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E-mu | E-Drum


The E-drum was actually developed by Clavia in Sweden (Yes those from Nord Lead etc.), and provided drummers with a single, touch-sensitive pad drum module that offered 40dB of volume range with internal sounds generated from a removable cartridge (containing from one to four 8-bit samples on a 16kB EPROM). A variety of different sound cartridges could be purchased and interchanged in the E-drum, and an optional hardware assembly allowed modular construction of entire drum kits.

This Emu E-drum includes a pitch control, which tunes the pitch either up, down, or no effect (middle position). There is also a Decay control for the triggered 8-bit sound as well as a very warm sounding Treble and Bass controls. The E-drum can be triggered by striking the rubber head on the drum or providing a ¼” triggered input. The E-drum can be powered by two 9v batteries (internal), or can be powered by an 18v DC adapter with an 1/8” plug.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)1
Engine Detailed1 to 4 8-bit samples on a cardridge
Envelope (VCA)Decay
FXPitch, Treble, Bass
Drums11 Cartridges Made 8102 - Rototom 2 8107 - Tympani 1 8111 - Grand Piano 1 8113 - Gong 8114 - Bass Drum 1-4 8115 - Rock Ride Cymbal 8117 - Claps Tom 1 Marimba
Key typePad
AudioMono out
CV-gateTrigger in
Extra infoDeveloped by Clavia (Nord synths)
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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