WMDCrater Kick Drum Voice

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WMD Crater

The WMD Crater is a hybrid analog/digital bass drum module that's great for everything from lasers and bass lines to rattling techno kicks. One secret to sonically interesting drum sounds is layering sounds together, which Crater does by introducing a triangle-core analog VCO, three clipping modes, and a digital click section. The pitch envelope makes great 909 sounds and the 1V/Oct tracking lets your make 808-style hip-hop bass lines.

A unique feature is the sustain control, inspired by samplers in gate mode. It allows you to use varying gate lengths to add dynamic animation to your kicks, while retaining the decay length. The digital side introduces a high-end attack or click, as well as delayed noise that lets the kick cut through the mix. Body adds a bit of delayed noise, which simulates things in the room being affected by the kick like the wires in a snare drum. The timbre control adds additional tonal control to the sound of the click. Three different clipping modes and saturation control add character to the bass drum from soft warmth to aggressive speaker rumbling kicks.

Crater Features

  • Hybrid analog/digital kick drum module for Eurorack synthesizers
  • Analog triangle core oscillator
  • Integrated pitch envelope for classic 909-style kick sounds
  • Sustain function for sequencing with gates
  • 1V/Oct tracking
  • Three different integrated clipping modes
  • Saturation for extra bite and grit
  • Wide-range VCA envelope
  • Digital attack section for clean, precise onsets
  • Body control for extra tonal options
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 8hp
  • Depth: 38mm
  • Current draw: 120mA @ +12V, 80mA @ -12V
Product Demo Videos
WMD Eurorack Drum Machine With The New Crater Kick Drum + Tiptop Audio Effects Modules
This jam pairs WMD's Metron, their full arsenal of drum modules, Mutable's Plaits, and Tiptop's new ZVERB and ECHOZ effect modules to create a heavy-hitting drum machine in just 104hp of space. With the recent introduction of WMD's Crater, we needed to see just how huge a WMD drum machine could sound.

WMD's four drum modules work in tandem to produce an entire kit's worth of unique, articulate, and highly detailed percussion sounds. Chimera produces metallic sounds using a purpose-built granular engine pre-loaded with samples of everyday objects; Fracture uses a similar engine for scattered, particulate tones. Crucible is a physically-modeled cymbal module, capable of producing sound ranging from realistic ride cymbals to impossibly large metal sheets. Crater, the newest member of the WMD drum family, utilizes a combination of analog and digital components to produce huge, powerful kicks with the impact of a 909 but the body of an 808.

Tiptop's ZVERB and ECHOZ provide tailored versions of effects from their years of development on the Z-DSP multi effect module, while the Metron keeps everything moving while the MSCL glues the mix together.
WMD Crater Kick Drum Voice Reviews