How we did it

The sound sources used for Dark Drums are the Elektron Machinedrum and the MFB Schlagzwerg. Both machines offer a wide range of synthesis possibilities, but is that enough for seriously dark drums?

No, definitely not! Therefore we digged deeper, utilising gear like the Metasonix TM-7 Scrotum Smasher. This unit contains several tubes never intended to be used for altering audio material. The result: Even the most bright and clean drums come out totally distorted, transformed into angry beasts. But this still didn't do the trick. So the rather brutal output signals were then fed into several modular filters like the Wiard Borg and Boogie filter, the Curetronic Steiner Parker or the Doepfer Wasp filter. This huge array of sound shapers allowed us to do a lot of experiments in the dark art of drum synthesis. Screaming resonances were fabricated, afterwards cut again or boosted to abnormal levels, mixed or splitted for further adjustments as well as trashed completely.

To create the dark aesthetic that comes with Dark Drums we started to move the filters, let them dance around and fight like knights on a battlefield, commanded by their kings: mighty modulators. The most powerful kings were the Math module from Make Noise as well as the Vulcan Modulator from Livewire. Supplying their knights with chaotic yet tactical orders, dark ages came to life again.

Synthesis within Dark Drums

Subtractive Synthesis

Subtractive Synthesis is a method of creating a sound by removing harmonics, characterised by the application of an audio filter to an audio signal.

TRX Synthesis

TRX makes it possible to revive those old classic drum computers in an instant. The sound parameters are perfect for beaming the sound of the past straight into the future

EFM Synthesis

EFM or Enhanced Feedback Modulation can gernerate sounds from realistic acoustic drums to wild chaotic effects.

E12 Synthesis

E12 carries the legacy of those gritty, hard to find beatboxes. The carefully processed percussion samples offer a wealth of sound possibilities.

P-I Synthesis

P-I simulates the behavior of acoustic drums. It doesn?t stop there though. This remarkable method allows you to alter the laws of physics without breaking a sweat.

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