Date = 1967

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 9

Rhythms = 16

Rhythm Combining = Too right!







Is it a Mini Pops? Is It a Doncamatic?

Well it could be best described as the Mini Pops with no number. Whereas all the others had numbers like the famous Jarre Mini Pops 7 this one was simply "Doncamatic".

It doesn't help to clear up the confusion that Tadashi Osanai's earliest drum machines were called Doncamatics, (folklore claims that Osanai coined the name after the noise they made... "donca donca".

What also doen't help is that the Mini Pops models that DID have numbers were never manufactured in any particular order...

What I'm really saying here is I haven't the foggiest. Anyone who fancies researching the background of the Korg Company... well good luck! This particular model predates the "Korg" brand name as they were still known as Keio Electronic Laboratories at the time so it is now the earliest drum machine in our collection (formerly the Mini Pops 7). Then again, none of you came here for a history lesson so let's talk about the machine and what it does.


Well what you get are 16 standard rhythms all marked out on nice black and white buttons for that faux keyboard look and a balance control. Fortunately for us, this is one of the balance controls that does actually fade in the cymbal only so it allowed us to sample the rhythms with or without.

Rhythmically it offers little to surprise but the machine does allow rhythm combining, (I won't bitch about people calling it a "fault" this time). That's good news because once again we've been able to go completely overboard and turn those basic 16 patterns into 160 loops of all the possible crazy combinations, (except the rubbish ones of course).







So... what about the sounds?

Well these are exactly what you would expect from one of the first transistorised drum machines on the planet.





They're disgusting, they're evil, they hiss and spit at you! This is definitely one of those drum boxes for someone looking to turn a few heads.

I was trying to think what it reminded me of and in the end I came to the conclusion that it wasn't a million miles away from the drum sounds on Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" which is great because there aren't that many analogue drum machines that actually sound "that" primitive.

So that's it... Get yourself over to the preview player and check it out for yourself. If you want something that sounds every bit of its 41 years then I think this is it!







Sample Pack Info:











Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

This sample set contains 160 four bar loops of all 16 rhythm patterns (with & without cymbals) and another 128 combination rhythms (also with & without cymbals).

These will be added to the sample pack at a later date however and anyone who has bought this pack will be entitled to the hits as a free upgrade.







What's so special about these sample packs? Quite simply, there isn't anywhere on the internet or in any commercial sample library where you can get this stuff. We made these samples because nobody else has.







All Dubsounds sample packs are sampled directly from our own drum machines. They are definitely NOT ripped from sample CD's, unlike many you see on Ebay at the moment, (which is a bit sad). All the rhythms are recorded directly into Pro-Tools from the machine's audio output and are not equalised, compressed or effected in any way. We want you to have the closest thing to the real machine as possible but with the added benefits of seamless integration into your VST host. The only thing we have done is to CAREFULLY remove any unwanted electrical noise and hum present in the signal, (if required) and taking extreme care to avoid damaging the delicate percussive transients. These samples were made for our own use first and foremost!







KEIO DONCAMATIC MINI POPS - 160 loops - (99Mb download)








Please note:

Before buying; please make sure that you have read the information on the drum sounds intro page