Vermona’s DRM-1 mkIII is a powerful analog drum synthesizer with a vast array of sonic potential. One special characteristic of the unit is that it has no internal sequencer or patch memory. All triggers are sent via MIDI and all sounds are manually tweaked in real time using the 73 black plastic knobs on the unit’s front panel. The unit’s inherently analog sound gives it a distinct characteristic that many modern drum machines lack, making it invariably less predictable but also much more unique in terms of its emulation of classic drum sounds.
The unit features master L/R stereo outputs, as well as individual outputs per channel, which can be used as channel inserts for external FX processing before being fed back into the unit for use in the master mix output. While these features are wholly indispensable, the unit’s MIDI features are where it really shines: each of the DRM-1’s MIDI channels are fully reassignable, down to the point where the user can configure which MIDI notes trigger each individual voice.
DRM1 MKIII Standard (Triggers) Features
Fully analog drum synthesizer
Eight instruments, each with seven dedicated knobs for sound design
Individual volume and pan controls for each instrument
Clear and intuitive user interface: one knob, one function
Triggered via MIDI, fully velocity sensitive
CV Trigger Inputs per channel
In addition to main left and right mix outputs, each instrument has its own individual output that can also be used as a channel insert
Dedicated headphone output jack on the front face of the unit
Integrated power supply—no wall wart!
Rock-solid build quality
Rackmountable, 5U height
When used as a tabletop unit the top is tilted at a convenient angle
0-Coast, Pico Modules, DRM1 Mixed by K-Mix and Sequenced by Beatstep Pro
This video shows the Keith McMillen K-Mix being used as a standalone mixer with drums from a Vermona DRM1 MKIII and synth sounds from the Make Noise 0-Coast and Erica Synths Pico Modules. Everything in the video is sequenced by the Arturia Beatstep Pro. The built in compressors, EQs and Reverb effects on the K-Mix were used as well.