The METRO from Magerit is inspired by the sort of DIY drum kits you see buskers play on the subway. METRO is a drum synthesizer and rhythmic sequencer in 13HP.
Magerit wanted to design something that was capable of generating a “percussive whole”. Something that could not only produce interesting tones but could program itself into endless possible rhythms.
METRO uses 11 algorithms to produce 3 bass drums, 2 snares, 2 toms, 2 cymbals, a clap and a string generator. Each model has a couple of controls and you can mix the 6 channels with level and panning for the whole kit. Each channel can load whichever algorithm you want.
The rhythm programming comes in two flavours. You can either engage the philosophical thoughts of Euclidean patterns or just stick in the steps yourself. The Euclidean patterns make it really easy to dial in interesting and complementary mathematical sequences.
METRO as a whole is very configurable and you can choose which parameters are being controlled by what knobs and where the trigger inputs and accents are going.
At the end of the chain, there are Echo and Reverb effects.
This really is a complete drum machine in a single module. The screen, while not everyone’s cup of tea, gives you a lot of power in a small space with that rather nice silver knob doing a lot of the action. With a price of €200 ex VAT you’re getting quite a lot for your money and it could be a very useful module in a small setup. Difficult to see at the moment whether it is easy to perform live with and whether you can quickly find what you need to make adjustments and patterns on the fly. Someone is going to need to do a bit more of a demo. But as a 6-channel drum voice and sequencer it has a lot going for it.
- Mageritt website.