Erica Synths Perkons HD-01 Drum Machine ‘Will Change Your Approach To Electronic Rhythm Synthesis’

At Superbooth 2021, Erica Synths officially introduced Perkons HD-01, a drum machine and synthesizer that they say “will change your approach to electronic rhythm synthesis.”

Perkons is named after the Baltic god of thunder, and Erica Synths says that it is “an instrument which bears the weight of a storm beneath its sturdy casing.

The drum machine features 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.

It’s also designed to integrate with external gear. 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

Audio demos are still to come at the Erica Synths site. Here’s an unofficial demo via Hainbach:

Here’s a preview via Gearspace:

Pricing and Availability

Perkons is expected to be available by the end of 2021, with a MAP of $1,999 USD, and  RRP of 1650 EUR (VAT excl.).