Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

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Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Accidental Engineer » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:44 pm

I just came across this today. I never thought I would find any drums quieter than my Roland E-Drum kit, but it looks like they've done it - very inexpensive too! http://aerodrums.com/aerodrums-product-page/

More detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGbXfQ2_u70

Has anyone tried it?

PS Hmm, perhaps I should have posted this under "Recording Drums"...apologies mods...
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby jkhuri44 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:25 pm

wow, that looks aweful...
you'd not be able to do any bouncebacks on soemthing like that...
and bye bye feel...
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Kurt » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:48 pm

I reckon it could be more intuitive than clicking on a grid or hammering away at a keyboard for getting ideas down...
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby jkhuri44 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:51 pm

latency? video latency + midi latency...ffs.
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Kurt » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:02 pm

Calm down son. It's a novelty. A toy. It looks like fun. Who cares?
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Accidental Engineer » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:08 pm

jkhuri44 wrote:wow, that looks aweful...
you'd not be able to do any bouncebacks on soemthing like that...
and bye bye feel...


Actually, he explains how in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF8296Aai9k

latency? video latency + midi latency...ffs.


Again, if you watch the videos I posted, apparently this is one of the things he apparently took a good deal of effort & time to get right... the inventor is a drummer, btw...

Whether it lives up to his claims in reality idk, but my brother-in-law is a drummer, & he is ordering one, so I guess I'll find out. However, the snare solo he does at the end of the above video does look very promising, and after reading a few reports on the forum, users seem quite positive.
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Gian » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:16 pm

I'm not a drummer, but I can have a reasonable bash.
And while I think the idea and concept is very cute and clever, I can't see how it would be very good for your technique. Playing a "real" instrument, whatever that may be, responds to you in a tactile way.

So, I am impressed with it...
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Drumstruck » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:45 pm

It'll be great for the air drummers of the world - can you imagine how many times "in the air tonight" will be played???
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Matthew Dawson » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:55 pm

I reckon it's great!

If it works as well as it does in the videos it's awesome. It's hard to think its real though ...

I agree with the "calm down" comment.

Also, for those wanting a tactile interaction with an instrument - have you ever clapped? Ever clicked your fingers? Ever played calves? Castanets? They are all pretty tactile ways to make music in my opinion.

Just because it's different it doesn't mean it is wrong or unworthy.

If it works as it appears to I think it is great.
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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Matthew Dawson » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:34 am

My point is - see it as a new instrument.

Like Hendrix did.

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Re: Ultimate Drums for the Apartment Studio?

Postby Accidental Engineer » Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:07 pm

Just thought I would report back on our experiences with this bit of kit...

My bro-in-law ordered them, & he has been using them for silent practice quite successfully for a while now. He'd been using the stock sounds that came with the program, but the other night we decided to see if we could get it to trigger some of my various vst drum instruments. Happy to report, after a few misfires, we got it working really well.

We tried BFD3, but I think he preferred the response & sound of NI's Studio Drummer... here's a very brief clip my wife took of us jamming through my studio computer monitors with Studio Drummer & Scuffam Amps S-Gear inside Sonar X3: http://vimeo.com/108652656

Another night we tried running Steven Slate Drums 4, and he liked that even better.

Oh, & to answer some of the queries above...with the right interface settings, latency wasn't a problem at all. My bro-in-law tells me that, while it takes a bit of an alteration in technique, it's not at all difficult to adjust to, and the technique required is not detrimental to a normal drumming technique.
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