WMD Chimera


WMD’s first percussion synthesizer module for Eurorack

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Humanistic shakers, drum machine tambourines, laser guns, minimal techno offbeats, giant-robot movie sound design, etc. It’s all yours with the Chimera (kai-meer-ah).

First, we recorded samples of different metallic hits to create the sonic signatures that we call Surfaces. The sources include tambourines, sleigh bells, drill bits, wrenches, shell casings, coins, chains, stomp box enclosures and about 50 eurorack panels from an order that came damaged from our supplier.  Unlike it’s younger sibling, the Fracture, the Chimera uses impulse rich sonic signatures that have lots of detail and long tails to create rich, detailed, shaker like sounds.

Second, we built a proprietary granular synthesis engine around the sonic signatures with the goal of making a module that could sound like a human hitting and shaking a tambourine. With the fundamentals finished, we tweaked the control ranges, built the post-engine effects, and bomb-proofed the hardware.

From there we pushed and polished the engine and user experience, squeezing every juicy drop out of 8HP.

Main Features:

  • Wide array of rich, detailed sample sources
  • Proprietary granular synthesis engine
  • Firmware upgradeable via USB

Width: 8hp
Depth: 30mm
Power @+12V: 63mA
Power @-12V: 17mA
All CV Inputs: 100k ohm impedance
CV inputs sum with knobs
Full sweep is 5V
Gate Inputs: 100k ohm impedance
2V threshold Schmitt Trigger
Audio Output: 220 ohm impedance
20Vpp range
1.0ms latency max

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 17.5 × 6 × 10 cm