Glitchy rhythmic loops are the underpinning backbeat of many an electronic noodling session, and the Tapbum is a neat example of an accessible way to create such abstract electronic percussion. It’s housed in a small tabletop box measuring just under 11cm in size, and comes with a host of features to hone and vary your tempo track.
The Tapbum is a monophonic percussion synth which is powered by 9-12V DC and provides plenty of percussive electronic sounds to jam along to. It creates sounds ranging from sharp metallic glitches to soft rounded tones – with an adjustable 4-step sequencer to create on-beat bleeps as well as wonky polyrhythms. There’s a choice of kick drum, woodblock and noise sounds to choose from – with 3 inputs and 3 outputs along the top of the unit, 2 audio outs, 2 CV inputs and clock in /out.
It features a button to clear the sequencer, a knob to choose the number of steps and a record button for sequencer playback – everything you need to make percussive polyrhythms!
The Tapbum is designed and created by Sismo Synths who are based in Portugal – selling a fine range of tabletop sound surprises. Check out the video below to hear it in action: