Hoping to continue the grand
tradition of unique and intuitive analog instruments, while at the same time
extending their capabilities using the latest technologies, we are proud to
introduce the JoMoX XBASE 888, our newest analog drum machine. It combines the
ultimate vintage sound with a modern, intuitive interface for both modern studio
and live requirements. There are several notable new features on the XBASE
kick drum and the tom toms now each have an adjustable pitch envelope and sound
even phatter than before! The
analog noise parameter of the snare and hi hat can be “metal-ized” to create
sounds extremely similar to vintage drum machines - and this is fully
because it has no X-Filter, the XBASE 888 is more affordable than the
still has an unbeatable sound, this little beauty!
Drum, Snare Drum, Lo Tom, Hi Tom, Hi Hat, Clap, Rim, Crash and Ride. All
instruments are polyphonically playable and have individual outs. The bass drum,
snare drum, lo tom and high tom are true analog circuits, and for the remainder
of the sounds, the XBASE 888 uses short 8-bit samples, each routed through an
analog envelope. The sample flash ROM contains 31 samples per instrument, so
there's a total of 186 samples (The Hi Hat section contains 2 separate samples for Closed and Open HH).
analog sound production
BD, SD, LT and HT use true analog circuits with full digital control, which
allows the storage of presets and full midi control of all parameters. To keep
the analog circuitry as pristine as possible, all D/A converters are specially
designed for and integrated into the circuits with proven XBASE/AirBase
editing is made by continuous rotary encoders for every analog parameter,
allowing you to edit the sounds without jumps or awkward turning
to each knob there is a 3-color LED indicating which parameters are editable for
the selected instrument.
Improved kick drum
most famous sound of the original XBase-09 was clearly the kick drum. Now, on
the XBASE 888, that famed kick drum circuit adds an adjustable pitch envelope.
With this added feature, the decay time constant is changed, and you can create
808-like slow pitch decays. Additionally, the new compression parameter is
useful to morph between a 909-style ultra compressed envelope or an 808-ish
Analog tom toms
XBASE 888 also offers the extremely phat, punchy and widely editable analog tom
toms as originally included on the AirBase99/JaZBase03/XBASE 999. However, now
they each employ an adjustable pitch envelope.
Internal step sequencer
XBASE 888 also features the renowned JoMoX step sequencer, with some notable
improvements: all patterns are A/B patterns, and you can now choose between
having two alternating 16 step patterns or one 32 step pattern. The sequencer
utilizes 3-color LEDs to indicate the individual step edit modes even better and
more intuitively. The micro shuffle can now be edited for each instrument
individually. Bank select now has its own switch. 4 banks with each 16 A/B
patterns are now available, resulting in 128 actual 16 step
Stereo mix with pan control
instruments except for the kick drum can be panned in the stereo bus. If a cable
is inserted into any individual output, the corresponding sound is removed from
the stereo bus.
External midi tracks
the XBASE 999, there are 4 tracks with which to control external devices by
programmable midi notes, and the knobs on the XBASE can also send midi cc
messages to your external devices.
course the XBASE 888 retains two phat LFOs which can be clocked to tempo or run
freely and which can be routed to any destination.
Hat section contains a great sounding analog band pass filter with independent
lowpass, highpass and resonance controls. In addition to the 8-bit HH samples,
analog noise can be the sound source as well.
instead of pure white noise you can now create a wide variety of “metal-ized”
noise signals, tweakable by 2 parameters, which can be the source for the snare
or hi hat.
· Large alphanumeric LCD display
more convenient and clear operation the XBASE 888 has a big alphanumerical LCD
display with 2x24 characters. Kits can be named and the analog step sequencer has a bar
Flash sound ROM
sound flash memory in the percussion section (HH, Clap, Rim, Crash, Ride), which
contains 31 samples per instrument, can be overwritten by the user via midi
sample dump in order to create your own samples.
· Sample editor We provide a free tool that
converts your *.wav or *.AIFF samples into the properly formatted XBASE 888
structure and lets you dump your own short samples into the XBASE
Rack mounting angles are available as accessories, and you can find them in the