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loopman
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:57 am    Post subject: Comparisons Reply with quote

Hello guys, I'm new here
I need of your advice, I'm undecided in the purchase between the Wavedrum Global and the Roland HandSonic HPD-20

What I'm looking for :
1) authentic/realistic percussion and world ethnic sounds, I need the warm natural nuance of the acoustic instrument
2) Live performance : I need to rec/play/loop my hand beats in real time

I already own the NI Maschine MK3 and it seems to have a Looper function, but it's a different instrument

Let me know,
Thanks
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cpcohen



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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW (this is very late) --

The WaveDrum is an interesting instrument. However, it has some problems, given what you want to do with it:

a) It's _one_ instrument, with a limited number of sounds at any time.

It can be programmed to make several sounds, depending on where it's hit (hitting the rim is different from hitting the head), and how hard it's hit (called "velocity switching).

But you can't (for example) use it to substitute for a drumkit, or a conga/tumba pair. Not with my capabilities, anyway. (I have dug into the algorithms, and modified their sounds to suit myself -- tedious, but possible.)

b) I play doumbek (badly), and a real doumbek is considerably more flexible than a WaveDrum. It'll give you a doum, and a tek, and let you vary their loudness. But it won't give you the flexibility in tone that you get from a real doumbek.

There are some very nice YouTube videos, in which a Wavedrum substitutes for a whole MidEast ensemble. There is extensive velocity-switching going on, and the demonstrator is a master of that technique.

c) Because of the synthesis algorithm it uses, it's not going to _exactly_ reproduce the sound of any real instrument. I _suspect_ that the HandSonic does a better job, there -- but I've never played one.

I hope that's helpful --

. Charles
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Jeff Highland



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For looping, a separate loop station on the output would be the best option and this would give you foot control. I have a Roland SPD1K Percussion Pad - Kick
coming which I will try as an extra voice
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