Doktor Avalanche is The Sisters of Mercy's drum machine,
Originally the Doktor was a Boss DR55 "Doktor Rhythm" featuring
only four sounds, not much of a memory - and one MONO output ...
However, it's there where he's got his name from ...
In the 1990ies, the Doktor was running on a custom rig under DOS 3.3, despite Adam Pearson's desire to run it with "logic" on a Mac.
On recent tours, the Doktor has been intermittently responsible for
playing bass as well, probably when guitarists' hands got tired.
For elaborate technical details on The Doktor and the whole of his extented equipment
A Set Of Family Photos ...
... a few more pictures documenting the Doktor's development over the years:
- (Click for larger views...)
The Early 1980ies - A Successive Series Of Roland TRs
1984/5 - First And Last And Always
1986/7 - Floodland Era
1989/90 - Matured ...
Hard To Find - Post Millennium Live Picture Material
Always on pace with technical innovations of the time
The Doktor slimmed down visually over the years ...
2011 - The Current Gear
Recently, The Sisters of Mercy have upgraded The Doktor's components with 3 MacBooks Pro ... a stable basis for future experiments ...