Circuit Bending

Dr. Böhm Digital Drums

The Dr. Böhm Digital Drums could be called the German LinnDrum, as they sound similar and are both of high-quality manufacturing. Next to the actual, large and programmable digital drums, 2 preset versions were available, meant to be used as add machines by solo entertainers. Depending on the model, they incorporate the best presets from the large version, plus some variations.

This little drum machine's sound is really phat and the patterns are of durable programming. The chip architecture is, sign of the time, very open and easy to understand. The individual drum samples, for instance, are each saved on a separate ROM module, making manipulation easy and enabling interesting effects. I built an 8-switch matrix for beautiful noise effects into mine, so far.


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