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Russell Haswell
Haswell's Taiko
ALM/Busy Circuits
Catalogue Number
Haswell's Taiko
Release Date
February 12, 2016

‘Haswell's Taiko’ is a special edition Eurorack drum synthesiser module limited to just 100 individually numbered units.

A collaboration between ALM/Busy Circuits and artist Russell Haswell. ‘HASWELL’S TAIKO’ is a re-imagining of ALM’s popular ‘Dinky’s Taiko’ drum module with both a harsher darker look and sound. Expanding the existing features, this limited edition contains an alternate wavetable sound bank of 30 unique and unusual waveforms hand-drawn by Russell Haswell specifically for this module. The waveforms range from broken classics to the unorthodox and nasty reflecting Russell’s unique sound.

The drum voice consists of 3 parts; a digital noise source with controllable frequency and release time, a wavetable oscillator with start and end frequency settings together with a variable rate (and release time, and finally a mix and tone control for the audio output. All settings, bar the tone control, are both direct and voltage controllable.

The drum voice includes a trigger input as well as accent and choke trigger inputs to add further expressive and rhythmic control.

Artist Russell Haswell is a record producer, free improvisor, computer musician, noise aficionado, curator and collaborator. He trained at Coventry School of Art, graduating in 1991. Russell has focused on performance and methodology of large scale sound works, sometimes in surround. As a curator, he has delivered projects for PS1/MoMa, All Tomorrows Parties, Aldeburgh Music and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Russell has previously worked with many "hand drawn" waveform computer applications, starting with the use of the pencil tool in Digidesign's “Sound Designer" in the late 80s, up to, using Iannis Xenakis' "UPIC" system in the 00s.

ALM/Busy Circuits is one of the UK leading modular synthesiser manufacturers. Established in 2012, ALM produces a range of innovative modules in the popular ‘Eurorack’ format. For more information visit

Haswell’s Taiko works well with Dinkys’s Taiko, Pamela’s Workout, O/A/x2 and Tangle Quartet.


Please note that Haswell's Taiko is not a stand alone drum module and an existing Eurorack setup is required in order to use this product.

Due to the limited nature of this product it is strictly one copy per customer, anyone buying more than one will have there order cancelled and refunded.

All orders will be shipped via a fully tracked service


  • Custom ‘inverted’ matt black panel & knobs with white graphics
  • Alternate wavetable sound bank with 30 unique hand drawn waveforms
  • Wide varied 12 Bit digital drum sound source through fully analog EQ
  • Extremely wide pallet of sounds with lots of modulation possibilities
  • Digital noise generator combined with variable wavetable oscillator through an EQ and mix output
  • Trigger, accent and choke trigger inputs
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Skiff friendly

Technical Specifications

  • Supply: +/-12V (Reverse voltage protection)
  • Current Draw: ~80ma
  • Size: 12 HP
  • Depth: 32mm (including power header)


Please refer to the Dinky’s Taiko PDF manual

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