Boot Fair Find: Yamaha DD-10 Digital MIDI Drum Machine

Released in 1988, the Yamaha DD-10 was aimed at those who wished to annoy the hell out of their neighbours at 2am.  The machine featured 8-bit sounds, with some sounds reused at a different pitch, two-level velocity sensing pads and 26 drum, percussion and sound effect samples.  MIDI In also features, so you can trigger drum sounds with an external device.

Found this recently at a local boot fair.  Fiver.  Contained my excitement so the seller didn’t put the price up.  Boxed with polys and foamy wrapper.  No manual, strap or foot pedals sadly, but hey – what do you want for a fiver?

Another dream item for circuit-bending, as digital delay, resonant filters and other such larky modifications can be added if you know what you’re doing.  Inputs and outputs include External Power Source, Aux Out (L&R/L), Aux Out R, Headphones, Foot Pedal Jack and MIDI In.

98 Auto Rhythms, Power Switch, Volume, Tempo, MIDI Mode, Metronome, Roll, Restart, Stop, Intro/Fill, Manual Tempo.  A small keypad is used to enter numerical data for drum patterns, which is displayed on a 2-digit large LED display.


Arturia SPARK: Creative Drum Machine & Software

Lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely etc …

Released 15 February 2011.  £399 to you, guv’nor (€499 / $599)

For Windows (XP, Viata, Seven) and OSX 10.5 or above.  Internet connection required to authorise product.


  • 16 key – 64 step sequencer
  • 8 velocity sensitive pads
  • Touch sensitive FX pad
  • Assignable encoders
  • Aluminium enclosure
  • Works as universal MIDI controller with any third-party software
  • Pristine quality sound engines including: TAE analogue synthesis, multilayered sampling delivered by reference third-party companies, physical modelling.
  • FX Pad with repeat, tape, reverse, strobe, pan, mix, 3-mode filter and roller.
  • Advanced loop mode with divide and move functions.
  • Real-time automation on all parameters
  • 16-track mixer with high quality effects: compressor, reverb, bit crusher, multiband EQ, chorus, delay, distortion, phaser, plate reverb
  • Song Mode with up to 64 patterns per song
  • Shuffle and Shift Modes to humanise grooves
  • Easy import of audio samples, MIDI files and REX loops
  • Drag & Drop export of MIDI and Audio patterns into your DAW
  • Seamless integration as a plugin and standalone (VST, AU, RTAS)
  • Easy import of audio samples, MIDI files and REX loops
  • Drag & Drop export of MIDI and Audio patterns into your DAW

Required Minimum Specifications

PC: 1GB RAM, 2GHz CPU (multicore recommended)
MAC: (Intel ONLY) 1GB RAM, 2GHz CPU (multicore recommended)