Dave Smith Instruments originally planned only to tease their upcoming drum machine exclusively in a banner at the NAMM show: no word outside the insider trade show. Not in the Internet age: word of a new product from synth legend Dave Smith and drum machine/MPC legend quickly had blogs and forums abuzz.

Dave Smith himself has decided to post official word on the topic. The company notes the comments are “deliberately sketchy”, but that makes sense — this product is in very early development. Here’s Dave on the upcoming BoomChik:

We’re about a year away from production, so it’s currently in the vaporware, uh, I mean, computer simulation stage. Below is the current vision, though it will likely go through a number of changes over the year. We will update the website every few months with the latest status, so in the meanwhile please don’t ask about features or specifics on the design – it’s all subject to change anyway! As far as price, best guess is $1000 – $1500 range. We’re shooting for the lower, but we all know how that can go.

Basically, it is meant to be a drum machine, not an MPC. It will have both real analog percussion and normal sample playback, plus a bunch of novel processing. The idea is to produce sounds with some real, unique personality, different from everything else out there. Those of you with Evolvers can likely imagine what sounds will be possible, but it should go beyond that also.

Personally, I’m delighted this is a drum machine and a new concept, rather than an MPC. And imagining sounds that start with the rich, analog timbres of the Evolver and grow from there sounds terrific. I’m just going to clear my schedule for a year from now … it’s been too long since we saw great new drum machines.

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  • Gee

    Analog and digital???

    Thank goodness, they're finally bringing back the 909!

  • Beyond using an Evolver for drum synthesis? I am so ready.

    Smith and Linn can do almost no wrong in my studio, so the two of them together should really push the boundaries of what a drum machine can sound like.

  • Having just spent a few days programming some old drum machines and enjoying the heck out of it, this sounds like just what I need to make it through the blistering cold next winter.

  • Oh my god !!! I can't wait for this !!! I'm an MPC/Machine drum NUT and this seems to be a little both of worlds with the dave smith touch.

    HOLY S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • "it’s been too long since we saw great new drum machines."

    How long is too long? Elektron's Machinedrum UW is only year or so old, and the Jomox XBase 999 came out last year.

  • Okay, good point, Niall. I guess I like that I see some real manual control here (i.e., pads, not just controls) and analog sounds … the Jomox has the latter, of course, and both are very nice boxes indeed.

    I sometimes completely lose my memory – slash – mind. I should add a disclaimer. 😉

    Anyway, bring on more and we're still happy.

  • nav

    this thing better sample or at least be able to take in formated drum sounds via cd rom.i dont think that price should be the real issue.make it a classic-dont skimp.the futures waiting….

  • Beken One

    DAVE and ROGER.


    remember…Roger has a Brain on him like Dave does so expect crazy never thought of stuff.

    the creators of the PROPHET and the MPC?

    yummy thoughts I shall have ……yes.

  • rob

    what a wonderful thing this will be !!!