Jürgen Michaelis played a live performance for us during his workshop at SchneidersLaden. He brought the unique Resonator Neuronium to play alongside the Alpha Base and T-Resonator. After that he talked us through the interesting construction of and relation between the T-Resonator and Resonator Neuronium and answers questions from the audience. This time in German.
Juergen Michaelis – the head of JoMoX Berlin – giving insights of the history with HerrSchneider once entering the world of synths and drummachines roundabout 20 years ago to help Jürgen as a sales rep, after they met each other in a totally different world. Introducing the wonderful concert of Panic Girl and Jericho on Superbooth17 and showing the gig of Juergen himself with his AKASHA synth on Superbooth16.
And also – the live introduction of the ALPHA BASE by the inventor himself, is showing the fun he has with his own baby – it is passion. Jürgen Michaelis is building the famous Jomox drum machines for almost twenty years. The Alpha Base came out this year and it is the most advanced drum machine built by Jomox so far. The almighty kick drum is once again the backbone of this instrument and it is supplemented with the analog percussion voice you might know from the M.Brane machines Jomox is building. With the additional sample based instruments and a FM synthesizer bult into the Alpha Base, this is a pretty complete machine that will find lots of use in studios and on stages around the world.
Jürgen Michaelis presents his new Alpha Base at Superbooth17. The drum machine features a hybrid design with eleven instruments, sampling capabilities and sequencer.
Kick and snare circuits of the Alpha Base are fully analog. The latter is a complete MBrane voice, meaning it can also be used to create percussion hits, cow bells, claves, toms and so forth. Six other instrument channels produce sound with the help of sample players plus metallic noise generators. Results are fed into analog filters and VCAs for processing. Two of these drum voices feature VCFs especially designed for sculpting hi hats. The other instances come equipped with multimode filters. (Low pass, band pass and high pass modes / -12 dB per octave).
Additionally, there are two completely digital instrument channels. Again, samples are used to generate sound. – It is even possible to record short audio snippets of up to four seconds directly into these channels (WAV / AIFF format, 16 Bit / 48 kHz). Results can be allocated to other sample based drum voices. For storing data, a SD card slot was implemented.
Last but not least, the Alpha Base features a FM Synth with four operators. Thanks to its six note polyphony, users can not only create wicked percussion sounds, but chords and melodies as well. All instrument channels possess a comprehensive set of editing options and modulators. For refining sounds, delay and reverb effects were implemented.
The Alpha’s sequencer offers eleven tracks, pattern can have a length of up to 64 steps. Besides notes, it is also possible to record parameter changes. The last step of a pattern is definable per track. (Great for polyrhythmic beats.) Shuffle and micro step options, roll and flam functions plus parameter locks give beats a nice, groovy touch. A chaining mode allows users to link patterns.
For external control and synchronization, the Alpha Base was equipped with MIDI-DIN, USB and DIN-Sync connectors.
More information on the Alpha Base can be found at the Jomox website.
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