Block 4    music projects    shop    Art + Exhibition    Film works    Research    Data    Sitemap And Search    Impressum / Contact    Datenschutz  

you are here: Block 4 > Research > Machines >  Pearl SC-40

Pearl SC-40

The Pearl SC-40 is a hybrid drumsynthesizer from 1985 with digital oscillators and analogue filters. It can be controlled by 8 drumpadinputs or Midi.

Instead holding whole drumsamples the oscillators got their sound almost from 1-cycle waveforms, 32 different waveforms are available.

Each voice is made of a strange combination between an oscillator, a noise generator, 3 egs and 2 bandpassfilters, creating a unique sound between early digital synths and analogue Simmons Drums.

SC-40 got a 4 voices at a time, the SC-20 2. The soundstorage is in the drumkits, in which you copy first one of the 128 preset sounds and then you can make your own settings. A drumkit includes 8 pads which means 8 different sounds are available at a time


As a service we provide a PDF with the scanned manual of this drumsynth for downloading (5.3 MB) but all material is copyrighted by Pearl Musical Instrument Co.. If they wanted us to do so, we will delete this PDF.

Sound Synthesis

Pure Data

Notstandskomitee Visual Sequencer System

Minicomputer Synthesizer

Alsa Modular Synthesizer


3Klang Linux synthesizer

MacOSX software synthesizer



Pearl SC-40

3D Engine

work in progress, the beginning

GPGPU, the future

Choosing a 3D engine

Education and Ressources

Raspberry Pi research

Realtime visuals with Panda3D

Blender as batch processor

3D with Max/MSP Jitter

Wings 3D modelling


preparing netbook