes this won't disappoint. Just hope it doesnt crap out on me. Not know to be the most reliable unit and are a major headache to find anymore. Future Retro, Airbase Love :)
Dark Star
November 26, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
I owned the Tr909 * Tr808 and frankly thought nothing came near..
UNTIL i managed to track down an airbase...
Now i know why they are hard to find.
Lets put it this way.. 808 & 909 are now SOLD.
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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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