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High-definition electronic drumming with 128 strike rings for sound variations every millimeter.

The Mandala detects where and how hard you hit and translates that information into sound and sound controllers for your playing pleasure and exploration. The capabilities of the Mandala and its first brain range from surface membrane strike sensitivity to position and velocity resolution to all-out multizone playing.

The essential components of the high-resolution Mandala Drum include the Mandala Drum Pad and the Mandala Brain v1.0. The Mandala Drum Pad is a dynamic multiple-control-zone electronic surface with an 11"-diameter strike area that uses patented membrane sensor technology to detect exactly where and how hard a surface strike occurs.

The versatile Mandala Brain is driven by a dual-microprocessor-powered circuit with an onboard sound synthesizer chip containing a library of sounds that are assignable to respond according to the system's ultrafast triggering and controller info on a per-zone basis with up to 7 assignable zones and a high-resolution position controller made up of 128 concentric strike rings from pad center to edge.

The Mandala also offers full functionality as a programmable realtime MIDI controller intended to manipulate external MIDI-compatible gear such as synths, computers, samplers, tone modules, etc. using MIDI notes, velocity controller, position controller, and pedal controller.

Extra features include realtime controllable onboard reverb, delay, chorus, and flange effects, as well as 4-band EQ, pitch-bend, modulation, volume, and panning parameters. An array of per-zone tonal options, including scales and modalities, root note intonation, intervallic sequences, and programmable range definitions round out the musicality of the instrument. Also included is a dual footswitch for hands-free preset scrolling, as well as an input for a continuous controller expression pedal. Showing off many of the system's capabilities are 83 factory presets for easy out-of-the-box playing. 57 additional slots are available for user-programmed patches.

Danny Carey of Tool says, "I am surrounded by Mandalas every night onstage. This technology is the only way I can trigger and control all the sounds I want to play. Helping develop these pads was definitely worth the time and effort."

  • 1 Mandala Drum Pad
  • 1 Mandala Brain component (v 1.0)
  • 1 Dual footswitch for program change
  • 1 Pad-connection cable

Mandala Drum Pad and Brain

  • Mandala Drum Pad
    Color: black and red
    Sides: 9
    Strike zone diameter: 11"
    Enclosure width: 12"
    Depth: 2"
    Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.
    Resolution position: Analog
    Resolution velocity: Analog
    Pad output: TRS connector
    Brain outputs: MIDI; 1/4" left and right audio; headphone; dual footswitch, expression pedal

    Mandala Brain (v1.0)

    Scales: major, minor, diminished, whole tone, indian, gamelan, ryuku, pentatonic major, pentatonic minor, blues major, blues minor, combination diminished, melodic minor, chromatic.

    Display: Reverse Backlit, 20 character, 4-line

    Zones: 1-7 Concentric

    Modes: ionian, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, locrian

    Length: 7.38", 188mm
    Width: 4.70", 120mm
    Depth: 2.05", 52mm

    TRS from Pad
    Dual Footswitch (included)
    Expression Pedal (optional)
    DC Power In

    Audio L (1/4")
    Audio R (1/4")

    Pad Signal Conversion
    Position: up to 1024 resolution (10-bit)
    Velocity: standard 128 resolution

    118 wavetable
    +47 drum (channel 10)

    Scale Patterns (one advance per hit)
    Upwave, uprep, downwave, downrep, centerwave up, centerwave down, velocity up, velocity down, random

    Assignable Controllers
    Position (0-127 range)
    Velocity (0-127 range)
    Pedal (optional) (0-127 range)

    MIDI Note Out: 1.5ms
    Internal Sound Out: 3.0ms

    83 factory
    57 user assignable

    Per-Zone Attributes
    Instrument (0=none, 1-118)
    Note (0-127)
    Channel (1-16)
    Mod (0-127)
    Pitch (0-127)
    Volume (0-127)
    Pan (0-127)
    Scale type (0=none, 1-14)
    Scale pattern (1-10)
    Scale range (0-127)
    Scale step (1-12)

    Global Parameters
    Pitchbend range (1-24 semitones)
    MIDI Note Off Activation (turn this on for instruments with infinite sustain)
    MIDI Note On Time (0-8 seconds)

    EQ: 4-band L, 4-band R

    Effect Parameter Control
    Effects parameters controllable real time by Position, Velocity, Pedal
    Up to 10 total paramenters controllable per patch

    Power Supply
    AC adaptor (DC12V)
    US, UK, EUR, AUS available

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true innovation

By oZborne

from San Diego, CA

If you want to do something truly different with your drumming, look into this product. More personal than the Roland V-drums, which I also own, and more innovative.

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not practical

By jason-gAAXY

from charleston sc

very unusual sounds, and not practical for any musical situation unless you are danny carey. i have not met many musicians who play all the weird scales that this thing does, so playing with a band you will be out of key. in addition you can not really contro what note you will be playing most of the time, so its pretty random...you cant just hit the tonic note in time. the bottom line is that this thing has to be the basis for a song and everyone will have to work around it. its cool to mess around with, but not practical....i exchanged it for a roland handsonic


don't stop!

By El-Berto

from Austin, TX

Now that I have a Mandala Pad my other electronic drums feel like ancient technology. I want more Mandalas! I plugged the pad into the brain and put on some headphones and went through the presets for hours when I got it (some awesome and some okay). The whole 11 inch surface can play the part of dozens of other pads all together and the possibilities seem endless. It's very sensitive to where you hit it and the velocity respose is excellent. Now I have it going through an amp and mounted to my acoustic kit and it's brought my setup to a new level. Time to connect the Mandala's MIDI output to my computer for sample and synth triggering. I heard this pad is a limited edition. I seriously hope not. Keep making these things!


Best Drum

By SSaFH1tgJ

from Deltona, FL

By far the best electronic drum you can get. All diffrent kind of crazy stuff you can do with this. I wish they would have made more percussion insruments though(djembes, tablas, etc.). Other then that this thing is awesome, really sounds works good for recording too.

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