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    Question Any decent percussion midi controller?

    Hello,
    I am looking for some decent percussion midi controller if possible played with sticks. Just something to play my percussion libraries in a more realistic way.

    All kind of suggestions are welcome!

    Thanks
    Eduardo Tarilonte |Sample Library Developer
    SampleLibraries |MyWeb

  2. #2

    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    Hi Tari,
    I like my drumkat:
    http://www.alternatemode.com/drumkat.shtml
    http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=VCVkBP4O0LU
    Especially great if you connect some pedals.
    Better get two of those:
    http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9HxV-xlNXs
    ;-)

    Chris Hein
    Chris Hein - Horns / Chris Hein - Guitars / Chris Hein - Bass
    http://www.chrishein.net

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    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    Hi Chris,

    That controller looks great! (although it is like hitting Mickey Mouse )

    Both videos are impressive, especially the second one! Absolutely amazing!

    I am not a percussionist myself, so I guess I could live without pedals. It seems that it has a lot of velocity layers, hasn't it?

    Thank you for your advice,

    Best,

    Tari
    Eduardo Tarilonte |Sample Library Developer
    SampleLibraries |MyWeb

  4. #4

    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    there's this thing:
    http://synesthesiacorp.com/
    but i haven't seen one in person so can't vouch for how well they work.

  5. #5

    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    I can really recommend the Zendrum.
    Cant play it with sticks but nothing beats the dynamic control that you get from your fingertips!
    And they look gorgeous!

    www.zendrum.com

    best
    Hans

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    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    The Roland HPD-10 is another cool candidate.
    The cool thing about is that you can apply pressure to the pads to send aftertouch. Great for controlling the pitch of conga samples.
    You can also control the mute by simply keeping a hand on the pad and continue to play with the other plus it has the infamous D-Beam for controlling samples by waving your hand thru an infrared beam!

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    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    Thank you scientist and Hans.

    Cool controllers, the truth is that it is hard to choose. Zendrum seems great, I would love to play it before geting it though. I already have SD2. All the sounds have their own Zendrum patch, which is great.

    Best,
    Eduardo Tarilonte |Sample Library Developer
    SampleLibraries |MyWeb

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    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    I use the Flying Hands Percussion lib that also comes with dedicated Zendrumpatches.
    Finding the perfect layout is the key to cool rhythms.
    Once you found a good setting you can let the fingers do the dance and get in an almost trancey state.

    Your best bet to try a zendrum is at NAMM.
    I dont know any stores that have them on display.
    Actually i had to put down a deposit before they made mine.
    But thats fine-i was relying on advice from some trusthworty friends like Eric Persing and Gundy Keller and the Zendrum was everything they said.

    I also like to use it with tonal samples like Sonic coutures Hangdrum.
    It really helps finding unique patterns and melodies that i probably would never have thought of by playing on keys.

    best
    Hans

  9. #9

    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    Hmmm.
    You are convincing me... What Zendrum model do you have?
    Eduardo Tarilonte |Sample Library Developer
    SampleLibraries |MyWeb

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    Re: Any decent percussion midi controller?

    That is the salesman in me......

    I bought the most basic ZX in blue (my fav colour)
    But if you want to save some money and dont mind to play it like a tabletop the new Zap model will give you the same dynamic control for 400 dollar less.

    I definetly prefer the ZX because of the ergonomic aspect.
    It feels more natural for me to divide the rhythm between two hands and have the zendrum hanging on a strap.
    Looks great for performance too!

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