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Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer  

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        Voted "Best in Show" at Winter NAMM 2010.

        Start with a real drumhead that responds naturally to brushes, sticks, mallets, or even your bare hands. Add in a sensitive acoustic transducer, advanced DSP synthesis, and hundreds of superior samples. The result is the astounding Korg Wavedrum. Delivering accurate and imaginative sounds from around the globe, Wavedrum creates an interactive, organic, and spellbinding playing experience that no trigger-based system can match.

        The affordable 2nd generation Korg Wavedrum is sonically richer, more sensitive, and packed with enough power and expression to create its own musical legend. The Wavedrum's wide dynamic range mimics that of an acoustic drum. Wavedrum responds perfectly to your action, from subtly nuanced tapping and stroking to aggressive, repetitive strikes.

        The original Korg Wavedrum amazed the world back in 1994. This legendary musical instrument was instantly famous for its innovative design, performance possibilities, and unique sounds.

        Now the Korg Wavedrum's broad variety of sonic offerings ranges from traditional acoustic percussion instruments to new and unique percussive sounds. With Wavedrum, instruments that normally require special techniques to play, such as the tabla, or conga, can be played with ease. In addition, Wavedrum establishes its own way of playing, granting you unparalleled levels of expression, full of originality and depth.

        Compact and lightweight in design, Korg Wavedrum is ideal in all performance situations—from casual playing through to a full-on recording session or a live concert performance.

        Totally unique sounds and innovative ways to play open the door to new musical journeys.
        The Korg Wavedrum delivers inspiration and satisfaction to creative percussionists 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.

        With a Korg Wavedrum, you can change the pitch randomly with each hit, or play melodic phrases by choosing a musical scale and applying pressure to the head. Traditional hand-drum techniques, such as adding pitch and tonal changes to a strike by pressing the head, were previously unobtainable on an electronic instrument.

        Korg Wavedrum processes and responds to these intimate performance gestures as no other percussion 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 continuously within the selected scale.

        These and other performance characteristics are unique to the Korg Wavedrum.

        Multiple sensors and playing techniques deliver previously unimaginable expressiveness.
        Acoustic percussion instruments produces sound naturally, in direct response to a physical impact, be it gentle or abrupt. Wavedrum, although an electronic musical instrument, adheres to this same physical concept. The head and rim pickups are directly used as a sound source to be processed by the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) algorithms, and also trigger the PCM sound engine. Together with the pressure sensor under the head, the Wavedrum responds to all of the percussionist's subtle finger and hand motions (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 also responds to other playing materials such as sticks, mallets, and brushes. 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. Combing the rim sounds with the head sounds can create an even richer, more original performance.

        Innovative technology combines DSP synthesis and PCM samples
        The Wavedrum contains 36 DSP algorithms to realize a variety of synthesis methods; analog, additive, non-linear, physical modeling, etc. Working with these algorithms, you can create various instrument sounds, natural sounds, or purely synthetic sounds—in addition to Wavedrum's own unique sounds. Certain DSP algorithms allow you to assign a different DSP method and PCM instrument to the head and to the rim. In other algorithms, the velocity and tone of the strike are used to control the PCM sound, delivering a playing experience rivaling that of an acoustic instrument. The PCM sound engine—the other important part of Wavedrum's sound creation system—contains 200 PCM sounds; 100 for the head, and 100 for the rim. Combining the PCM sounds with the DSP algorithms delivers a natural response far beyond the reach of PCM only instruments.

        Treat yourself to a cavalcade of rare ethnic percussion instruments from around the world.
        Wavedrum begins with a foundation of traditional pop/rock drum sounds such as snares, kick drums, tom toms, and more. Wavedrum also contains a wealth of percussion sounds from many eras and cultures. Ethnic percussion instruments, although seemingly simple in structure and performance, are capable of expressing the 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 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 is a range of parameters available for editing and tweaking to create new user programs 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, etc., you can completely alter the sound by, for example, changing the head material parameter from skin to metal. The combination of DSP and PCM 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 preset or user programs) for selecting programs instantaneously during stage performance.

        Jam-along functions for added fun.
        Sure, you can enjoy the Wavedrum just by playing the sounds alone, but Wavedrum has some special features that provide jam-along abilities for fun or practice. Wavedrum contains 100 loop phrases from various musical genres so you can simply join in. 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 setup, or add a percussive element to your keyboard rig. With the optional high stand (Percussion Stand ST-WD), 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!

        Features
        • 2nd Generation Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer provides unparalleled expressiveness
        • Innovative technology combines DSP synthesis and PCM playback
        • 2 playing surfaces—traditional drumhead and advanced rim areas—offer unprecedented expression and a familiar feel with hands, sticks or mallets
        • Transducer pickup and pressure sensor system responds to every performance nuance and gesture and every playing style
        • 100 preset programs offer traditional drum and percussion sounds, plus new and unique sounds
        • 100 user programs for storing customized sounds and settings
        • Live Mode stores up to 12 favorite programs for instant recall
        • 100 loop phrases of various genres allow Wavedrum users to jam along
        • Headphone output for silent practice
        • AUX input allows the monitoring or mixing in of any audio source; CD, MP3, even a second WAVEDRUM!
        • Versatile, compact, lightweight design; use as an individual instrument, or mixed in with a traditional kit, or any performance/percussion rig

        This dynamic percussion synthesizer is packed with power and expression, and built to travel. Order today.

         

        Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer Specifications:

        • DSP algorithms: 36 Total
        • PCM instruments: 200 Total; 100 Head, 100 Rim
        • Programs: 200 Total; 100 Preset, 100 User
        • Loop Phrases: 100
        • Effects: Reverb, Delay
        • Panel Controls: Volume, Bank/Mode/Page select, Program/Parameter select, Value control, Write
        • Input/Output jacks:
        • Output L, R (Monaural phone jack),
        • 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: 349(W) x 75(H) x 344(D) mm / 13.74"(W) x 2.95"(H) x 13.54"(D)
        • Weight: 2.0 kg/4.41 lb.
        • Included items: AC Adapter, Tuning key, Allen wrench
        • Options: Replacement Head HD-WD, Percussion Stand ST-WD
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        KorgWavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer
         
        4.4

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            Sounds Amazing

            I originally stumbled across the Wavedrum looking for a realistic sounding snare for my Roland electronic drum set. It has an amazing snare sound (I wish there were more), but it doesn't have...Read complete review

            I originally stumbled across the Wavedrum looking for a realistic sounding snare for my Roland electronic drum set. It has an amazing snare sound (I wish there were more), but it doesn't have good stick feel. I just didn't feel like a real snare drum and the sticks don't rebound like they should. It feels like a practice pad.

            But as a hand drum, this thing is amazing. I'm in a Grateful Dead tribute band and the first time I brought it to practice, the guys called it "Space Drum". The built-in presets are great with a really nice variety. I've used a bunch of the more spacey sounding presets during our extended jams. It would be amazing with pedals like a looper, wah or whammy. In regular playing, I mostly use the Bongo, Conga and Djembe settings. When playing live, it sounds very realistic and cuts well. It's much easier to use on-stage than a set of Congas or Djembe. Sound guys love it because they don't have to do anything. When practicing with headphones, it's uncanny.

            Negatives:

            The menu is cryptic. I haven't even attempted to use the built-in loop function or tried to modify the settings. I'm lost. It comes with 2 pages of presets and I have to take the manual with me on-stage if I want to access something other than the Conga, Bongo or Djembe settings (which I've memorized). Another commenter suggested an iPad interface and that would be awesome. We're all using iPads on stage now anyway (controlling in-ear mixes, lyrics/charts, etc).

            The plastic 1/4" connector is cheap and can't handle the rigors of gigging. Mine has shorted occasionally. An XLR connection would be great (and then I wouldn't need a DI box either). I might crack the thing open and solder in my own DI/XLR, or at least replace the 1/4" connector with something more solid. Batteries instead of an AC adapter would be great too. Drummers don't normally need power on-stage (or a DI for that matter), so it can be a hassle to get power. I usually have the Wavedrum sitting on a snare stand and I pick it up to play on my lap as a hand drum. Getting rid of the power cord would be great so I don't accidentally pull it out. The unit takes 10-15 seconds to boot. This isn't really a negative unless I accidentally unplug it live. The AC adapter is a world-wide version which you can change the plugs on by sliding them off. But it gets loose easily, so I had to tape the US adapter onto the wall wart with gaff tape. Get a bag or case for it. The 2 menu knobs keep falling off mine.

            Acoustically, the drum is louder than I thought. Headphone practice isn't exactly silent and it will annoy others around you. Similar to an electronic set with rubber pads but louder surprisingly

            Overall, this thing is amazing and one of the coolest instruments I've come across. All my percussion friends love it. It's one of those instruments that makes you want to write new music the first time you play it. It has a surprisingly organic feel and sound to it.

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            Not for the loud at heart

            I bought this to add textures to sections of songs that are soundscape like. I took it to my rehearsal space without the band being there, so I could check it out with my...Read complete review

            I bought this to add textures to sections of songs that are soundscape like. I took it to my rehearsal space without the band being there, so I could check it out with my kit. To be able to hear the Wavedrum with the rest of my set it had to be turned up to the point of feedback. Moving things around didn't really help. Having it close to my snare and tom caused cross triggering. It is safe to bet that playing in a doom metal band is not going to work with this. I have tried electronic drums in the past. The wavedrum is no different. The sensativity can be set at a higher level, but you would loose the subtlety that makes the Wavedrum what it is. Not only will the drums cause cross talk, but the huge amps will do the same.

            It is nice to have all of the world percussion sounds in one place. Having the wavedrum would be less expensive than owning all or even a handful of the instruments included in it. Some of the triggering is strange with some of them, but can be worked around comfortably.

            EDITING IS A MAJOR HASSLE!!!! Even though midi is out of the question to control other instruments, it would be a nice addition for ease of editing the patches. It is impossible to edit things without the use of the manual. Unless you have a really amazing memory, that is. The menus are pretty deep. Even a usb port would be nice. SOMETHING besides five small buttons and a rotory encoder. Speaking of the rotory encoder, when finding a patch 0-99 if you stay on a patch for more that a second it loads it. So if you go passed the patch you need and hesitate slightly, you have to wait. This would not be good for a live situation, and is irritating even when just messing around with it.

            The build quality feels cheap. Sure the rim is cast aluminum, but everything else is plastic. If this thing gets dropped even a foot, it is going to be useless. If this is going to be in a studio, it would be fine. Taking it out on the road......not so much. It is also stange that they didn't include some sort of L-rod mount. It would be nice to have more mounting options. If you want to play it standing up, you have to order the special super high snare stand. I had problems using it with my set, due to the flatness of the Wavedrum. I even used a taller than normal stand.

            All in all, it is an alright drum synth. I feel that the price could be lower. Probably around $250-$300. Due mainly to the build quality. I think it would be great for small venues with a quiet band, or small jam sessions. Though if you are going to drag the Wavedrum and cables and an amp and a stand out to either of those, why not just take a set of congas, a tamborine, and a shaker.

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            5.0

            Does it all

            By MUffino

            from Surrey, BC, Canada

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Play Right Out Of The Box

            Cons

            • Manual Needs Tweaking

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            The most versatile instrument (and fun) in my collection.

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            5.0

            Did someone say tabla?

            By Kurt Schindler

            from St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Acurate
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult To Program

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            Just bought the WaveDrum hoping it would add to my loop show. I havn't used it live yet but after practicing on it for 6hrs straight out of the box, I know it will add amazing qualities to my show. It doesn't play itself. You have to have actual technique to get this thing to sound good which is why I love it. The tabla program is amazing with incredible sensitivity which will allow me to have an otherwise quiet instrument on a very loud stage. Not to mentention the plethera of other incredible instruments and sounds. My son played on it and got addicted very quickly stating that it would make him a better percussionist. I Agree!!

            Programing seems to be complicated but I'm sure I'll figure it out with a bit more practice and with memorization of the settings.
            I would recommend this instrument to other musicians but really I want to be the only one with it.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not for the loud at heart

            By Major Happy Chord

            from Asheville, NC

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Great sounds
            • Triggers well

            Cons

            • Build feels cheap
            • Cross triggering
            • Editing
            • Feedback Issues
            • Not good for live use

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Jams

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I bought this to add textures to sections of songs that are soundscape like. I took it to my rehearsal space without the band being there, so I could check it out with my kit. To be able to hear the Wavedrum with the rest of my set it had to be turned up to the point of feedback. Moving things around didn't really help. Having it close to my snare and tom caused cross triggering. It is safe to bet that playing in a doom metal band is not going to work with this. I have tried electronic drums in the past. The wavedrum is no different. The sensativity can be set at a higher level, but you would loose the subtlety that makes the Wavedrum what it is. Not only will the drums cause cross talk, but the huge amps will do the same.

            It is nice to have all of the world percussion sounds in one place. Having the wavedrum would be less expensive than owning all or even a handful of the instruments included in it. Some of the triggering is strange with some of them, but can be worked around comfortably.

            EDITING IS A MAJOR HASSLE!!!! Even though midi is out of the question to control other instruments, it would be a nice addition for ease of editing the patches. It is impossible to edit things without the use of the manual. Unless you have a really amazing memory, that is. The menus are pretty deep. Even a usb port would be nice. SOMETHING besides five small buttons and a rotory encoder. Speaking of the rotory encoder, when finding a patch 0-99 if you stay on a patch for more that a second it loads it. So if you go passed the patch you need and hesitate slightly, you have to wait. This would not be good for a live situation, and is irritating even when just messing around with it.

            The build quality feels cheap. Sure the rim is cast aluminum, but everything else is plastic. If this thing gets dropped even a foot, it is going to be useless. If this is going to be in a studio, it would be fine. Taking it out on the road......not so much. It is also stange that they didn't include some sort of L-rod mount. It would be nice to have more mounting options. If you want to play it standing up, you have to order the special super high snare stand. I had problems using it with my set, due to the flatness of the Wavedrum. I even used a taller than normal stand.

            All in all, it is an alright drum synth. I feel that the price could be lower. Probably around $250-$300. Due mainly to the build quality. I think it would be great for small venues with a quiet band, or small jam sessions. Though if you are going to drag the Wavedrum and cables and an amp and a stand out to either of those, why not just take a set of congas, a tamborine, and a shaker.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Sounds Amazing

            By erichansen.tv

            from Jackson, WY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Great hand drum feel
            • Realistic Sounds

            Cons

            • Menus cryptic
            • Not robust
            • Stick feel not good

            Best Uses

            • Live hand drum
            • Practice
            • Recording

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I originally stumbled across the Wavedrum looking for a realistic sounding snare for my Roland electronic drum set. It has an amazing snare sound (I wish there were more), but it doesn't have good stick feel. I just didn't feel like a real snare drum and the sticks don't rebound like they should. It feels like a practice pad.

            But as a hand drum, this thing is amazing. I'm in a Grateful Dead tribute band and the first time I brought it to practice, the guys called it "Space Drum". The built-in presets are great with a really nice variety. I've used a bunch of the more spacey sounding presets during our extended jams. It would be amazing with pedals like a looper, wah or whammy. In regular playing, I mostly use the Bongo, Conga and Djembe settings. When playing live, it sounds very realistic and cuts well. It's much easier to use on-stage than a set of Congas or Djembe. Sound guys love it because they don't have to do anything. When practicing with headphones, it's uncanny.

            Negatives:

            The menu is cryptic. I haven't even attempted to use the built-in loop function or tried to modify the settings. I'm lost. It comes with 2 pages of presets and I have to take the manual with me on-stage if I want to access something other than the Conga, Bongo or Djembe settings (which I've memorized). Another commenter suggested an iPad interface and that would be awesome. We're all using iPads on stage now anyway (controlling in-ear mixes, lyrics/charts, etc).

            The plastic 1/4" connector is cheap and can't handle the rigors of gigging. Mine has shorted occasionally. An XLR connection would be great (and then I wouldn't need a DI box either). I might crack the thing open and solder in my own DI/XLR, or at least replace the 1/4" connector with something more solid. Batteries instead of an AC adapter would be great too. Drummers don't normally need power on-stage (or a DI for that matter), so it can be a hassle to get power. I usually have the Wavedrum sitting on a snare stand and I pick it up to play on my lap as a hand drum. Getting rid of the power cord would be great so I don't accidentally pull it out. The unit takes 10-15 seconds to boot. This isn't really a negative unless I accidentally unplug it live. The AC adapter is a world-wide version which you can change the plugs on by sliding them off. But it gets loose easily, so I had to tape the US adapter onto the wall wart with gaff tape. Get a bag or case for it. The 2 menu knobs keep falling off mine.

            Acoustically, the drum is louder than I thought. Headphone practice isn't exactly silent and it will annoy others around you. Similar to an electronic set with rubber pads but louder surprisingly

            Overall, this thing is amazing and one of the coolest instruments I've come across. All my percussion friends love it. It's one of those instruments that makes you want to write new music the first time you play it. It has a surprisingly organic feel and sound to it.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great addition to an acoustic drum kit

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I've tried the other effects units on the market. And I have to say the Korg Wavedrum surpassed all my expectations.
            I purchased the Korg Wavedrum, for additonal effects. The Korg Wavedrum did not disappoint either. I enjoy all the pre-sets, as well as the option to add and save just about any sound you can possibly think of.
            The Korg Wavedrum is built very well. I play aggresively and the Wavedrum can handle it.
            The Korg is a little pricey, but is well worth the money.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really funky piece of percussion kit

            By Andrew Dobson

            from NJ - too cool for wimps!

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            Well worth having
            This is a really nice piece of kit - full of interesting sounds, highly sensitive to the way you play it, yet robust and funky!!
            All of the Korg stuff s really high end - you pays yer money, but you still get alot for it and it's all very reliable....although check out the nightmare stories from the early days of electronic drums in Bill Brufords really excellent autobiography!
            Really the best way to go if you want a syn-drum to complement your full acoustic kit.

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            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great First Issue

            By Gigabetz-ZKEYi

            from all over

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            For those with limited or conventional sight this will be a toy. It can be an inspirational part of a show and certainly for those who know how to use it they will only sell theirs when Korg issues a newer design. If the new one has more user control, it will be an instrument in its own right something in a class by intself.
            First let me say that this device is a great first release for the Wavedrum.
            What would make this drum even better is the following:
            More power on the volume.
            More realtime control of the features. A Wifi Link to an iPad would be awesome to control and program its various features.

            The controls are limited. I don't think Korg did a good job on the controls for programming of this unit because frankly," they were probably wondering how well it would do.

            Some people said they would like midi ins and outs on this thing. Honestly I don't think the unit works that way. Sure you could put a midi out to control something else but this thing is an instrument and not a ""pad'. Okay so if you used the midi out you could control something else so that would work.

            This thing sounds organic. It lives and breathes and that's why it is so popular. Don't expect this thing to be a drum set. It isn't that at all. It is a percussion synthesizer and it will add a new dimension to your sound. Incidentally the snares sound pretty darn good. If I were Korg I would have at least a dozen snares on this so that drummers could choose them on the fly.

            It also NEEDS a better display system and I know that is tricky with the limited real estate right now.
            This is solid. Well done Korg!
            This is a unique instrument. You could get buyers remorse unless you know what you are going to use this for. If you are a drummer and you want to add more spice to your present set up. Go for it. If you are into audio landscapes", ethnic sounding drumming, this is like nothing else.
            This needs a redesign to be a truly great product. Korg, this will be worthwhile. Just do it.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Waves of dance fun

            By Donald Austin

            from Laramie, Wyoming

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I have been using the wave drum for accompaniment of modern dance classes, where I normally play congas, this fall semester. It has been a big hit with the dancers and the teachers. The Cold Wind program has been great for providing ambient sound during body awareness exercises, out of time. The tabla drone and koto suite programs are also popular. I like a lot of the big bass sounds. You need a good PA system to get the sounds out of this thing. On the downside, It is confusing to reprogram, so I have just been using the preset programs. Also you cannot adjust the speed of the prerecorded drum loops, which limits its usefulness in dance classes, where the tempo has to be adjusted on the spot. Some the programs have echo, but you can't adjust the echo on the spot either. so I use a Line Six echo unit to add rhythmic echo and to create loops. The sound quality is really good, with lots of special effects, which the dancers like. It has a really full sound for playing solo. I look forward to seeing the next generation of wave drum. I'd like easier to adjust echo, speed variable drum loops, looping capability, and more special effects, like military sounds, waves, bird calls, gongs, etc.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            First Impression of the Korg Wavedrum

            By The Deacon

            from Nor Cal

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I received the Korg Wavedrum a few days ago and have been playing with it nonstop.I really like the size and sounds of this unit. This will save your back as well as allow you to take up minimal space on stage and allow you access to a multitude of cool sounds.The articulation is excellent. The feel is very nice with the exception of the aluminum rim which after hours of playing can hurt your hands.Here are the negatives I have found so far.No Midi or USBIt takes too long to load programsEditing is pretty difficult with only 1 knob and 6 buttons.The manual is 50% useable.I will use this unit live as well as recording.The Deacon

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun Deployment Packer !

            By Mike-qXcId

            from Italy

            Comments about Korg Wavedrum Drum/Percussion Synthesizer:

            I needed something compact to keep me company on my deployment in Afghanistan. I am very familiar with the dynamic limits of electronic drums but this is something else! Sounds great with acoustic guitar sessions or just plugging in your IPod. If it could just take batteries it would make it more perfect for on the go. I?ve learned it?s very rugged also after dropping it a couple of times.

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