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Korg Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer

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Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer
  • Responds naturally to sticks, mallets and traditional hand drum techniques
  • Innovative technology combines DSP synthesis and PCM samples; plus effects
  • 100 preset + 100 user programs; Live Mode stores up to 12 favorites for instant recall
  • Jam along to the 100 loop phrases or to the MP3/CD/AUX input; headphone output
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Style: Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer

KORG

WaveDrum Percussion Synthesizer

The original Korg Wavedrum amazed the music world back in 1994. This legendary musical instrument was instantly famous for its innovative design, performance possibilities, and unique sounds. Well, hang on tight; the power-packed, affordable next-generation Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer is here today and making musical history. Again.

Korg WaveDrum Percussion Synthesizer
The next generation of affordable, power-packed percussion synthesizer. View larger

Korg WaveDrum Percussion Synthesizer
With AUX input, mix in the signal from a CD, MP3 player or even another Wavedrum. View larger
Wavedrum--Unprecedented Sound, Response, and Performance

Sonically rich, programmable, and intensely sensitive, this 2nd generation Wavedrum is bursting with more than enough power and expression to create its own musical legend. The extreme dynamic range challenges the response of an acoustic instrument. Wavedrum responds instantly to any and all playing styles, from subtly-nuanced tapping and stroking to aggressive, rhythmic assaults. From traditional acoustic percussion instruments to unique sounds previously impossible to obtain, Wavedrum serves up an enticing treasure trove of sounds. With Wavedrum, you're always in control. Instruments that normally require special techniques to play, such as tabla, conga, etc., can be played with ease. Create your own unique performance style, filled with unparalleled levels of expression and originality. Built to travel, the compact and lightweight Wavedrum is ideal wherever your musical dreams take you--from casual playing through to a full-on recording session or a live concert performance.

Open the Door to New Musical Journeys

The Korg Wavedrum delivers inspiration and satisfaction to creative performers seeking new realms of expressiveness and sounds. Moving beyond traditional drum and percussion sounds, Wavedrum also provides totally new and unique sounds that are not available in the real world, and offers new ways of playing to achieve new levels of musical expression. Imagine changing the pitch randomly with each hit, or playing melodic phrases simply by choosing a musical scale and applying pressure to the head. Imagine no more, Wavedrum does it all. While opening new doors, Wavedrum is faithful to its roots. Traditional hand-drum techniques, such as adding pitch and tonal changes to a strike by pressing the head, have been previously unobtainable on an electronic instrument. No longer. Wavedrum can process and respond to these intimate performance gestures as no other instrument can. These same techniques provide a wealth of performance possibilities. For example, Wavedrum can produce sitar and tambura sounds at the same time. You can produce tambura sounds alone by hitting the head, adding the sitar sounds by applying pressure to the head before hitting it. Applying further pressure can change the pitch of the sitar within the selected scale. Only Wavedrum is able to offer such astounding versatility.

Multiple Sensors Deliver Previously Unimaginable Expressiveness

Acoustic percussion instruments produce sound naturally, in direct response to a physical impact, be it gentle or abrupt. Wavedrum, although an electronic musical instrument, creates sound exactly the same way. The head and rim pickups are directly used as a sound source to be processed by the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) algorithms, and they also trigger the PCM sound engine. Together with the pressure sensor under the head, the Wavedrum responds to each and every subtle finger and hand motion (hitting, rubbing, scratching etc). as well as to the traditional hand drum techniques of open shot, slap shot, heel and toe, mute, etc. Of course, the Wavedrum responds not just to your hands, but to other playing materials as well, such as sticks, mallets, and brushes. The rim has two types of notches, small and large, and these can be used to elicit a tremolo-type effect by scratching with sticks, etc. Combining the rim sounds with the head sounds can create an even richer, more original performance.

Korg WaveDrum Percussion Synthesizer
Responds to each and every subtle finger, hand motion, or instruments such as sticks, mallets, and brushes. View larger

Korg WaveDrum Percussion Synthesizer
100 custom presets range from high-fidelity drum and percussion sounds. View larger
DSP Synthesis and PCM Samples Combine for Endless Sonic Exploration

The Wavedrum contains 36 DSP algorithms to conjure an abundance of synthesis methods; analog, additive, non-linear, physical modeling, etc. Using these building blocks, you can create various instrument sounds, natural sounds, or purely synthetic sounds--in addition to Wavedrum’s own unique voice. The PCM sound engine--the other important part of Wavedrum's sound creation system--contains 200 sampled sounds; 100 for the head, and 100 for the rim, with velocity-switching capabilities. Certain algorithms allow you to combine a specific DSP method and a PCM instrument to the head, and assign a different combination to the rim. This method of controlling multiple sounds within a single program delivers a fantastic playing experience, rich in sound. In other algorithms, the velocity and tone of the strike are used to control the PCM sound, creating a responsive interaction that far surpasses any sample-playback device, one rivaling that of an acoustic instrument.

Planet-Wide Percussion

Wavedrum begins with a foundation of traditional pop/rock drum sounds such as snares, kick drums, tom toms, and more. Wavedrum also opens new vistas of sound, delivering a wealth of percussion sounds from many eras and cultures around the globe and throughout time. Ethnic percussion instruments, although seemingly simple in structure and performance, are capable of expressing the complex emotions of a culture. These include popular percussion instruments such as cajons, congas and tablas; metallic instruments such as cowbells, and triangles, along with rare ethnic percussion sounds. With Wavedrum, you have instant access to instruments such as the udu, a clay pod percussion instrument; the jegog, a bamboo gamelan marimba from the island of Bali; a talking drum from Africa, gongs, and many other instruments that often require special playing skills. Not strictly limited to percussion sounds, Wavedrum includes stringed instruments such as the sitar, koto, and berimbau as well. For every sound, Wavedrum adds its own new modes of expression, in addition to faithfully re-creating the original sounds.

