Erica Synths Bass Drum 2, TR-909-inspired module now with trigger/gate modes

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Erica Synths has updated its TR-909 inspired punchy analog Bass Drum module to version 2 with new trigger/gate modes.

The TR-808 and TR-908 are legendary drum machines that still have a huge impact on electronic music today. They made it into the modular world too. For example, TipTop Audio offers them as modules.

Erica Synths has today released a new version of its take on the TR-909 bass drum as a module, made in collaboration with the French company e-licktronic. They are known for their TR-808/TR-909 clones/replicas Yocto and Nava.

Erica Synths Bass Drum 2.


Bass Drum 2 is Erica Synths own take on an analog TR-909 inspired bass drum generator adapted for modular systems. Like the predecessor, you can create your own bass drums using the parameters: pitch, tune, attack, decay, and drive. The key parameters also offer CV control perfect to put the parameter in motion. The module is capable of creating massive, punchy sounds like the original Roland TR-909 but deeper and more expressive thanks to its modularity.

The BD2 has everything from its predecessor but comes with neat extensions. The highlight of the new version is a  switchable trigger/gate mode. When in gate mode, the module reacts to gated signals making it possible to create sustained drum sounds. Especially interesting if you modulate the gate length for more unique bass drum patterns. Further, you get a new noise output.

At first glance a nice update for the Bass Drum module from Erica Synths. It’s good that the difference to the BD1 is not so huge, so BD1 users don’t have to run to their modular dealer tomorrow and buy a new one.

Erica Synths Bass Drum 2 is available now for 268€.

More information here: Erica Synths 

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