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Pearl Drum-X / DRX-1

Pearl Drum-X / DRX-1

Brand: Pearl

Regular price £585.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £702.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £585.00 GBP
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Uncommon 80s analogue 5-channel drum synth. Full working order.

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Product Description

Pearl Drum-X Programmable Electronic Drums / DRX-1 for sale. Complete with rack ears.

A five channel percussion synth. All channels have the same parameters except for pitch range which varies somewhat between them. Channels are ostensibly Bass Drum, Snare and three Toms, however this unit is capable of some wild electronic sounds. Each has its own trigger-in and a output, plus there is a main stereo out.

It has eight saved kits. These vary from cheesy to very cool, but as all parameters are editable you can soon turn them all into very usable sounds. The ability to switch between kits while it is playing allows some very interesting possibilities also. We like this unit a lot...

Editing sounds is via the buttons - select sound, select parameter, change parameter.

  1. Parameters are:
    Pitch - the basic tune of the sound.

  2. Bend - the amount of pitch modulation; pitch bend is also velocity-dependant.

  3. Mix OSC/Noise - blend from OSC-only to Noise-only.

  4. Overtone - adds some ring modulation, apparently to simulate the second drumhead of a tom - a lot of fun...

  5. Attack - makes the sound more defined and aggressive, adding short enveloped noise, not a click.

  6. Filter - Lowpass for the Noise, also dampens the Attack-sound and the Oscillator.

  7. Decay

  8. Level

With thanks to for some of the above information.


Very good with some wear to the edges and casing. See photos for more information on condition.

Voltage Information

100v Japanese model - it will run on North American mains 115/120v without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. A step-down transformer is required in the UK/EU. We do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply a high quality UK-made unit if required.


For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.