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Tom Phils

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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006, 07:47:59 PM »

This would be nice to have a snare of for exressiveness.  I think the applications they show are fairly goofy.
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2006, 01:21:11 AM »

kinda different could be cool the intro decribes it as something that "helps you find wormholes to creative dimensions that will hurl your mind into the unknown"? is that even a good thing kinda brings back the whole 60's image doesn't it maybe Leary helped design it ;D
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2006, 06:25:39 AM »

I think Danny Carey from Tool helped develop this.  He has several of them on his drum set.  Danny is featured on the cover of the most recent Modern Drummer.  July 2006 issue.

I looked at the website as well.  I think it could be a cool little controller.  But the site is not very clear on how it works or what it really does.

One of my custom snare drums if highlighted on page 156 of the same issue.  ;)  Strong Drums www.strongdrums.com

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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2006, 07:13:04 AM »

But the site is not very clear on how it works or what it really does.

There's some illustrations if you get further into the site.  It can 'zone' the drum into areas that are concentric circles, and you can assign a different midi note to each.  It gets confusing as it claims 127 notes, but the example shows a maximum of 7 rings of zones.

In either case, $1000 for a single pad is a bit steep.
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2006, 12:38:46 PM »



In either case, $1000 for a single pad is a bit steep.

And you can't strap it on!
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2006, 12:42:39 PM »

The concentric circle layout is OK, but it seems like this technology would lend itself to custom layouts.

Half n Half, pie slices, etc.   That would be nice for a snare or conga application.


It also appears that dynamics are interpreted by the brain in a much wider scope than MIDI allows.

I suspect that's a big part of the price.
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2006, 05:22:08 PM »

cool but i need a hand unit not stick unit. doh
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2006, 07:14:44 PM »

cool but i need a hand unit not stick unit. doh

I suppose you could just tap the thing...
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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2007, 09:17:08 PM »

It has been a while...
The Mandala is pretty cool.  I have been messing around with it for it's MIDI control.  You CAN use your hands on it.  I am still working with it to set up some better MIDI patches for hands, but non the less it is working very well.

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Re: Interesting drum controller....
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2007, 09:21:24 PM »

It has been a while...
The Mandala is pretty cool.  I have been messing around with it for it's MIDI control.  You CAN use your hands on it.  I am still working with it to set up some better MIDI patches for hands, but non the less it is working very well.

John

Thanks for the update, John.

Any opinions on the "brain based" dynamics?


Tom
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