MATRIXSYNTH: Korg Wavedrum demo - sounds/FX presets showing layering and expression

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Korg Wavedrum demo - sounds/FX presets showing layering and expression

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0:00 Preset 96: Creepin’
0:48 Preset 95: Vinyl Drummer
2:01 Preset 91: Tom the Robot
3:04 Preset 90: When the Clock Strikes 12
4:21 Preset 88: Always a Mystery
5:49 Preset 87: Cold Wind
7:06 Preset 85: Suikin '09

"An impromptu demo of the some of the wild/unusual sounds/FX, layering, and expression available in the original Korg Wavedrum (recent Wavedrum Global is even better). All FX are internal. Definitely not my best drumming ever, but it was a lot of fun to make the demo. :-)

There is no MIDI or trigger in/out on the unit, but given the complexity if the triggering and layering I’m not surprised they went this way instead - it’s a self-contained instrument ready for experimentation and aimed at proper hand drummers.

As I explain in the video, the Wavedrum allows full velocity and pressure control to trigger sounds and mods per patch. A contact mic in the frame allows triggers of secondary sounds & FX. The sensitivity if the mic allows multi sound triggering based on intensity of the strike. The frame has guiro-style nubs on either side to allow more expression for the contact mic to pickup (rapid “taps”, etc). The recent Wavedrum Global model has double the presets (combined from WD original and WD oriental) and better pressure response and volume output (a known issue of the original). It’s a nice unit, but still has no MIDI."

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