Raw Analogue Drums

The Pearl Syncussion SY-1 is an extremely rare analogue drum synthesizer originally manufactured in 1979 by Pearl Musical Instruments.

This freaky little box is capable of producing a huge palette of percussive sounds, powerful kicks and experimental sound effects which carry a vintage sound inherent to its unique drum synthesis methods and extremely powerful sounding oscillators…

Sampling the SY-1

After finally getting our hands on one of these extraordinary instruments we just knew we had to sample it!

Our goal was to record a versatile and creative collection of sounds from one of the rarest and most powerful drum synths ever made; resulting in 1885 beautifully recorded drum samples.

In the Detail

We worked extremely hard to capture the raw, powerful sound of the SY-1 by recording both a huge selection of dry drums as well as a variety of round robin samples and velocity variations.

Each sound was recorded through mastering grade conversion and high-end analogue preamps.

Adding Character

For extra character and depth, we recorded a wealth of Syncussion sounds through our vast collection of boutique all-analogue gear.

Additionally, a number of sounds were re-sampled through our EMU SP-12 Turbo to obtain a lo-fi, gritty texture.

Last but by no means least we visited the world of analogue tape by recording over 800 drum hits to analogue tape via a Studer A820 tape machine…

In the Press

What people are saying about Syncussion Drums…

“Raw and punchy electronic drum sounds with a surprising amount of variety and plenty of subtle variations in processing…”

MusicTech Magazine

“This is a really unique sounding pack that is full of useful drums! The samples are beautifully recorded and are ready to use straight out the box with no further processing needed…”


DJ & Producer

What’s Included?

  • 1885 24-bit 100% royalty free electronic drum hits!

  • 839 drum sounds recorded to 1/4” tape via a Studer A80 Mk1 tape machine

  • 162 unprocessed kick drum samples including cone-melting subs, snappy clicks and enormous bass drums

  • 74 beautifully processed kick drum sounds making use of our extensive outboard collection

  • 16 creatively layered kicks and huge subs

  • 148 carefully recorded round robin sample variations

  • 158 percussion hits and wired tones

  • 134 blips, glitch and creative noise hits

  • 71 lo-fi SP-12 drum sounds including twisted percussion and lo-fi hits

  • 95 tom samples covering deep to disco and everything in between

  • 48 stereo SFX sounds

  • 104 additional layered snare drum and hi hat samples. Snares and hats are not the Syncussion’s strongest point so we included a huge bonus collection of punchy snares and silky hats

  • 63 ‘ready to play’ drum kits including sampler patches for Battery, Kontakt, NI Maschine, Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ

  • Ableton Live Pack including 57 Drum Racks and 63 Sampler Instruments

  • 6 multi samples kits, each offered in a variety of key labelled pitches and designed to be played as musical patches