MATRIXSYNTH: V.A.I. - Elka Drummer One Comparison

Friday, December 17, 2021

V.A.I. - Elka Drummer One Comparison


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"We have two Elka Drummer One drum machines in the studio and realised they sounded quite different.
The individual sounds are the same but with various variations in timbre and pitch, some of the rhythm patterns were different too.
We opened them up and saw that they looked a bit different inside, the circuit boards seemed to have been replaced at some point of the production run, quite normal for drum machines of the era.
We tweaked the trim pots until we thought each machine sounded as good as it could and then made this video.
There's a very important trim pot of the power supply on the top machine that changes the over all pitch and brightness of all sounds, one could for sure go deeper in to changing components etc to further optimise the drum sounds but bottom line is that these machines can sound better or worse, depending on ones preferences.

Vintage Audio Institute is a gear vendor and recording facility in Florence, follow us on here for more videos if you like what you see."

Some pics inside the Elka Drummer One are featured.

Elka Drummer One posts

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