100 Customizable Presets

The 100 preset Wavedrum programs range from high-fidelity emulative drum and percussion sounds to a world of new and unique sounds. There are a range of parameters available for editing and tweaking to create new sounds to suit your own music or style of playing. In addition to making changes to pitch, decay time, loudness, reverb, delay, and curve (intensity) of the pressure sensor, you can completely alter the sound by, for example, changing the head material parameter from skin to metal. The combination of DSP and sampled sounds can also be changed to create totally new sounds from scratch. These new programs (up to 100) can be stored in the user area. The Wavedrum also has a Live Mode, which can store up to 12 favorite programs (from the preset or user programs) for selection instantaneously during performance.

Jam-Along Function

Sure, you can enjoy the Wavedrum just by playing the sounds alone, but the dynamic and interactive Wavedrum adds some special features that provide jam-along abilities for fun or practice. Practice your paradiddles or simply wail away along to 100 loop phrases from various musical genres. Using the AUX input, you can mix in the signal from any audio source--CD, MP3 player, or even an additional Wavedrum.

Ready, Set, Go

Portable, compact, and lightweight, Wavedrum is ready for any musical outing. Hold Wavedrum on your lap, or play it standing like a hand drum. Place Wavedrum on an ordinary snare drum stand, or add Wavedrum to any electronic or acoustic drum kit. Use Wavedrum as part of a DJ set-up, or add a percussive element to your keyboard rig. Wavedrum is the ideal accent for any vocalist or front person. Using the headphone output allows you to practice in private, anytime, anyplace--without fretting about the neighbors.


Product Information

Style:Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer
Item Weight 5 pounds
Product Dimensions 18 x 7 x 18 inches
Shipping Weight 7.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B002OLK5UI
Item model number WAVEDRUM
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4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #93,706 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#107 in Musical Instruments > Drums & Percussion > Electronic Drums > Electronic Pads
Date first available at Amazon.com December 3, 2009

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The surface striking area is large enough. The microphone clip could be more sensitive. Nice to be able to have two different percussion sounds at the same time. One sound on the pad and a different sound on the clip. I plugged it into a micro guitar amp because the internal volume is not very loud.
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I've been looking to get a wavedrum for over a year, and the wait was worth it. I'm really impressed with the expression you can get with this. I'd recommend getting some mallets, as they strike a less sharp sound than drum sticks. The palm mutes and hand playing are great too. My only complaint, which you can fix, it's quiet out of the box, turn on the 2x volume option. Once that was set, it's just a matter of setting what you like.
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You could spend hours and hours playing with this little drum pad. Attaching the sensor clip to various objects and playing them is more fun then playing on the little pad itself, and the volume seems to be a little louder from the clip than from the pad. The biggest complaint is the volume is very soft, some of the sounds you can't even hear they are so soft all you hear is your hand slapping on the pad. To really enjoy this drum you have to plug it into an amplifier, it makes a world of difference. With out an amp I think you will be disappointed. One other complaint is the first few drum sounds Korg put at the beginning (00,01,02 etc) are not the best sounding of the 100 drum sounds. But all in all I'm happy with my purchase and as long as you plug it into an amp you should have hours and hours of fun playing with it.
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I almost don't want to write this endorsement but this is a sweet piece of equipment almost anyone could have fun with.

Only suggestion for improvement is fewer dorkey 80's wham-like sounds and put acoustic instruments and the basic building blocks of a band, bass, wah, snares, percussion up front.

As it is in sounds 1-20 are 90% specialty sounds and you have to find the best sounds in mid 20's, 40's, and 50's, which makes for a lot of unnecessary scrolling.

I would be perfectly happy never to hear another 'synth hit' again.
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This thing is a lot of fun and has a lot of cool sounds, but you have very little control of sound variation. It's not at all responsive like a drum head (higher pitch at the edge, etc.). I'd characterize it more as a toy than an instrument. I actually returned this and went with the Wavedrum instead. Much better piece of equipment for serious percussionists. But to be clear, this thing is a lot of fun as a toy, and you can get some great sounds out of it (although the onboard speaker is pretty low).
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Also, the volume output is just not loud enough without an external amplifier. Often, you'll hear the sound of your hands against the pad over the sound output of the unit.

Would be an order of magnitude better if it had MIDI out.
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This was really fun and cool, but it broke after just a week or so of use. I returned it no problem but decided to get a refund since it wasn't quite worth the money I paid for it, and I was nervous it would break again some time in the future.
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I already owned the much more expensive Roland Handsonic HPD-15, which I have been using for years. The Handsonic is a terrific electronic hand-drum unit, with a huge amount of sampled percussion. I had tried the Wavedrum in a music store years ago, loved it, but couldn't justify buying yet another electronic percussion unit. The price dropped when the Wavedrum standard was discontinued and was so cheap I couldn't resist. I only saw the cheap price for a short time, then it disappeared.

The Wavedrum is a different, and much more organic and responsive instrument. The combination of the real head (not rubber) modeled synthesis, samples, and piezo pickups adds up to an instrument that feels and plays like a real drum.

The array of sounds is fine, albeit not nearly as complete as the Handsonic. The Wavedrum is programmable, but the interface is terrible - a few digits or letters in a tiny red rectangle which are hard to decipher.

There is no MIDI, or a way to connect to a computer, but the Wavedrum was designed for musicians to play, and a joy it is to do just that.
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