Introduced in 1994, the original Korg Wavedrum is legendary. It has become one of the most sought-after vintage electronic instruments around. Korg has just announced that the next-generation Wavedrum Digital Percussion Synthesizer will be available in January 2010.
The Wavedrum can be used as a stand-alone percussion instrument or integrated into an existing drum kit or percussion rig. Unlike digital trigger-based systems, the Wavedrum uses a real drumhead as the playing surface, providing an authentic and familiar feel. This allows the performer to employ sticks, brushes, mallets or traditional hand-drum techniques. There are actually two playing surfaces: the head and the rim. Under the head is an audio transducer, similar to a microphone. This transducer drives the Wavedrum''s DSP and PCM sound engines, providing a far more expressive and natural playing experience than trigger-based systems that rely on PCM playback alone.
By combining 36 DSP synthesis algorithms with 200 PCM samples, the Wavedrum provides a palette of sounds that ranges from traditional drum and percussion instruments to complex synthetic tones and sound effects. In addition to the ability to create new and unusual sounds, the Wavedrum re-creates a vast array of percussion instruments from around the planet. It can even reproduce stringed instruments such as the sitar, koto, and berimbau. This allows a single the Wavedrum to replace what would have been a room full of instruments.