Erica Synths PĒRKONS – New Drum Machine Meets Synth

Erica Synths has just announced PĒRKONS HD-01, in their words a unique live performance and sound design instrument that tears down the borders between drum machine, synthesizer and drone instrument.

PĒRKONS is the Baltic Sea name for a deity known by many names – THUNDER, lord of the skies.

PĒRKONS HD-01features four sonically versatile hybrid voices (digital sound engine + analogue multimode filter with overdrive) and a sequencer with simultaneous control over all four percussion tracks.

Each voice has 3 sound engine modes, a HP/BP/LP filter and 8 controls for nuanced sound design, including an internal analogue BBD FX send. All voice parameter settings can be saved as KITS. To add dynamics to the performance, parameter automation is implemented and a modulation LFO can be assigned to all parameters.

According to the makers,PĒRKONS HD-01 provides plenty of connectivity options for integration with external gear, and therefore for a real thunderstorm – each voice has a dedicated velocity-sensitive trigger input, individual output and FX send and return with 6.3mm jack sockets, along with extensive MIDI implementation. All voices are summed and run through a built-in optical compressor and master overdrive.


4 hybrid voices (digital sound engine and analogue multimode filter with overdrive)

8 controls per voice

Velocity-sensitive trigger inputs for drum pads

Individual voice outputs

Individual sends and returns

64 kit and 64 pattern memory + additional memory on the SD card

Built-in analogue bucket brigade delay and optical compressor

Modulation LFO with morphing waveforms, phase shift and 8 destinations

4 track sequencer, 4 time divisions and 4 time multiplications per track

Per-step ratchets and probabilities

4 shuffle algorithms


Pricing and Availability

RRP: 1650 EUR (VAT excl.). MAP: 1999 USD.

PĒRKONS HD-01 is expected for release before the end of 2021.

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