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Broken Drum Machine(bdm)   vst AU VST

the Circuit Bent Drum Synthesizer 

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To the fact that the broken sound is desirable. Yes! Knobs turn for satisfaction defective! 
Inspired by a combination of several old school beat boxes and the circuit-bending culture that revolves around cheap, and old, hardware musical instruments (such as the “toy” Casio and Yamaha keyboards of  the 80s), Broken Drum Machine brings the lively, "ever changing",
circuit-bent drum machine sounds to your DAW.
BDM is a plugin instrument designed for the musicians who love chaos and usually find the unpredictable behaviour of an uncontrollable sound machine stimulating and inspiring.
BDM offers four drum pads in the style of an old beat box- one each for Bass Drum, Snare, Hi-Hat and Stick. Each pad features the usual suspects for shaping the synthesized sound, including tone, decay, pitch, pan and gain. On top of the standard controls comes the broken
factor - each pad features its own sliders for chaos and chance. Chaos sets the amount of variations to the original sound, and chance is the probability algorithm for the chaos to occur.
By varying and automating the chaos and chance sliders, you can achieve a range of wild and unpredictable sounds, similar to creating glitches and bleeps by manipulating an analog circuit.

Architecture Overview:

Each pad features a dual sound source- an analog modeled oscillator (VCO) and a built-in in sample playback engine (PCM). A slider allows you to choose between a pure VCO or PCM sound source, or a mix of the two.
The four drum pads of BDM are mapped across 12 midi notes (midi note 29 through to midi note 40), each providing different configurations of pitch and decay time. The  higher midi notes (from midi note 47 and up) are used for pitch tracking the VCOs. The end result is that the humble 4 pad architecture of Broken Drum Machine is deceiving: The sound palette is in fact huge, with wide scope for variation and dynamics.
The output is configured as 1 stereo + 4 mono outs.

BDM Modpaks:

Suppose you want to customize the samples in BDM, or start with a different default sound, or even change the look of BDM completely: You need to get your hands dirty and create a BDM Modpak.
A Modpak replaces the contents of the BDM Folder in order to change BDM's look and/or sound.  Modpaks allow you to use a different set of samples for BDM's PCM data; to set up a different default preset bank when BDM loads; and to completely change the graphic interface, from colors to shapes and knob types.
BDM is sold with one extra Modpack, so you can already experiment the change.

The license allows you to receive
software updates for free and to
obtain free support for the
BDM VSTi. trial

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1. BDM + PCM
one BDM only, plus Reverb at the end 4.4 MB

2. Unmute & Mangling
one BDM only, dry recording 2.3 MB

3. Mangling the BD sample
one BDM only, dry recording 4.5 MB

4. PCM + VCO
one BDM only, dry recording with MIDI pitch traking 1.4 MB

5. BDM Generic Hip Hop
one BDM only, demo by Azrael 1.5 MB

6. Bank 2
one BDM only, demo of bank2 of blortblort presets 3.1 MB


1. F 209
track by bobsled
2x BDM and blortblort presets. If anything, it demonstrated that
any bass track midi can be routed to BDM to affect the drum track in
a pronounced yet controlled fashion 4.0 MB

2. Mongoloid [192]
track by  blortblort
all drum patterns were created by bobsled

3. Holidays Tekno
3 minutes: BDM + EVE + Modelonia
3.9 MB

4. Roots of Noise
12 minutes: BDM Only 11.7 MB
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