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Oberheim | Drummer
|Welcome to Drummer! This unique addition to your MIDI setup is a lot of fun, easy to learn, and makes drum tracks come alive. Stilted mechanical beats are now a thing of the past. You no longer need to spend endless hours fiddling with drum patterns trying to inject that highly elusive human quality. Drummer sets you free to concentrate on other aspects of your music.
Drummer's factory "Presets" may be all you'll need to lay the foundation your music requires, but if you want more, you can easily create your own presets. Whether you use Drummer's original presets, or your own user presets, it's a simple matter to string them together to build "Songs".
Most likely you'll find the setup(s) suited to your drum machine(s) among Drummer's 16 "Kits". If you have a drum machine or a sampler not included in Drummer's factory kits, it's painless to customize kits for your particular setup. Either way Drummer eliminates the time and frustration involved in wading through multiple drum machine manuals Drummer can play them all for you.
Of course Drummer has the features you need such as programmable tempo and time signature but what makes it such a valuable tool is its ability to jam interactively. Drummer follows your lead while sparking your creativity with fills and nuances of its own. Drummer will become a valued player in your live shows, recording sessions, and compositions.
"Patterns" are Drummer's fundamental building blocks, but they are just the beginning. When Drummer's other parameters are applied, patterns are transformed into dynamically changing musical grooves.
"Rhythms" are essentially the "feels" Drummer applies to "Patterns". "Rhythms" vary bass drum, hi hat and cymbal patterns, etc., as well as defining variations in timing, and so on. Invisible to the user, some heavy computer programming goes on behind the scenes to define Drummer's variations.
"Presets" are what you get when "Patterns" and "Rhythms" are combined with other programmable "Preset" parameters. Drummer's 100 presets store any changes you make, even when you switch off the power. See Appendix 2 for a detailed listing of factory default parameter settings. You may use presets from this table or record your own.
Drummer's 16 songs add a new dimension to the process of constructing songs. Songs are made of up to 16 "Parts", each made of a "Preset" programmed to "Repeat" up to 99 bars with automatically generated "Fills" after user specified numbers of bars.
Drummer's interactive abilities allow it to become a real member of your band and jam with you. You can use up to four footswitches to remotely control Drummer, or use the "Follow (Interact)" parameters (remembered individually for each preset) to have Drummer follow your lead.
|Memory||16 drum kit mappings|
|Sequencer||100 adjustable presets|
|Recording||16 songs of 16 parts, 99 bar|
|Produced:||1991 - 1991|
|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.|