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CAT: DRUM PAD
26 Sep 11
8" dual-zone drum pad
Review: This velocity-sensitive drum pad gives you natural dynamic response with a soft, rubber head for realistic feel and rebound. Its dual-zone sensing enables you to trigger sounds from the head and and rim for rimshots or alternate rim sounds. It works with virtually all e-percussion modules and devices including the DM6, DM5, Trigger iO and ControlPad. It comes with rack clamp, L-arm and cable.
CAT: PERFORMANCEPAD PRO
18 Jul 11
High-definition multi-pad percussion instrument
Review: The Alesis Performance Pad Pro offers professional sound, style and control that stands on its own. You can either augment your drum or percussion setup with the Alesis Performance Pad Pro, or play it on its own. This 8-pad multi-percussion instrument features over 500 sounds and a 3-part sequencer so you can play live, create loops and sequences, accompany yourself and add texture to the band or musical group.
With 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads, kick and hi-hat inputs and over 500 multi-sampled Dynamic Articulation sounds, the Performance Pad Pro is an all-in-one drum station. It even has inputs for kick and hi-hat triggers. The Performance Pad Pro contains the sequencing engine from Alesis'' best-selling drum machines. This 3-part sequencer enables you to program drum, percussion and accompaniment parts for creating complete tracks or playing along with loops.
The Alesis Performance Pad Pro features a modern, high-definition sound set with acoustic and electronic drums, percussion, sound effects, bass and more. It also contains powerful Alesis studio effects including reverb, EQ and compression for customizing sounds to perfection. You can also use the Performance Pad Pro as a MIDI controller for playing virtually any sound module, synth or software. Plus, you can connect and mix in a music source via the Performance Pad Pro's input.
Furthermore, you can mount the Performance Pad Pro on stands and racks, place it on most snare stands, or play it tabletop in a percussion, production, or DJ setup.
07 Dec 09
Review: The Korg Wavedrum WD-X responds perfectly to the performer's action, from subtly nuanced touching and stroking to aggressive hitting. It has a wide variety of instruments ranging from standard acoustic percussion instruments to new and unique percussion sounds.
Wavedrum establishes its own way of playing giving you unparalleled expression full of originality and depth. And with its compact and light weight design, the Wavedrum fits all performance situations from casual playing through to full on recording or performance.
You can sustain sounds just by pressing the head. Applying further pressure can change the pitch of the sound continuously within the selected scale. Thus, you can express yourself by playing new sounds with new ways of playing available only with the Wavedrum.
The Wavedrum helps inquiring creative performers who seek new expressiveness and sounds. Besides ordinary percussion sounds, the Wavedrum contains totally new and unique sounds that are not available in real world and offers new ways of playing for new musical expression. Changing the pitch randomly with each hit, or play melodic phrases by setting a musical scale and applying pressure to the head, a performance characteristic unique to the Wavedrum.
The head and rim pickups are directly used as a sound source to be processed by the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) algorithms and trigger the PCM sound engine. Together with the pressure sensor under the head, the Wavedrum responds to subtle motions of fingers and hands such as hitting, rubbing, scratching etc. as well as to traditional hand playing techniques such as open shot, slap shot, heel and toe, mute, etc.
Of course, the Wavedrum also responds to different playing materials such as sticks, mallets, brushes, etc., as well as the playing position of the head to play with the expression and dynamic range that are almost equivalent to that of acoustic drums and percussion.
The rim has 2 types of notches, small and large, and these can be used to get a tremolo type effect by scratching with sticks, etc. Combine the rim sounds with head sounds for an even richer, more original performance.
CAT: WAVEDRUM GLOBAL
25 Mar 13
Percussion synthesizer and drum pad
Review: The new Wavedrum Global Edition represents the next and most powerful evolution in the Wavedrum family. It boasts the largest palette of cutting-edge sounds of any Wavedrum to date; with sought-after percussion sounds from around the world, a major boost in the quality of each sound, and dramatic improvements in usability.
In 2009, Korg unveiled Wavedrum WD-X, a revival of the original Wavedrum that debuted in 1994. The reimagined '09 Wavedrum had a stunning impact as a performance tool that brought new expressive power to musicians-from users of the original Wavedrum to forward-looking percussionists. Subsequent models included Wavedrum Oriental with its added Arabic sounds, Wavedrum Mini with its unique sensor clip, as well as limited edition color models, and the instrument's unbounded potential has continued to accelerate the spread of Wavedrum mania throughout the world.
CAT: WAVEDRUM MINI
11 Jul 11
Review: The Korg Wavedrum Mini synthesizer features a built-in speaker, battery-powered portability and a revolutionary sensor clip that transforms nearly any object into an instrument. Simply attaching the sensor clip (included) to any object or surface can transform it into a playable percussion instrument, providing a second sound to complement the Wavedrum Mini pad. The object to which you attach the clip will have a dramatic effect on how the sound is played, so you'll be making new sonic discoveries every time you use the sensor clip. The Wavedrum Mini synthesizer also comes with a convenient strap. Sit down, strap the Wavedrum Mini to your thigh and assign a snare sound to the pad. Next, assign a bass drum sound to the sensor clip and attach it to the upper part of your shoe and you've created a natural-playing drum kit that you can use anywhere.
Based on Wavedrum technology, the Wavedrum Mini offers 100 sounds, professionally programmed and ready to play. From acoustic-sounding drum and percussion sounds to cutting-edge sounds possible only on a synthesizer, the Wavedrum Mini offers a diverse range of sounds. Even instruments such as bass, tuned percussion and stringed instruments are included, allowing you to create both rhythmic and melodic performances. The tone of the Wavedrum Mini responds to the location at which you strike the pad and the amount of force applied, moving beyond a one-dimensional sound. The pad responds sensitively to every aspect of your strike, open shots, slap shots and more, allowing for a range of sophisticated performance techniques and complex musical expression.
The Wavedrum Mini features built-in effects that make it easy to transform the sound itself. Each of the 10 high-quality multi-effects combines a variety of effects: familiar spatial-type effects such as delay, chorus and reverb; modern effects including filters and pitch-shifters that radically transform the sound; distortion-type effects that deliver analog-style warmth, etc.
The Wavedrum Mini contains 100 rhythm patterns covering a range of styles. These patterns can be used as a guide to help the beginner keep a steady rhythm or simply enjoy jamming along. In fact, by using the pad, the sensor clip and playing a rhythm pattern, you can create a 3-part performance in real time.
The looper function lets you record and playback your Wavedrum Mini performance. Plus, you can add an unlimited number of overdubs, creating complex multi-sound patterns. When you play along to these complex patterns in real time, you could create fascinating performances without the need for any other equipment.
An AC adapter is included. The Wavedrum Mini synthesizer can also run on batteries, making it ideal for outdoor use or street performances. The built-in speaker is another attraction of the Wavedrum Mini, giving you the casual freedom to play on the spur of the moment and to share your sound alone or in an impromptu jam session.
20 May 13
Sturdy stand for Roland rhythm coach
Review: Practice in comfort with this pad stand for the RMP3 and RMP5 Rhythm Coach. The small sturdy stand with adjustable angle is a perfect companion for Roland's Rhythm Coach series instruments.