MATRIXSYNTH: Division Department 01/IV Four Voice Analog Drum Synth

Monday, March 09, 2020

Division Department 01/IV Four Voice Analog Drum Synth

Published on Mar 9, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"The Division Department 01/IV is a distinctly open-ended drum synth, providing a clean slate for creating all sorts of analog percussion tones. With no on-board sequencing, 01/IV is more about classic percussive sound design, leaving the control choices up to the user, playable via the per-channel trigger buttons or external MIDI control.

Unlike many drum synths, 01/IV features four identical channels. Where other instruments might make distinctions between the purpose of each channel (kick, snare, etc.), 01/IV instead provides access to raw synthesis elements to allow users to sculpt their own tones, be they familiar or completely alien. Each voice provides a choice of sound source (triangle, saw, noise, hi-hat noise), filter type (lowpass, bandpass, highpass), and modulation controls, providing access to everything from classic analog drum tones to inter-voice FM.

By providing this open-ended approach to sound design on each of its four channels, the 01/IV can seamlessly morph from percussive to melodic roles, from intense FM to clean, rubbery toms, from understated rhythms to in-your-face blasts. And best of all, the one-knob-per-function interface and built-in trigger buttons make this a pleasure to play, encouraging real-time exploration in a way uncommon for modern drum machines.

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