Erica Synths & Sonic Potions Team Up For LXR-02 Drum Machine
By Sam McNiece
A digital unit with integrated sequencer and enormous adjustment possibilities.
With attentions to recreating the synths of the past and analog circuitry, Erica Synths and Sonic Potions went the other way, creating the LXR-02, a highly flexible digital synth / drum machine with more parameters to adjust. than ever.
What would you like to know:
- LXR-02 is a new digital drum synthesizer with over 30 adjustable parameters per voice.
- It has a performance oriented 64 step sequencer, a performance mode with MIDI capabilities.
- It is a flexible digital engine that can produce a wide range of cool and wacky sounds.
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With its 6 individual instruments or drums, compared to other drum machines, you’d think this thing could be a bit limiting. You would be wrong. This is a feature-rich digital drum synthesizer, offering over 30 editable parameters per instrument and nice performance mode options.
The LXR-02 offers a plethora of options for creating, transforming and designing sounds in such a small and compact device. It features the classic 16 knobs at the bottom of the device like most drum machines now have, sliders and mute buttons for each drums, MIDI input and output, and four output jacks.
With the over 30 parameters mentioned above, you can create a wide range of sounds, from classic analog sounds to high-pitched and aggressive digital sounds.
For example, let’s say you want to make Drum 1 your kick drum. Now you will have access to the Tuning and Waveform options first, then you will move on to Amp Envelope, Velocity Modulation, Frequency Modulation, a Transient Generator, a filter, to an LFO and finally to the mixer controls.
Then, once you’re happy with that sound, you can move on to programming on a 64-step sequencer, where the pattern can be set to any step length, allowing polyrhythmic exploration galore. Now you can program various parameters to the six drum slots, then add digital effects including drive, ring modulation, compression, and delay to the main signal. Fresh.
This tiny device also has some performance mode settings where you can mute each kit, add realtime rolls, and morph between drum kits.
There are four outputs which can be used as two stereo pairs or four individual outputs where you can assign a drums to the output of your choice. Cool for tracking or sending drums to FX during performances.
Of this wide variety of options, Erica Synths and Sonic Potions say it offers “some of the most extensive sound design capabilities found on a drum synthesizer.”
Check out some wild sounds that this digital drum machine / synth can produce below.
Visit the Erica Synths website to learn more about this device.