DRM 1 MKIII Standard, Deluxe and analog Trigger inputs


This year our DRM1 MKIII became ten. Together with its predecessor, the MKII-version, we can look back at 15 years of availability of this analog drum synthesizer. Wow, that’s something we are very proud of and we don’t think that there are that many sound devices with such a long history these days. Especially when considering that the end of the DRM1 MKIII is not in sight yet.

Maybe you know that we offer three different versions of the DRM1 MKIII and pretty often we got asked about the commonalities and differences between them. So that’s what we’d like to write about in this post. If you are not familiar with the DRM1 MKIII you should check out its product page1 before continuing

DRM1 MKIII Standard

The standard version comes with black plastic knobs with soft-touch and colored inlays. All sound-relevant parameters are marked grey, volume- and panorama knobs are orange.

The individual instrument-channels of the DRM1 MKIII can be triggered dynamically by MIDI with free assignable note number and MIDI channel(s).

DRM1 MKIII Standard Trigger

This version has all the features of the standard version plus the analog trigger option. Each instrument-channel can be triggered by a GATE signal (+2.4 to +10 volts). The Hi Hat channels have two gate inputs, one for the closed Hat and one for the open Hat.

The MIDI interface and trigger inputs can be used in parallel. The trigger option doesn’t offer dynamic volume control, that’s only possible using MIDI.


The deluxe version is identical to the standard trigger version except of the knobs. There are no plastic knobs, it shines with a total of 73 special made VERMONA chrome knobs. Looks beautiful!

Upgrading standard to trigger

Can the DRM1 MKIII standard be retrofit with the trigger inputs? Sure it can but it only should be done with an authorizes service center.

We must point to the fact that opening the DRM1 MKIII will violate the warranty regulations. Beside that it can lead to damages of the DRM1 MKIII and even worse, to injury due to high voltages.

If you like to get your device upgraded with the trigger option, don’t hesitate to contact us2.


Most important: All three versions of the DRM1 MKIII are identical in terms of sound!

If you are looking for a drum synthesizer that can be easily integrated in a MIDI setup, the standard version will do the job just perfectly.

Increasing popularity of modular systems makes the standard trigger version interesting for those of you who already have or plan to get a modular synth. There will always be a gate signal that can trigger the DRM1 MKIII. Watch our random madness video as an example3

The DRM1 MKIII deluxe is the right choice if you’d like to make yourself and your setup a little shiny present.

You can contact us by email or via our contact form if you have any questions about the DRM1 MKIII.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

  1. DRM1 MKIII product page ↩︎
  2. Contact us ↩︎
  3. random madness with fourmulator and DRM1 MKIII on Youtube ↩︎

ÄTNA - Walls with Kick Lancet

ÄTNA from Dresden are Inéz and Demian Kappenstein. We were impressed by their song “Walls” that demonstrates their musicality and strong sense for sound atmospheres. We are looking forward to the release of their debut-EP coming in September this year.

Nice side effect: In the video to the song you clearely can discover Kick Lancet in action.
Enjoy watching and listening!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

twinCussion module available now!

After 15 years of DRM1 and six years of Kick Lancet, we are carrying our expertise on electronic drum sounds to Eurorack modular systems: Welcome to twinCussion!

Instead of presenting a multitude of specialized but inflexible modules to create individual percussive instruments, we present twinCussion – a single module covering the whole spectrum of analog drum- and effect-sounds.
The module consists of two sensibly structured sound engines. Use these to create two different sounds fast and easy or combine both engines to sculpt more complex sounds. Numerous in- and outputs allow you to open up the predefined structures and expand these endlessly.

Pushing bass drums, prominent snares and chirping hi-hats are just a small part of what’s inside this module. We are sure, you will get a lot more out of twinCussion. Check it out! As of now, twinCussion is available at your well-sorted modular-dealer.

Find more information on the twinCussion product page.

fourMulator video again

At first glance, the fourMulator is a well-structured, four-channel LFO module with handy knobs and a lot of connectors. Of course, that’s what it is! With its extensive sync- and trigger-features it is a creative and complex sequencer as well.
In our latest video we explain the fourMulator’s basic functions and show how you can use it as control center for beats and melody.

Enjoy watching. If you like the video you can show it by clicking the LIKE button on Youtube.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Mono Lancet ’15 on DelamarTV

The guys from German online magazine Delamar inspected our lately updated Mono Lancet ’15 at Superbooth 16 in Berlin. Thomas from VERMONA answered their questions and gave a short demonstration of the compact synthesizer. Enjoy watching!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

SynthPatcher and Modular Podcast


Today, we have two recommendations for you:

  • T-Shirts with our VERMONA logo are available on SynthPatcher as of now. They are Fair Wear and of highest quality, so don’t hesitate to grab one.
  • Steve of SynthPatcher was a guest at the latest episode (#3) of the Modular Podcast. They are talking about the recent held Superbooth16 in Berlin. Its worth listening!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

T.Raumschmiere with VERMONA

In the current issue of German Sound & Recording Magazine 04/2016, Marco Haas aka T.Raumschmiere gives some insights to his studio and the production of his latest album. Among other great synths and effect machines the photos clearly show a PERfourMER MKII, a DRM1 MKII - predecessor of the famous MKIII-version as well as a Retroverb - predecessor of Retroverb Lancet.

On the corresponding page of the Sound & Recording website you can see further images as well as a video showing Marco Haas playing with some of his gear.

Enjoy the links and the new week!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

New PERfourMER MKII audio demos

Even after more then five years the PERfourMER MKII still is most popular among creative sound enthusiasts and musicians. Again xtront created some exciting sounds with his unit and allowed us to publish them on our homepage.

Naturally we’d like to share them with you: demo page

Enjoy listening and last but not least: Thank you, xtront.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

PERfourMER MKII Demo by Stochastic Design

Again we found a beautiful demonstration of our PERfourMER MKII on Youtube. The video, made by Stochastic Design shows the quad synthesizer in musical context, sequenced by Ableton Live.
Enjoy watching the video!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Superbooth 16 - expectations exceeded

We had three marvelous days at Superbooth 16 in Berlin and would like to thank Andreas Schneiders and his Superbooth-crew for the successful event. If you couldn’t make it to Berlin, we’d like to lead you to some videos of VERMONA at the show:

Enjoy watching! We hope to see you at a Superbooth 17 next year!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustische Manufaktur, Erlbach