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Drum Machine

Owner's manual:


Nithonat is a fully synthesized drum machine based on the classic 606. The unique sound of this machine has been used by many artists over the years in the production of Electro, Hip-Hop and R n B.

The original 606 has been perfectly emulated. However, since Nithonat is software based, D16 were able to enhance the original with extra functionality.

Full control over the sound

On the original 606, the only editable sound parameter was volume. D16 have added to the original and as a result, Nithonat is equipped with extra controls which allow each sound to be shaped in ways which were not possible in the original machine.

A whole spectrum of sounds is now at you fingertips – rumbling kicks, rustling snares and completely synthesized and unnatural sounding toms and hi-hats.

For the first time since the 80s, it is now possible to hear what the analog synthesis of the 606 is truly capable off!

One of a kind

Nithonat was designed completely from the ground up. Its synthesis is special – even when compared to Nepheton’s. It has very unique and characteristic hi-hat and cymbal sounds which are due to the emulated structure of the circuits in the original. The bass drum has unparalleled attack character and strong punch. The snare sounds sandy.

These unique attributes guarantee that our 606 is not a sub-standard 808 but is a great instrument with a unique timbre which will bring an old school feel to any track it is used on.

New dimension of creativity

Nithonat has a powerful built-in internal sequencer. The tracks can be edited in a very simple and intuitive way and modified with many useful functions. The clear GUI means that sequencer is very easy to use.

In addition to having many internal sequencer modes, Nithonat can also be used as a sound module. All sounds and functions within Nithonat can be controlled from a host sequencer.

Experimenting with Nithonat can give interesting and unexpected results. Operation of Nithonat is very similar to Drumazon and Nepheton – having knowledge of these will mean that using Nithonat will not require much manual reading!

Good choice

We believe that we have created a powerful drum machine at an affordable price which is quick to program and very easy to use.

Another D16 classic!

Sound examples



BlipBop 03/2011
» D16 Group have created or should I say recreated some great classic Roland drum machines, which will stun you for quality and accuracy of sound and possibilities to take that sound further! ... It is safe to say that you can ditch your 909, 808 and 606 sample collections! It would be great to see other classic drum machines being reproduced as I believe that the D16 Group understand what musicians, DJs and producers need. «
Keys, 12/2009
» Natürlich steht und fällt eine Emulation vor allem mit ihrer Klangqualität. Hier darf man beruhigt durchatmen. Nithonat ist ein hervorragender, moderner Ersatz für die kleine Silberbüchse. Der warme, charakteristische Klang wird treffend eingefangen und in etlichen Parametern steuerbar. Das Spektrum der nutzbaren Klänge geht also deutlich über die sieben Sounds des Originals hinaus – erst recht in Kombination mit den virtuellen Einzelausgängen. «, Nov 2009
» D16 added some worthwhile things to the original TR-606 concept, like the randomizing function, multiple outputs, a good preset system, host mode in which you can trigger patterns from your host sequencer, etc. [...] In short, Nithonat is a great TR-606 emulation. With its additional instrument parameters it provides a wider range of sounds than the original machine. If you are looking for this type of drum machine, I don’t think you can go wrong with Nithonat. (read whole review) «
Beat, December 2009
» Die D16 Group hat es ein weiteres Mal geschafft, einen Klassiker in Form von Nullen und Einsen authentisch nachzubilden und auf eindrucksvolle Weise zu erweitern. Dabei klingt Nithonat keineswegs angestaubt: Vor allem in Verbindung mit Distortion - und LoFi-Effekten liefert das Plug-in moderne Elektrosounds. «
Computer Music, (138) October 2009
» [...] if you want the sound of an electro classic in your sonic armoury, then Nithonat offers more than enough to make it preferable to a 606 sampler patch. The bolstering of the original feature set is a genuine and worthwhile improvement, and by offering the sequencing and arrangement functions of the original, it recreates the style of music creation that goes with step-sequencing. «
Waveformless, 6/2009
» Obviously, the sound shaping possibilities take it a bit beyond what is possible with a real 606, but these variations are subtle and still faithful to the original 606 sound. [...] They've really done an excellent job maintaining the balance between added functionality and reverence for the original in a way other companies sometimes miss. I can't wait to see what they do next! (9/10) (read whole review) «



Full Features

  • fully synthesized drum sounds
  • additional parameters to get yet more control over the sound
  • many ways of controlling the device:
    • external mode (notes triggering the sounds)
    • internal sequencer (pattern mode)
  • internal sequencer:
    • 8 banks with 12 patterns per bank
    • each pattern up to 16 steps of length
    • each pattern defined with one of four available measures
    • shuffle mode
    • trigger out
    • global accent track
    • tap mode
    • chain mode
    • shuffle (swing) and tempo values defined per pattern
    • built in randomizer
    • patterns import/export via human readable xml files
  • two modes of synchronization:
    • precise synchronization to the host tempo
    • synchronization to internal clock - tempo controlled in the range 30-300 BPM (+-0.1)
  • mutes/solos for each instrument (affect triggerring not just the signal)
  • dynamic signal routing from instruments to outputs
  • drum kits organised into groups
  • midi learn function
  • 64bit internal processing

System requirements


OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU: 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Software: VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)


OS: 10.6.x or 10.7.x
CPU: Intel based 1.5 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Software: AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

It's not a standalone program so you need a host application to use it.
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