A hackable, playable drum synth not afraid to sound digital: count us in.
If you liked last week’s Dam-Drum 2.0, here’s yet another grungy beauty with four triggers and knobs. The frauAngelico also features nicely-low-fidelity drum samples, performance controls, and a built-in sequencer, just like Dam-Drum 2.0. It has some tricks up its own sleeve, though, with built-in MIDI capabilities (promised for a future drum synth from Bleep), some very cool effects and performance controls, and an open source, Arduino-derived foundation for easy hacking.
(The software is open source, as is the Arduino-style basis; the hardware itself appears not to be documented to the extent that it’s open source.)
The frauAngelico is packed with features, and it’s a bargain at €80 (kit) or €130 (assembled). In fact, to me, the only real flaw in this sort of design is that it does make for something a bit fragile – maybe it needs a carry-case, if someone wants to get on that.
- 6-voice polyphonic sample playback.
- Eight sounds.
- MIDI, sequencer triggering.
- Adjust loop length, shift speed, start, cut – up to “microsample”-short sample playback.
- Effects: bitCrusher, pitchDown, softVolume
- Sample rate knob.
- Step sequencer with record feature, tap tempo, pattern length and shuffle.
- Performance controls for the sequencer: jump, mute, preset storage, 32-step storage.
- Samples from the TR-808, 8-BIT, BASIC.
- MIDI input. (A special cable can provide thru.)
- Handmade silk-screened box, and inside a poster with instructions, and badge.
Video demo shows what’s up:
The instrument comes as part of the Standuino project, the team that has been inspired by Czech innovator Standa Filip, and the mission of spreading his ideas in this post-Cold War world. We hope to see them on tour soon and find out more about their latest.
More good times — SoundCloud samples, and a music video that makes me want to get a battery-powered rig ready for the summer: