The Most Realistic Percussion Pad
The Korg Wavedrum blurs the line between electronic and acoustic percussion. This dynamic percussion synthesizer is intensely sensitive, capable of picking up each and every subtle finger action. It also works well with mallets and sticks. You'll hear percussion in unbelievable detail with Wavedrum. Play traditional rock percussion or experiment with rare and popular percussion sounds from all over the world. There are over 200 instruments inside, with room for 200 presets. Plug in your iPod and headphones to practice silently. Or plug Wavedrum into the PA for expressive performances.Korg Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer at a Glance:
- Multiple sensors deliver previously unimaginable expressiveness
- DSP synthesis and PCM samples combine for endless sonic exploration
- Planet-wide percussion
- Enjoy 100 preset programs; create 100 programs that are all your own
- Jam-along functions for added fun
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 creates sound exactly the same way. The Korg 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.
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.
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. 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 udo, 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.
Enjoy 100 preset programs; create 100 programs that are all your own
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 functions for added fun
Sure, you can enjoy the Wavedrum just by playing the sounds alone, but the dynamic and interactive Wavedrum adds 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. The options are endless.
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. Using the headphone output allows you to practice in private, anytime, anyplace — without fretting about the neighbors!
- Percussion synthesizer responds to hand, finger, and mallet strokes
- Includes rock and world percussion sounds
- Features an iPod input for jam-along fun
- Has 100 built-in loop phrases for effective practice
- Can combine rim and head sounds for authentic-sounding performances
- Synthesis: DSP + PCM Combination
- DSP Algorithms: 36 Total
- PCM Instruments: 200 Total; 100 Head, 100 Rim
- Programs: 200 Total; 100 Preset, 100 User
- Loop Phrases: 100 Total; Various genres and tempos
- Effects: Reverb, Delay
- Panel Controls: Volume, Bank/Mode/Page select, Program/Parameter select, Value control, Write
- Input/Output jacks: Output: L, R unbalanced; Phones: Stereo mini phone jack; AUX IN: Stereo mini phone jack
- Display: 3-character 7-segment LED
- Sampling frequency: 48kHz
- A/D, D/A conversion: 24 bit
- Power supply: DC9V 1.7A
- Dimensions: W x D x H: 13.74" x 13.54" x 2.95"
- Weight: 4.41 lbs.
- Included items: AC Adapter, Tuning key, Allen wrench