Erica Synths LXR-02 Desktop Drum Synthesizer – updated with video!
Sweetwater gets an exclusive look at the 6-channel LXR-02 digital drum synthesizer from Erica Synths and Sonic Potions but forgets to tell anyone.
Update! We first thought this was a Sweetwater leak but apparently, it was announced as part of their GearFest 2021 event which none of us had heard about.
Sonic Potions released the original LXR drum machine as a DIY kit about 8 years ago. It looks like they’ve teamed up with Erica Synths to produce the long-awaited follow-up.
According to the details posted on Sweetwater the LXR-02 is a 6 voice digital drum machine with 7 sequencer tracks, lots of modulation and effects. Designed in an 808 style with a row of 16 steps and level controls over each channel. Each step can have up to 8 sub-divisions giving it a total of 128 steps within a single pattern. One special feature is the ability to morph between presets giving you every combination between merging kits. You can also load new kits via an SD card.
The 6 voices are specifically designed for drum production. 3 voices are general-purpose skin-type noises for kicks, toms, and percussion, and the other 3 are tailored to a subtractive snare and clap, an FM percussion voice, and a hi-hat. They say the sound is full of analog character and modern charm but as yet we have no sound demos or video.
On the modulation side, each voice gets an LFO, an envelope generator, and a transient generator. You can also use velocity, the FM oscillator, and the step sequencer to modulate any parameter.
For live performance, everything is out on the front panel with a mode where you can tweak your beats on the fly, drop-in rolls and accents.
For effects, you get three different types of distortion, a delay, Ring Modulation and a compressor. Let’s not forget the 2-pole state-variable filter (LP, HP, BP, unit gain BP, notch, peak, 303-style acid filter), with resonance and drive control.
The LXR-02 is shaping up to be a fascinating box of beats. It doesn’t look complicated and the potential of a machine built between Sonic Potions and Erica Synths is quite thrilling.
The price on Sweetwater is $589. As soon as we get demos or official information we’ll let you know.
- Erica Synths LXR-02: Sweetwater
- Erica Synths LXR-02: Sweetwater
dang this looks amazing! i would love one however my roland TR-6s covers all these bases and more. i love my acidbox 3 but i was also dissappointed by and sold my Zen Delay and Bassline DB01. the Zeb Delay arrived not fully assembled and actually cosmetically damaged, and the bassline was not super intuitive to play. But Erica has sweet analogue design and u gotta love that black aesthetic. this form factor is sick. can’t wait to see Baseck or Stimming jam on this! peace
anyway i’m glad this is a collab 🙂
Title: “Drops the ball again”… I mean… feels a little passive aggressive… gotta say Sweetwater is the Chick-fil-A of music retail. Hahah. Hate em if you want but they do a pretty darn good job.
i absolutely love Sweetwater. they have always done me right, and then some. plus they produce very good product videos. ❤️❤️✌️👍
How did Sweetwater drop the ball? Wasn’t this unveiled at their GearFest on Friday?
Oh was it? I don’t know, didn’t see that, as far as I knew it was a leak which is something Sweetwater do a lot – posting gear before the makers of the gear has announced it.
This is hardly an unbiased opinion, as you are associated with Thomann.
You should mention that in your article.
This is very very good news. I sold the LXR because it felt a bit too buggy and jumpy overall (with both the original and 3rd party firmware), but I really liked the sound engine, sequencer, and overall feature set and workflow. Still haven’t found my ideal hardware drum machine, but I seriously might consider giving this a try. Appreciate the enhanced I/O (the original one didn’t have headphone outs). It did, however, have an expansion slot for an excellent individual trigger outputs for each sequencer channel. This doesn’t look like there’s a slot for it.
Stop linking to Sweetwater. They are scum
I’ve had the LXR on and off my radar for a couple of year now, just didn’t want to pay someone else to assemble it and I suck at soldering…
I am very likely to add this to my music arsenal. Who doesn’t like a good drum machine?