Mixing synthesizer DSP algorithm with a PCM sound (sampled instrument) and acoustic sound from the drum head makes this electronic drum quite unique.
Due to audio from the acoustic drum head piezo pick-up sounds from WaveDrum will respond much like an acoustic drum and let trough the sound caracter you expect when tension or loosen the head and hitting it with different sticks, brushes, mallets, fingers or nails.
It can be incredibly sensitive and super responsive which is very inspiring. At the same time this can become a headache in live situations where the drum head might resonate with vibration on stage. Treat the problem it respond very similar to an acoustic drum sounding muffed and muted.
Global Edition comes with 140 loop phrases. Can't say I found them very useful as there aren't really a decent way to start and stop the loop from Live mode, nor can speed be adjusted.
Editing sounds are of course a nightmare with 3-character display, a minimum of knobs and buttons. But with a cheat chart in reach and some patient one eventually get there. And it's worth the time spent to learn it as WaveDrum will reward you with loads of useful percusive sounds.
Sound design are divided into two individual paths. Operation manual can be a little confusing here but it starts with user first selecting between what Korg call Single size or Double size algorithm.
Single size: Drum head and Rim trigger each independently are allocated one single size algorithm and one PCM instrument each. I.e. user select one algoritme and one PCM instrument for the head and another pair for the rim. All four instruments share data from the pressure sensor. The head sensor and rim sensor are responsible for triggering algorithm and PCM sounds.
Double size: In this mode a single Double sized algorithm takes inputs from both the Head and Rim sensor. The algorithm also takes control over one single PCM instrument, including when to trigger it. Pressure sensor feeds both the algorithm and the PCM instrument.
SILVER - Original version released 2009
BLACK - Identical to Silver, Limited Edition color scheme
RED - Oriental Edition, identical to Silver with added algorithms and samples
BLUE - Global Edition, all sounds from Oriental and Silver with better audio circuit and added algorithms now 60 total and new PCM instruments 400 total.
Algorithms Global Edition 1–26: Single-size 27–60: Double-size ------------------------------------------ 01 Udu 27 Conga 02 Temple 28 Bongo 03 WoodDrum 29 Snare Drum 1 04 Analog 30 Snare Drum 2 05 Arimbao 31 Snare Drum 3 06 Sawari-A 32 Timbales 07 WindDrum 33 Cajon 08 Triangle 34 Djembe 09 Water 35 BassDrum+SnareDrum 1 10 BigHand 36 BassDrum+SnareDrum 2 11 Steel ST 37 Darabuka 12 Mo'Daiko 38 Darabuka Ensemble 13 Sawari-B 39 Darabuka Turkish 14 Tabla 40 Tar 15 Gong 41 Daf 16 Wah Harp 42 Doyra 17 TalkDrum 43 Req 18 Jingle 44 Daf Iranian 19 Bonga 45 Bendir 20 Koto 46 Snare (Z) 14"x6.5" 21 Bamboo 47 Snare (Acrylic) 14"x6.5" 22 JingDrum 48 Snare (Wood) 14"x7.5" 23 Don-Hya 49 Snare (Wood) 12"x6" 24 Mariko 50 Piccolo Snare (Brass) 13"x4" 25 Upo 51 Quinto (Wood) 26 1812 52 Conga (Wood) 53 Tumba (Wood) 54 Djembe (Fiber) 55 Djembe (CowSkin Hi) 56 Djembe (CowSkin Lo) 57 Cajon 2 58 Bass Drum+Snare Drum 3 59 Bass Drum+Snare Drum 4 60 Bass Drum+Snare Drum 5
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