Aerodrums, new Air Drums system
Manufacturers have been looking for a solution for playing drums silently for quite some time now. Aerodrums is their new attempt.
Aerodrums, which had been unveiled at NAMM last January, is now available for purchase in Europe and USA via Amazon. The system was created by British company Fictitious Capital and is manufactured in South Africa.
Aerodrums is a harware/software system: you use sticks and foot sensors that wirelessly communicate with a camera that detects the gesture and translates them to your computer (Sony 3 Eye USB camera, sold separately for about 10€ as a bundle at Amazon).
On the Mac or PC side, a software representing the drum kit, with a sample library, transcribes the detected gesture when you play with the Aerodrums sensors (the impact shows at the same time on your computer, with a very low latency, so watch your technique).
The sound collection includes samples of Yamaha and Pearl snares, Gretsch kicks and toms, as well as UFIP crashes, rides, splashes and hi-hats (16 opening levels for the hi-hats, with different samples), a Zildjian china, a Meinl cowbell and a tambourine.
You can also map your own drum samples and the manufacturer adds that you can add MIDI notes to trigger a sampler for example or record your performance to you DAW.
The Aerodrums is available for 120€ / $160 / £100, visit aerodrums.com for video demos.
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