Pearl SC-40 Drumsynthesizer

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


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