Beepstreet Drambo – Ein multitimbraler Modularsynthesizer mit Sequencer

Beepstreet Drambo SynthBeepstreet Drambo Synth

Eigentlich ist es eine Modulare Klangerzeugung mit mehreren Slot mit TR-artigem Stepsequencer und somit eine Groovebox für iOS.

Drambo ist aufwendig, denn es kann mehrere verschiedene komplette modulare Patches verwalten, die aus aktuell 124 Modulen zusammengestellt werden können. Jeder dieser Sound oder Patches hat einen eigenen Step-Sequencer, der Roll/Ratchet und Probability beherrscht und im typischen TR-Stil ausgeführt ist für jedes Instrument. Bereits als Klangerzeuger wäre Drambo sehr aufwendig, aber insgesamt ist es dann ein Sequencer-System oder kurz: eine Groovebox.

Neben klassischen Oszillatoren und diversen Hüllkurven und LFOs bietet Drambo auch Sample-Module an, die eingeladene Audiofiles abspielen kann. außerdem sind auch Granular-Oszillatoren vorgesehen in einer späteren Version. Die Module werden nicht in ein großes endloses Rack gestellt, sondern nebeneinander. Sie werden durch eine Art Klappmenüsystem erreichbar und verbindbar und sind daher aufgeräumt und bieten optisch zunächst „nur“ ihre Parameter an. Die Module kann man auf dem iPad schön seitlich weiter schieben, bis man das passende Modul erreicht hat.

Außerdem gibt es Parameter-Locks, also eine Automation der Parameter pro Step. Es gibt Effekte und mehrere Übersichten über die Synths und Patches zum performen sowie eine SequencerÜbersicht.

Weitere Information

Natürlich gibt es die App im Apple Appstore und kostet 21,99€. Beepstreet hat aber auch eine Website.

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The KORG MS-20 was one of the products that helped launch the current wave of big-name remakes. And KORG has done versions of the MS-20 every way imaginable. Let’s review just a few:

Nintendo DS game – KORG DS-10 (loosely based on the original – there are two variations, the original DS-10 and the DS-10 Plus enhanced version, plus physical carts and downloads, just if you want to get obsessive)

The iPhone descendent of that (with I think a different sound engine) – KORG iDS-10 for iPhone

iPad app – iMS-20 (plus KORG Gadget, too, if you want to be completionist)

MS-20 Legacy Collection plug-in, which briefly had available an external controller for the computer that supported patching:

A mini version – the MS-20 mini (hey, Japan does seem to appreciate things being small and – I’m totally with them on this, so like Japan and me)

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The only news in the reissue is colors – four powder-coat options, in an attractive green, white, blue, and black.

No word yet on pricing, but this is coming this year.

White looks fresh. Note to self – idea for new stage persona, Colonel Sanders suit — new note to self, delete previous note.
Built like a tank, looks like a …
In blue, it’s obvious, but in black, these ports on the back are the only way to easily tell the FS isn’t an original MS-20.

That’s all fine and well, but am I alone in wishing for a new semi-modular, patchable thing from KORG? The MS-20 is great, but the more we live with it, the more I wonder what a new instrument catering to modern tastes might be.

Then again, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I was also introduced in 1978 so — never mind. Things from 1978 are for more relevant than anything younger and cooler and all of you should really just throw money at us. Good, there, done. Oh wait – I should work on some color options for myself.

For more MS action – here’s a minisite dedicated to the MS-10 synth:

And sorry, 1978, but this NAMM is all about 1970, because of this:

But if you want to go the other way and get retro with a Nintendo DS (much cheaper), here’s some inspiration:

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