Korg Wavedrum Global WD-X-GLB Global Edition
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- A sound engine that combines DSP-powered algorithms with PCM sounds to allow versatile performances
- A pressure sensor and multiple pickups capture the subtle nuances of your strikes, generating power
- Increased pickup precision provides improved dynamic range, making the instrument more sensitive
- 200 preset programs cover a vast range of sounds from classic percussion to unique and novel sounds
- 140 loop phrases of various genres allow Wavedrum users to jam along or practice to them
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Korg's Wavedrum Global drum synthesizer is an amazing electronic percussion tool that's excruciatingly sensitive, responding to every little bit of nuanced finger action you throw at it. The Wavedrum Global can also takes its cues from sticks and mallets, responding with amazing bounce and the kind of feel normally reserved for calfskin stretched across a hoop. As the name suggests, this Wavedrum is dedicated to 200 world percussion sounds, ranging from familiar to exotic. As a performance and recording tool, Korg's Wavedrum Global will blow you away.
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Only two big weakness: no midi and no possibility to use wav sample into the sound generation processing.
I can get the fact that there is no MIDI (the way in which the wavedrum process sound is very complex, and to represent it on a midi file would be really challenging, if not impossible), but I do not understand why you can't load your own wav files on the wavedrum. Basically the sound is done by adding to the physical sound produced by the percussion of the wavedrum a .wav file, and then reprocessing both to create the final sound. Why on earth I can't add my wav files? I don't understand. You would only need a usb port and some easy libraries. It would be a really more powerful instrument if you could insert your own sound.
Beside this, the wavedrum is really a lot of fun, and the sound presets are really, really good.
Enter the Korg Wavedrum Global Edition! Exactly what I've been needing for the work that I do. Feels and plays like a real drum (because it is! Uses a real drum skin) but with 200 hundred sound options. And most of those sounds are not only quite good, but sits in the mix just right, or cuts through when you need it to when playing more expressively.
When I ordered this I actually thought it might be "just ok but hopefully useful", but I am pleasantly surprised at how nice and expressive it actually is, to the point that I am now using it on almost every track I do! One of the best purchases I've made in quite awhile!
The worst part is that the manual skips important details about how to actually use all of the buttons. There is nothing quick or intuitive about the quick start, and the main manual is on a disk and most modern lap tops don't have a drive for that. Here's a key excerpt I found online that should have been included in the quick start guide:
Playing back a loop phrase
1. Hold down the BANK/MODE button and press button 4 to enter Global mode.
2. Press the BANK/MODE button (several times). The display will indicate Co (Common).
3. Press button 4. The loop phrase will sound. Each time you press the button, the status will alternate between start (PLy) and stop (oFF).
4. To adjust the volume, turn the VALUE knob when button 4 selected.
5. To switch the loop phrase, press button 3 to make the display indicate L o P, and turn the VALUE knob (See Voice Name List).
6. If you want to use a different program, hold down the BANK/MODE button and press button 1 to enter Live mode, and then switch the program. To stop playback, hold down the BANK/MODE button and press but- ton 4 to enter Global mode, then press button 4 in the C o (Common) page.
note: You can’t change the playback speed of the loop phrase.
No MIDI and no expandability. It is what it is.
I give it 5 stars because it seems very well made, has a great instrument set and I find it more fun and satisfying to play than I had imagined. Really delighted with it.