Vermona DRM-1

Vermona DRM-1 mkIII Image

Attention analog freaks!! The Vermona DRM-1 is a true analog drum synthesizer. You can synthesize up to eight drum sounds and they can be triggered by MIDI and by an optional set of 10 Trigger Inputs. Each sound has about 9 knobs for shaping the sound. And since it really is analog (and not some virtual emulation) the sounds are more unique and unpredictable than any other electronic drum synths currently available.

With eight drum sounds and nine knobs per sound, the face of the DRM-1 is covered with over 72 knobs! The drum synthesis theory is based around five predetermined percussive sound types. There are three DRUM channels for creating bass drums, toms and numerous effect sounds. One MULTI channel for creating typical analog Cowbell sounds and effect sounds. One SNARE channel, which can generate numerous analog snare drums as well as wacky sonar pings. Two HI HAT channels (open or closed), and one analog CLAP channel. There are seven real-time sound controls plus panning and volume on each channel.

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It has a stereo output but each channel also has its own audio output which doubles as an insert patch for externally processing each channel before reaching its main stereo mix outputs. A big unfortunate over-sight is the lack of program patch memory. With all those knobs it sure would be nice for some sort of instant recall of your favorite drum sound settings. The front panel tilts so the DRM-1 is at home rack-mounted or as a tabletop module. Anyone interested in creating their own unique ANALOG drum sounds should check out the DRM-1! It makes a great companion to the Vermona Perfourmer Analog Synthesizer module. The original DRM-1 is gold and was released by Touched By Sound while the DRM-1 mkII from Vermona was blue or silver and the DRM-1 mkIII (pictured) has colored knobs.

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16 Visitor comments
sotiris
July 14, 2014 @ 10:45 am
Can you tell me please how to synchronize my drm 1 with the yamaha qy 100 sequencer?
Andy Black
April 2, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
I'm in the market for one of these w/ trigger inputs. Hit me up if you're selling.
kickdrum comment again...
December 23, 2013 @ 1:36 am
I posted a couple of years ago about the kicks and I take it back. It is my low end machine now. Very rich long delays make it booming if you find the sweet spot with the pitch/time/bend settings. great module, very unique and expressive.
analogopolis
December 11, 2013 @ 6:12 am
good value since it's obviously well built and i think would stand the test of time. sound-wise it's not comparable to 606/808/909s, nor has it the presence or charm of a CR-78 or other ancient rhythm units - it's closer in sound and features to a Simmons SDS. not a bad thing, i think there is still a lot of milleage for these kinds of sounds in techno and house, though it doesn't cover all of the territory.
noleian
October 22, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
You can do complete tracks using only the sounds from this machine. Its an eight channel analog synth! A little patience is required to find the sweet spots for each instrument but the flexibility is great and it looks very sexy in the rack :-)
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Drum Tones
  • Oscillators - 8 (One per channel)
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - Available on some sounds/channels
  • VCA - Available on some sounds/channels
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/THRU (Optional 10 Standard Trigger Inputs for use with other analog gear)
  • Date Produced - 2001

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