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VERMONA Drums for everyone

We currently offer three tone generators, specialized in creating drum- and percussion sounds. Each with its individual strengths and audience. We will take a closer look at DRM1 MKIII, Kick Lancet and twinCussion and give you some Youtube recommendations for rainy days.

DRM1 MKIII - the classic

It all began with the DRM1 MKIII. With its eight instrument channels it is the flagship upon the VERMONA drum-synthesizers. It offers a complete set of features:

  • a KICK channel for all kinds of bass-drum-sounds
  • two DRUM channels for toms, woodblocks, metallic FM-percussions and much more
  • a MULTI channel for more complex percussions like cowbells, woodblocks, different kind of pings, pongs and zaps etc.
  • a SNARE channel - you got it - for snares
  • two HI HAT channels for all kinds of cymbals and hats in two versions: open and closed
  • and finally a CLAP channel for … claps

All instrument channels can be triggered simultaneously by MIDI or analog GATE-signals (1).

Each parameter has its own controller. This not only makes spontaneous interactions possible, it is almost impossible to resist playing around with all these knobs. The DRM1 MKIII is a complete sound solution for vital rhythms.

Gaz Williams gives a detailed introduction in his video Exploring the VERMONA DRM1 MKIII.

Kick Lancet - the convenient specialist

The intention of this little machine is already revealed by its name: kick drums. Kick Lancets sound engine is based on the DRM1 MKIIIs KICK channel, mixed up with a little bit of DRUM channel, where it got its FM capabilities from.

That’s what it makes so flexible. Beside various types of kick drums it can create different kinds of metallic and wooden percussions, toms and much more.

Another highlight are its trigger possibilities. Beside MIDI and GATE it offers a very versatile audio-trigger input.

Kick Lancet is a great addition to soft- and hardware drum machines as well as an inspiring source for your own sample library.

We have not one, not two but three video recommendations for Kick Lancet:

twinCussion - the euroracker

twinCussion is the latest addition and brings VERMONA percussions into eurorack. Modular systems have their own requirements and challenges. That’s why we started from scratch when designing the module.

It offers two sound engines that can work separate or in common. Thus it can create up to two individual sounds ranging from kick drums to snares to hi hats. twinCussion is equipped with lots of in- and outputs to expand its possibilities with any modules you like.

Our Youtube recommendations… oh. twinCussion is brand new and we couldn’t find any video in the vastness of the internet.

Would you like to be one of the first persons presenting your twinCussion? We would be delighted to watch and recommend your video.

Your VERMONA crew from the<br/>Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Further Links
  1. DRM 1 MKIII Standard, Deluxe and analog Trigger inputs
  2. DRM1 MKIII product page
  3. Kick Lancet product page
  4. twinCussion product page

Mono Lancet ’15 Demos and Modular Dock

Mono Lancet ’15 was released earlier this year as successor of the popular Mono Lancet synthesizer expander. Little reminder: It has an upgraded LFO with five waveforms and random.

It’s product page (1) is now updated with specific audio demos. Xtront, who made the demos, uses the additional LFO waveforms as well as modular dock to show the capabilities of the little synth.

Along with that we also made Mono Lancet ’15s manual available for download (2). If you are interested in the synthesizer you might want to take a closer look into it to find some useful information.

Modular Dock

Also the eurorack-expansion Modular Dock finally got its product page (3). You have a modular system? Modular Dock is a great addition and integrates Mono Lancet ’15 just perfectly.

You don’t have a modular system but are keen on owning one? The combination of Mono Lancet ’15 and Modular Dock is a great start into the modular world.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

  1. Mono Lancet ’15 product page
  2. Mono Lancet ’15 support page
  3. Modular Dock product page

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