MIDI drumbox with a vintage voice

MIDI drumbox with a vintage voice

Farfisa Midi Drumbox

R Scott’s analog MIDI drum machine puts circuitry from an old organ’s rhythm section under digital control –

The 8 knobs on the top of the case control Master Volume, Kick, Clave, Snare, Conga, Low Tom, High Tom, and Hi-Hat levels. The two LEDs indicate power and midi activity.
The drum sound circuitry was taken from a broken old Farfisa organ. I removed the entire rhythm accompaniment assembly and later built a power supply for it, turning it into a stand-alone drum machine.

MIDI control was implemented via a custom kit from Highly Liquid. Combining pre-existing analog synth boards with new controller hardware is an awesome idea that coud be applied in a number of creative ways. Head over to the site to hear samples and get more of the story – analog MIDI drum machine

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4 thoughts on “MIDI drumbox with a vintage voice

  1. The Oracle says:

    How did I ever miss the MIDI Glockenspiel? That’s been on my to-do list for about 2 years but hasn’t made it past the concept stage. So many projects, so little time.

  2. Collin Cunningham says:

    yups, I know what you mean.

    … and I have a bunch of old sound circuits that could use a nice MIDI overhaul as seen above.

    ah well, “slow and steady wins the race”

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