Vermona DRM1 MKIV: the analog drum synth for the discerning electro-percussionist
The DRM1 gets a new update continuing the tradition of its legendary grasp of analogue electronic drum and percussion sounds.
It’s a classic instrument with a classic look of 8 rows of 9 knobs taking in all the sounds we expect to find on an analog drum machine. There’s your kick, two types of drum, a “Multi”, snare, a pair of hi-hats and the obligatory Clap.
The Kick covers everything from soft to hard, short to long, boom to bust type sounds. The two drums can be toms or metallic percussion, wood, blocks or more kick drums. Multi offers the weirder noises of zaps, lasers but also cowbells and bongos. HiHats can also be cymbals and triangles with open and closed options. Clap is just a clap.
The 7 knobs handle all the sound generation and are followed by panning and level. The controls are individual to the channel but for the main part you’re getting pitch, decay, bend, attack and filtering. It’s wonderfully hands-on and where else do you get 7 controls on each drum sound?
Triggering is normally via MIDI or USB but you can opt for a version with CV gate inputs for that classic bit of analog sequencing.
For the MKIV they’ve overhauled the power supply, optimised the channels and made improvements wherever they can while remaining true to the spirit, form and sound of the original DRM1.
The DRM1 MKIV should be available in April for £599.
- DRM1 MKIV webpage.
- More from Vermona.
Here’s a video on the MKIII to give you a flavour.