Look what just arrived!
Had a very, very brief run over the functions/sounds and my first impression is that it sounds very nice!
The synth engine is not as deep as in LXR (No LFO’s for example, but that’s possible with Pyramid anyways).
It’s very playable. The selected values for each instrument are well thought out. I could not produce sounds that are totally whack/broken sounding. That’s pretty easy to do with my LXR. Think more in the range of an analog drum machine than a crazy drum synth with FM and all that.
The UI seems clever as with the Micromonsta, so you know where you are at any time. The selection of samples is also nice and useful.
Not a lot of factory presets, just four kits. We were spoiled with the Micromonsta, which had hundreds of very(!) nice and deep presets. I don’t mind, because I rather roll my own anyway.
Didn’t spend much time with the onboard reverb/delay fx yet. I would be lying if I’d say I didn’t have the instant wish to add reverb/delay with my OTO Bam/El Capistan. So I did. Was kind of missing the oppurtunity to just affect certain sounds and keep the BassDrum dry and tight. But I know that beforehand that that won’t be possible with just L+R out if want to keep the sounds stereo and not hard pan the sounds left/right for wet/dry.
I hope for me it will be a nice box, because:
- it will be easy to sync with Pyramid
- give me recall-able presets for songs
- easy automation over all sounds
- more samples, which I’ve lacked in my hardware setup
In the end, it will come down to a combination of 2 drum boxes, so I can always keep bassdrum and certain sounds on the tanzmaus dry and put the DoubleDrummer through effects, dub-style. Or vice versa.