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The Alpha Base Is The Best Jomox Drum machine Yet
Rounik Sethi on Sun, April 23rd 1 comments
Jomox announced their new analog drum machine, Alpha Base, recently. At Superbooth 2017 we had the opportunity to get hands on with this beast of a beat machine. It sounds good!

At Superbooth 2017 we caught up with Jurgen from Jomox to get an in-depth video and audio demo of the new Alpha Base analog drum machine. It's been teased for a while, and now finally we're able to get hands-on and dirty with this completely re-designed variation of their other classic machines.

Here's some spec to satisfy your gear lust:

  • 11 Instruments:
    Kick Drum, MBrane, Cl HiHat, Op HiHat, Clap, Rim Shot, Crash, Ride, X Sample 1, X Sample 2, FM Synth.
  • Real analog Jomox kick drum. 
  • Real analog Jomox MBrane voice with 2 coupleable F-OSC for complex analog snare, percussion, bass and tom sounds ranging from 16Hz to 20kHz. 
  • 2 sample based instruments with analog VCA ADSR envelope and/or HH filter, optionally with metallic noise mixed as extra sound source. The HH filter is 2-pole, HP/LP/Res each separated parameters, peakable but not oscillating. 
  • 4 sample based instruments with analog VCA ADSR envelope and/or resonating multimode filter (LP, HP, BP) with ADSR envelope, optionally with metallic noise mixed as extra sound source. The multimode filter can be used as a signal generator in order to generate analog toms or sticks etc.
  • 2 sample based instruments with external sampling input and pure digital playback. 
  • 1 FM synth with 4 operators and max. 6 voices for percussive sounds. 
  • Effects delay, reverb with send per instrument, also insertable into analog signal path on CH, OH, Clp, Rim, Ride. 
  • LFOs: per instrument one LFO (MBrane 2 LFOs) with 64 wave forms, each assignable on pitch, VCA, filter cutoff.
  • 250 samples 16 Bit/48kHz in internal flash memory.
  • SD card slot for loading of samples. 
  • USB (Midi Device). 
  • Midi In, Midi Out, Midi Thru. 
  • DIN sync out 2x integrated in the jacks Midi Out or Midi Thru. 
  • Inputs: stereo in for sampling, FX or sidechain. Both inputs are Hi-Z and suitable for guitar/bass or work up to line level +20dBu. 
  • Outputs: 8 individual balanced outputs, stereo mix balanced, headphones. 
  • Output Level: max. ca.+14dBu unbalanced, +20dBu balanced on all outputs. 
  • 18 encoders 
  • Input Volume, Phones Volume and Mix Volume are analog potentiometers.
  • LCD display 2x24 characters. 
  • 12V 2A DC external power supply. 
  • Stable metal case. 
  • Wood side cheeks, rubber feet. 
  • Size: 41cm (16.1") x 24cm (9.5") x 8cm (3.2") (back side). 
  • Weight: ca. 3.3kg (7.26 lbs).





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  • Nick Sophinos
    To a rank beginner like me, this sounds so sick in that it seems to easily create and modify great sounds that would otherwise take a whole collection of smaller modules and years of expertise. I mean I am sure there is a learning curve but is it as good as it seems?
    • 4 years ago
    • By: Nick Sophinos
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